[COVID-19 RESPONSE]FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF OCEAN SPRINGS
MINISTRY UPDATES AT FIRST PRES
We will have two worship services each Sunday at 9 AM and 11 AM. We will be able to accommodate 120 people at each service. Masks will be required at worship until further notice. You will be asked to register each week to help us better prepare for Sunday. Registration will close at noon on Saturday.
For those continuing to worship from home, we will livestream the 9 AM service on Sunday. You can find our livestream on our website, Vimeo and on Facebook.
We are now providing NURSERY (ages 0-2) and CHILDCARE (ages 3-Kindergarten), in a limited capacity at the 9 AM service ONLY. We will be able to accommodate 10 children in the nursery and 10 children in childcare. You must register your child for nursery or childcare no later than NOON on Friday.
NURSERY: Children ages 0-2 can be dropped off starting at 8:45 AM on the first floor of the Education Building. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing as you drop off your child. Please pick up your child on the first floor immediately following the worship service.
CHILDCARE: Children ages 3-K can be dropped off starting at 8:45 AM on the first floor of the Education Building. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing as you drop off your child. CHILDREN AGES 3-K WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK. Please send a water bottle with your child’s name on it as they may be going outside. Please pick up your child on the first floor immediately following the worship service.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, we are not holding in-person Sunday School, Bible Studies or Sunday Night Programs at the church at this time.
This fall, we are seeking to begin new Vital Groups with 10 to 12 individuals or couples. These groups will meet on Sunday nights from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM in the Education Building. This way, we can socially distance ourselves and only have rooms at the church that need to be sanitized instead of your homes. Childcare can be provided. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact Steve Wood, Director of Christian Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 228-234-9429.
This past weekend, we collected a van full of hurricane relief supplies to aid those affected by Hurricane Laura, which we will be delivering on Tuesday. We will continue to support our friends to the west as their needs evolve in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. We are accepting hurricane relief monetary donations, and one of our Care Team members will be happy to shop for hurricane relief supplies for you. Text LAURA to 228-206-5391 to make a donation or visit our Give page and select “Hurricane Relief” from the drop-down menu.
Be prepared for worship! Download all the resources you need for our weekly online worship services here.
ONLINE WORSHIP ARCHIVE
Even though we have canceled in-person worship services until further notice, that doesn’t mean we have stopped being the church! We have come up with some creative ways to stay connected digitally during the coronavirus pandemic. Below you will find ministry resources for children, youth and adults.
With the kids home from school, now is a great time to really dive deep into the Gospel! One great resource is joining our Families of First Pres Facebook group – lots of great activities, resources and conversation with parents with kids ages 3 through 5th grade! And every Sunday right before our 10 AM online worship service, we’re encouraging you to have Sunday School in your home! You can download the week’s lesson below! Our children’s ministry director Aimie Barton has also curated a bunch of online resources that would be great for your kids. Check them out!
Youth ministry director Luke Mittwede has set up a Facebook group and a YouTube channel to keep our youth engaged and connected during the COVID-19 outbreak. Be sure to join in the fun!
For adults, Pastor Kory is going to continue his Acts chapel class online! Check out his virtual Sunday School on our Vimeo channel. Steve Wood comes to us from his front porch in the De Soto National Forest with a new Monday-Friday daily devotional called “Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs” – be sure to tune in!
WAYS TO GIVE
MAIL OR DROP-OFF
You can drop off your tithes and offerings to the church office or mail them in at 921 Ocean Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.
Text GIVE to 228-206-5391 and follow the link! It’s that easy!
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The church office will be closed until further notice. Should you need assistance, you may call the church office (228-875-5326) and that call will be forwarded to a staff member who can help you. Or you may email us through the contact form. Some staff will continue to work from the office, but some will work remotely. The ministry of your church staff will continue, albeit in new ways.