- Children & Youth
Annual Family Camp at NaCoMe
A wonderful time for fun, spiritual growth and fellowship in God's natural setting. An awesome annual tradition for the ENTIRE Church family - there is something for everyone! Save the Date: July 29-31, 2016.
Summer Mission Trip 2016
Do you remember the 2015 flooding in South Carolina? Join your church family as we work with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to help with repairs, home rebuilding and cleaning on June 29th - July 4th.
Middle School Conference 2016
The Great Escape Middle School Conference is June 12-17th at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. The deadline for early registration is February 1st! Click here for more information.
A Church Filled With God's Love
This is a place for worship, spiritual growth, nurture, fellowship and service. We invite you to tour this web site and find out more about First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Tennessee.
Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Jackson!
Welcome to the website of First Presbyterian Church, where we are actively seeking to grow in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and show God's presence in our lives through service to others. It is our mission to provide numerous and varied opportunities for people to encounter and reflect the life changing presence of Christ. We seek to do this through study and worship, fellowship and service, and we invite you to be a part of who we are becoming in Christ.
We have a rich heritage in this congregation, and we give thanks for those who have faithfully served here in the past. At the same time, we realize that God is calling us to a powerful, challenging ministry in the present - as God has been so gracious to us, so also we grow in that grace, and serve in love.
Enjoy the website, but don't stop here! Let this site introduce you to some of our ministries and services, then come and see them in action! There is a place for you here - a place to grow; a place to serve. We invite you to join us for Worship at 9:30 am and Sunday School for all ages at 10:45 am. Nursery care is provided for all church gatherings.
We're glad you're here online, and we hope to see you in person soon!
First Presbyterian Church...
"Growing in Grace. Serving in Love."
Message from the Pastor
As Christians, it is important that we realize that the journey to the resurrection first passed through Golgotha. In his book, Mutual Ministry, James Fenhagen says: "One of the fruits of solitude is an increased capacity for compassion - the ability to 'suffer with' another's pain. It comes about as the result of an increased sense of solidarity with the human family of which we are a part. When Paul talks about 'suffering with those who suffer', he is talking about compassion, that supreme gift without which we are less than fully human. We are confronted daily with the pain of human tragedy - the breakup of a family or the sunken face of a starving child - to such an extent that we soon learn to turn off what we see. In order to cope with our feelings of helplessness, we teach ourselves how not to feel. The tragedy of this response, which is probably far more widespread than we dare believe, is that we also deaden our capacity for love. For Christians, the cross stands as an ever-present reminder that love and suffering are two sides of the same coin."
"Love and suffering are two sides of the same coin." As Christians, we are called to embrace a love which suffers. We love because God first loved us, and if we truly love, then we suffer with those who suffer. Caring is part of life for the Christian. Therefore, we work for justice in a world of injustice; we strive for peace even when peace seems like an implausible idea; we care for the uncaring, love the unlovable, and touch the untouchable.
As Christians, we are called to action. God's Kingdom is not yet fully realized. We still struggle with sin and brokenness in this world, but Christ's victory over sin and death on Easter morning empowers us to live as His new creations...creations who care and serve.
Grace and Peace.