Clarion Christian Preschool


a wonderful place to start!

Under the direction of Holly Gourley, the preschool will continue to model Christian values and focus on child-centered curriculum while providing such enhancements as community field trips, Spanish classes and a nurturing staff.

The “Little Lambs” program for 3 year olds meets 2 mornings a week and the “Shining Stars” program for 4 year olds meets 3 mornings a week.

To find out more information or to register a child, contact Holly at 745-3807 or hollygourley@hotmail.com

Ministries

As imperfect people struggling to follow a perfect Lord, we know that we don’t get it right a lot of the time. If we said that things were always wonderful in our church, we wouldn’t be telling the whole truth. But the Truth is that for every time we mess up, God has a word of forgiveness. Because new mercies find us every morning, we are freed to practice our Christian faith (and it takes a lot of practice). These are some of the ministries that bring to life our mission statement: We come together to worship, grow and serve as disciples of Christ.

To worship...

Christian worship joyfully ascribes all praise and honor, glory and power to the triune God.
In worship the people of God acknowledge God present in the world and in their lives.
As they respond to God’s claim and redemptive action in Jesus Christ,
believers are transformed and renewed.
In worship the faithful offer themselves to God and are equipped for God’s service in the world.

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In response to God’s abundant love in Jesus Christ, we come together in worship to offer ourselves to God and to grow into the people God has created us to be. Our worship services are on Sundays at 11:00 and all are welcome.(Summer Schedule for June, July, August: Worship at 10:00)


For more details about worship at First Presbyterian,
click here.

grow...

Sunday School Classes for ages Preschool-12th Grade at 9:45 am (Sept. 10, 2017 through May 2018).  Everyone gathers on the lower level of the Christian Education wing.

9:45- 10:45 Youth (grades 7-12)  meet for discussion in the Teen/Tech Room.

Preschool - 6th grades: 9:45– 10:15 Gathering with introduction to the day's lesson, Bible verse, singing & snacks
10:15 - 10:45 Lesson, prayer, Bible memory verses, & crafts

All children and youth in Pre-K through 12th grade are invited to join us each Sunday morning at 9:45 am for fellowship and fun! We meet in the lower level of the CE Building.

ADULT EDUCATION

Adult Sunday school classes convene at 9:45 am. The adult class meets in the chapel, while the young adult class meets concurrently downstairs in the Social Hall. The classes will have a special Bible Study during Advent. We will use N.T. Wright’s Advent for Everyone: A Journey with the Apostles and other seasonal material to guide our discussion. Join us before worship as we look to scripture to help us prepare the way for the Lord.


Maker Fun Factory--2017 VBS

and serve...

Using our God-given gifts and talents is a fulfilling form of worship and an important way of connecting with our community of faith.  Whether our gifts are large or small, they are valuable in service to God. Click here to see some ways we serve.

Ongoing financial and hands-on support for mission projects is an important aspect of our congregational life.  Cleaning and rebuilding after disasters, ministering to the homeless in NYC, supporting mission work in Kyenjojo, Uganda and supplying comfort items for our troops are just a few of the local, national and global missions we share.

 

Music

Our church is blessed with a vibrant music program.  Each of the groups that participate in worship adds an element of praise and adoration for our Lord that the spoken word alone cannot accomplish.  Everyone is welcome to join us!

Adult Rehearsal Schedule - September through May

Echoes of Joy  Bell Choir                        5:30 - 6:30 pm Thursdays

Adult Vocal Choir                                    6:45 - 7:45 pm Thursdays

Joyful Bells Beginner Bell Choir               8:45 - 9:45 am Sundays

Children's Choir for K - 6th Grade         Incorporated into Sunday School on Sunday mornings at 9:45

Calling All Those Who Love to Make Music:  If you love to make music, why are you procrastinating in joining a group that is calling your name? There is NO form to sign that says you have to attend every Sunday or every rehearsal. We are just happy that one more voice or ringer is lifting beautiful music to the Lord. Vocal Choir rehearsals are Thurs. evening beginning at 6:45 pm. The first rehearsal is Aug. 31 but we don't sing in worship until Sept. 10.

Joyful Bells rehearsal is Sunday morning beginning at 8:45 am. Their first rehearsal is Sept. 10. This is a great opportunity to learn about playing handbells. You don't have to read music (but that is an added plus if you do.) We will teach you everything you need to know to play handbells. It is open to Grade 7 and up!! Come check us out.

Echoes of Joy will also begin on Aug. 31 at 5:30 pm. Can’t wait to see everyone at our first rehearsal.

Questions?  Please contact our Music Director, Bonnie Champion.

Children & Youth

Encouraging our students as they develop their relationships to Jesus, to each other and to the church is the focus of our learning to worship, grow and serve.

Active learning, songs and lessons mark Sunday School  for our young disciples.  As do mission projects for near and far: serving as acolytes, making decorations for church events, baking cookies for shut-ins and soldiers and saving coins for mission projects.

Teens can spread their wings through opportunities that include becoming active, serving members of the church; helping with VBS, Food For Friends and ushering. Group meetings, trips and other activities as suggested by the students are also a part of building up our relationships within the body of Christ.

Presbyterian Women

PW invites women of all ages to join us.  Gatherings are held several times a year for all members and smaller groups, or Circles, meet regularly for Bible study, social time and mission.

The Purpose of Presbyterian Women
 Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to
 nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study, support the mission of the church worldwide,
 work for justice and peace and to build an inclusive, caring community of women
 that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA)
 and witnesses to the promises of God's kingdom.

We have Circles that meet at each time of the day. Choose one that’s convenient for you and check it out:

* Morning meets at 10:00 am on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Parlor.
 * Afternoon meets at 12:30 pm on the 2nd Thursday each month in the Step Down Room.
 * Evening meets at 7:00 pm on the 2nd Wednesday each month in different homes.

We would like to invite all women to be involved in a circle. If none of these times suit you, let us know what your needs are. Contact Lori Smith or Susan Joy, Co-Moderators.

Deacons

The office of deacon is one of sympathy, witness and service after the example of Jesus Christ.  The deacons minister to those that are in need, to the sick, to those that need a friend and to anyone in distress from within or outside our faith community.  They assist with the preparations and needs for worship and communion and pray for the concerns of the church and the people.

The Deacons oversee a number of ministries:

  • Food for Friends is a cooperative program of community churches.  Volunteers plan and prepare hot meals which are served in the Social Hall every Wednesday throughout the year.  Anyone is welcome to the meal at no cost.
  • The Sharing Cupboard collects donated non-perishable foods and paper products.  These items are distributed in our community through the Clarion County Food Bank at Community Action.
  • The Media Ministry makes each Sunday Worship Service available for listening or downloading from our website media player. CD's may also be requested through the church office.  A number of CD players are available to borrow.

Everyone has a gift to share!  If you would like to help with any of these ministries please contact us.

Church Library

Our library has something for everyone.  Please stop in and browse on Sunday mornings or during church office hours (9-3 Mon-Fri).  The Library is located behind the Sanctuary, near the main doors. Books and videos are available to borrow by self check-out.

Donations for books purchased in memory of or in honor of a loved one are gratefully accepted. A specific title may be requested or our librarian can choose one.  Your donation will be acknowledged on the inside cover of the book.  Donations of appropriate, used books are also welcomed.