Seeking to be faithful to the call of Jesus Christ to go into all the world preaching, teaching and baptizing, the congregation at First Presbyterian Church, Shelbyville strives to reach a balance in ministering to needs locally, regionally and internationally. A wide variety of mission activities are available for individuals to use their specific gifts whether it be prayerful support, financial support or hands on experience.

Gifts from the Heart Christmas Market

In 2005 the Mission committee introduced the Gifts from the Heart Christmas Market which has continued each year in the church fellowship hall on a Saturday in November. Open to the community, this endeavor provides Christmas shoppers an opportunity to shop with a conscience by donating to local and international charities in honor of family and friends in lieu of purchasing a traditional gift.  Fair Trade coffee, tea and chocolate is sold and benefits small farmers around the globe.  Another opportunity for shopping is with Ten Thousand Villages which brings a selection of merchandise from artisans in developing countries.  The Presbyterian Women initiated a bake sale in 2011 to raise money for selected projects and the Presbyterian Youth raised funds for various activities.

Habitat for Humanity

Traditionally, we have included Habitat for Humanity in the Mission budget for benevolences.  In 2007 the congregation funded and helped build a house for Habitat.  Each year since, a core group of skilled and unskilled workers has provided labor and lunch for at least one construction project.

Mission Trips
There have been three trips to the Gulf Coast to help clean up and repair damage done by Hurricane Katrina. Groups have gone to D’Iberville, MS, Gautier, MS and Bayou Le Batre, AL where they have gutted, rebuilt and painted houses that were damaged in hurricanes.

Currently, we have a commitment to churches in Guatemala to help them install and maintain water purification systems through Living Water for the World.

In 2006 a group of 16 traveled to Esteli, Nicaragua to share God’s word through vacation Bible school and to do some construction work. Financial support was given to the Shalom Presbyterian Church and to missionaries Emerson and Martina Wilson in Esteli.

Annual Benevolences
Each year local, regional and international 501C3 organizations that minister to those in need are part of First Presbyterian’s mission and outreach.

The Missions and Outreach Committee page can be found here.