Giving of one’s time and talents is the cornerstone of First Presbyterian Church, Sarasota. Whether it is every week, once a month or just a few times a year, a gift of yourself is so important.

For detailed information about the church’s mission work, read:Annual Report 2018

Connecting Through Fellowship

Fellowship Ministry Team: Social events take place throughout the year including kayaking, dinner/theater, CROP Walk, annual yard sale and caroling.

Presbyterian Women (PW): Three women’s circles meet nine months out of the year for Bible study and to develop programs with a strong emphasis on mission. All circles then gather once a month for a luncheon and guest speaker.

Nurturing Health & Wellness

Health and Wholeness Ministry: The board of deacons supports the health and wholeness ministry and the work of our faith community nurse, professional registered nurse (RNs) with additional training in holistic ministry. This ministry provides the church and community with education that focuses on health promotion and wellness as well as spiritual care and support in times of illness and grief, including:

Grief Support Group:  Do you find yourself in the midst of grief and loss following the death of a loved one? Consider attending an upcoming six-week bereavement support group Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Cheryl Track, faith community nurse, (941) 320-3828 or

Yoga classes are offered every Tuesday in the forum, 9:00-10:15 a.m., with yoga teacher Annie Murphy and Thursday evenings (6:00-7:00 p.m.) with Maria Latona. Cost: $10.00 per class. Credit cards accepted. Bring yoga mat, water and a friend! Call Cheryl Track, Faith Community Nurse for any questions, 941-320-3828.

About the Teacher: Annie Murphy was introduced to yoga in 1988, but truly began her personal journey of discovery and teaching through yoga in 2004, becoming a registered yoga teacher in 2007. Also a licensed massage therapist, Annie brings practical know-how regarding body mechanics and safety to her yoga students. On her personal path, yoga has been a blessing through tough times, bringing strength, comfort and balance to the mind and heart, as well as the body. Annie’s classes offer the opportunity for you to release stress, build strength, restore balance and connect your heart to God’s Supreme Love.

Pneumonia and Flu Shots

Monthly health and wholeness articles in Cross Connections, the monthly newsletter

Health related community events and information posted outside the church office.

For the latest information, check Recent News or the monthly Cross Connections.

Check out this link for optimizing health ~ enjoying delicious food ~ loving life

Other helpful contacts: 
Nami Helpline: 800-950-NAMI, M-F 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Sarasota County, (941) 376-9361
Find Help in a Crisis: Text “NAMI” to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-TALK or text 741741

Military One Source: 24/7 Helpline: 800-342-9647

Community Health and Social Connections:  (senior tab select events)



fpc-labyrinth0815Prayer Labyrinth

The labyrinth design used at First Presbyterian Church is based on the 11-circuit labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral in France. It was installed in 2006 using the bricks that paved the street in front of the church since it was built in 1928. The labyrinth is a path of prayer, a walking meditation, a watering hole for the spirit and a mirror of the soul. … May you be nourished.
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Disaster Preparation

Another way we care for others is to provide assistance during times of disaster. If you are an individual or household possibly needing assistance during a storm OR if you are available to volunteer before and after a disaster or to house church families who need to evacuate, please download the survey form below, complete, and return to the church office. Note that our Disaster Preparedness Program cannot and does not replace emergency services provided by government agencies. It is important that you read the hurricane guides provided by your county and make a plan for you, your family, and your property.

Disaster Preparation Survey Form»

Opportunities to Serve

Mission and Justice: Jean Luker 
Family Promise (meals/housing for homeless families): Meals, overnight hosts, set-up, mission trip, SURE, Caritas, Resurrection House

Worship | Contact: Mary Webb
Greeters and ushers, communion preparation, hospitality center, sound/tech/computer, special event preparation

Music | Contact: Steven Phillips
Singers, handbells, instrumentalists

Education and Formation, Children and Youth and Adults | Contact: Kelly Fitzgerald
Academy of Christian Discipleship,  Sunday school teachers, nursery, mid-week program helpers, vacation Bible school, youth group meal sponsors

Office Help | Contact: Rachel Martin
Filing, answering the phone at the reception desk, folding bulletins, collating the newsletter

Join a Committee or Ministry Team 
All committees and ministry teams meet on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.