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: our latest annual report
Connecting Through Fellowship
Salt Shakers (Contact: Barbara Anderson at 941-809-1198 or Marti Clapp at 941-359-8097): Groups of eight to ten people meet monthly for potluck dinners or lunches as a fun way to get to know one another through food, prayer and 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): Seven 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 Nurses, professional Registered Nurses (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:
Brief Wholeness Worship Service on the second Sunday of each month at 12:15 p.m. in the chapel for those seeking prayer for spiritual and physical healing of yourself and others. This 15-minute service is led by one of the many ministers within our congregation and includes the laying on of hands for those in need of healing and the touch of the Holy?
Grief Support Group, “Moving Forward in Faith,” is an opportunity for those who have recently lost a loved one to gather for support, and have some food, fellowship and fun! This fall, FPC is hosting GriefShare, a 13-week program open to the community to help those who are grieving the loss of a spouse, child, family member or friend. The program is held on Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Cheryl Trac, faith community nurse, at 941-320-3828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gentle Yoga Classes are offered Tuesday and Thursday each month in the Forum, 9:15-10:30 a.m., with yoga teacher Annie Murphy. Cost: $8.00 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.
Free Laugh, Lunch and Learn events.
Blood pressure screenings on the first Sunday of every month between services in the Faith Community Nurse office. Or you may call for an appointment during the week.
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.
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.
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.
Opportunities to Serve
(meals/housing for homeless families): Meals, Overnight Hosts, Set Up
Office Help | Contact: Rachel Martin»
Filing, Answering the Phone, Folding Bulletins, Collating the Newsletter, Reception Desk
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.