Salt and Light: Nurturing Our City’s Children

July 1, 2016

“You are the salt of the earth…you are the light of the world…in the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16)

BELL 2016 little sisterIf you want to see what church looks like when we are really being church, come to the campus of First Presbyterian the first six weeks of the summer.

We are about halfway through hosting the BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) program – a tutoring initiative that provides experiences in the classroom and the uptown community for 60 students from the K-8th grade Westerly Hills Academy, with whom our church has a partnership.

These six weeks our campus is buzzing: in the courtyard at drop-off, in the Wood Fellowship Hall for breakfast, on the third floor for classes, and through the hallways as children make this church their home.

Additionally, in the summer our church also makes a commitment to send children to Camp Grier for a total of 65 camper weeks.

Our summer program is one of the finest examples of where our faith and our stewardship become salt and light in our community. These programs make an impact. Reading scores go up. Parents are more plugged in. Children grow in confidence. And God is glorified.

We’re about halfway through the summer and our fundraising for BELL and Camp Grier (total of $60,000) is about halfway finished, too. Whether you are a member of First Presbyterian or a fan, I encourage you to help us make a difference in the lives of dozens of children by supporting this vital ministry of the church.

– Pen Peery