Ministries and Community

Community Ministry

First Presbyterian Church is committed to its identity as a downtown urban church. We are committed participants in the total life of downtown Little Rock. Our congregation also seeks to be responsible citizens of the larger community-the state of Arkansas, the nation, and the world. 

As a downtown congregation, we seek to be faithful to our call to service as a small congregation within this urban environment. Using the resources that God has given us we commit ourselves to our location at 800 Scott Street. We are committed to service through providing space and resources for non-profit community service organizations serving the poor and the oppressed of the city. We are committed to advocacy for and service on behalf of people in need in the city of Little Rock. As we are able, we will provide space and resources to nonprofit community organizations that serve the city. At this time, the following groups are housed in our facility:
 

Stewpot

Stewpot provides 150 homeless, low-wage, and transient persons with a hot meal every weekday. The Stewpot also provides its guests with clothes and clinical care.

Baptist Health Community Clinic & Wellness Center
Call 501-227-8478

Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR) 
CAR is committed to creating a just and peaceful society that respects the value of all people and provides equitable access to civil rights, a democratic process and economic and environmental justices. Among other things, CAR provides support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

Environmental Ministry

To show our love for God’s creation, the congregation of First Presbyterian Church seeks to reduce our ecological footprint in our church life and in our personal lives.

Green Team
The First Presbyterian Church Green Team is committed to reducing our energy and paper use. To reduce paper use, we have redesigned our church bulletin, gone to an electronic newsletter, reduced handouts at session meetings, and implemented recycling. To reduce our energy emissions, the Green Team recently met to install energy efficient film and caulking on windows. A space heater was installed in the church office and tenants were asked to participate by reducing the amount of heating or cooling, especially when offices are empty. We are also in the process of replacing our building fixtures to utilize compact fluorescent bulbs. 

Carbon Fast for Lent
We have participated in a carbon fast for Lent. Rather than giving up something like chocolate, the congregation was encouraged to give up a carbon-producing activity for Lent. Examples included turning down the heat, giving up meat one day a week, or giving up bottled water.