Everyone needs a little extra care and support.

At one time or another, every person needs a little extra care and support. This page of our website is dedicated to letting our members and community know how the church body can care for you during difficult times.

So much in life can sideline us: illness, grief, job loss, financial crisis, aging, separation or divorce, loneliness, birth or adoption, spiritual crisis… sometimes we just need someone to talk to about it all. Trained Stephen Ministers are ready to provide you with distinctively Christian one-on-one caregiving as you deal with any life difficulty or transition.

Learn more about Stephen Ministry here.

To request a Stephen Minister or to serve as one, contact Claire Francis at 678-313-1961 or fill out the form below.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers work alongside our pastors to care for, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are going through a difficult time. If you are in need of a Stephen Minister or would like to learn about becoming one, please fill out this form.

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Prayer requests are kept confidential unless you give permission for them to be printed in our weekly Prayer Email. FPC also offers beautiful shawls, wraps, and lap blankets, hand-made and prayed over by volunteers for those in need of encouragement during difficult times, health or otherwise.

Submit joys and concerns directly to Rev. Paul Sherwood. Request a prayer shawl by contacting Becca Yan.

You can also reach out to your Neighborhood Group Leader with any prayer requests. Not sure who your group leader is? Email Becca Yan.

Our pastors are available to visit those who have difficulty coming to worship or who may need a way to stay connected to our church family.

To request a visit, email Rev. Joe Brice.

There is nothing logical about the grief process. Loved ones come to mind at the oddest of moments, and you may find yourself angry or crying just when you thought you were feeling better. Give yourself lots of grace to grieve in your own way, and reach out to some loving people for care and support. FPC offers Grief Support Groups periodically, and our Stephen Ministers are here to offer a listening ear any time.

To meet with a Stephen Minister, contact Claire Francis at (770) 427-3606. Contact Rev. Paul Sherwood at (770) 427-0293 x256 for information about a Grief Support Group.

My Handy Friend
The purpose of this ministry is to provide a service to our members with limited ability such as age, physical, or economic ability, who need some assistance. Our goal is to create a team of qualified volunteers who will provide safe, reliable repairs or help. If you are in need of assistance or would like to volunteer your time and skills, please fill out this form and someone will be in touch with you. Questions? Contact Paul Sherwood at 770-427-0293 or Ken Miner at 315-263-0827.

FPC Food Outreach Ministry

We partner with Sweetwater Mission (sweetwatermission.org) in Austell to distribute groceries and essentials to approximately 280 families who drive through our church’s main parking lot every Tuesday between 5:00 and 7:00 PM. Families who need this service do not need to make an appointment. There is no cost; a minimum amount of data is collected.

Tapestry Associates
We are so thrilled with our partnership with Tapestry Associates (tapestryassociates.com) as we share our space and they share their counseling services with our staff and members at discounted rates. Check out the details here.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Because one in five adults have a diagnosable mental health condition, FPC has partnered with NAMI Cobb (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for many years to provide a safe space to discuss mental health concerns so that no one needs to feel alone. Support Groups for individuals with a mental health condition and another group for families who have a loved one with a mental health condition meet every week at FPC and the NAMI Family-to-Family eight-week education class (for family members) as well as the Peer-to-Peer class (for diagnosed individuals) is offered periodically. Contact Neill Blake or programs.namicobb@gmail.com

Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb
This Christ-centered health center provides a comprehensive range of medical and dental services for patients without health insurance or the means to afford care. Volunteer opportunities include professional medical and dental work, front office help, packing healthcare bags, professional counseling and more.

MUST Ministries
More than 6,000 volunteers serve through MUST, a multifaceted community ministry connecting people who have a desire to help with those who need help the most. Volunteer opportunities include after school tutoring and mentoring; manning the thrift shop or volunteering at the homeless shelter; giving food, clothing, and other items; running in the Thanksgiving Day Gobble Jog; or getting involved in the summer lunch program. First Presbyterian Church is a MUST Summer Lunch distribution site.

The Extension
The Extension provides comprehensive addiction treatment services and life rehabilitation at two resident facilities – one for men and one for women. FPC supports The Extension through donations of money, supplies, and volunteers to prepare meals, make repairs, teach life skills classes, and more.

The Zone
An extension of the Davis Direction Foundation’s non-profit corporation, The Zone is led and governed by people in recovery, as well as their family members, friends and allies. It’s a Recovery Community Organization (RCO) that mobilizes resources within and outside of the recovery community to make long-term recovery possible for the population it serves.


We’d love to hear from you, whether you have a question, suggestion or just want to get involved. Fill out this form to get in touch. And be sure to connect with us on social media to join our online community.