First Church participates in a number of ministries designed to offer support to those who need it. Whether you’re mourning the death of a loved one, struggling with an addiction, or faced with the imprisonment of a family member, our church family is here to help you through your times of trial.
Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step, Christ-centered program for anyone struggling with hurts, habits, or hang-ups. The lessons, group sessions and fellowship are based upon the life-changing principles found in the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. We have found hope and help in the power of Jesus Christ!
This experience allows us to embrace change. We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths, and hopes with one another. We become willing to accept God’s grace in solving life’s problems. By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates ease, serenity, joy and, most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. As we progress through the program, we discover our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power – Jesus Christ.
Center House has its roots right here at First Church. Started as a ministry of the church and still managed by First Church volunteers, Center House is a certified Tennessee Department of Corrections half-way/transitional home for men.
Our mission is to provide a safe, structured living environment for individuals that are being released from state correctional institutions. Center House encourages personal and spiritual growth of residents through the teachings of Jesus Christ, fellowship and accountability.
The Christ-centered curriculum of Center House focuses on three important areas of life – spiritual, practical and therapeutic. Qualified instructors work alongside of and monitor each resident’s progress.
Working with and on behalf of the State of Tennessee Board of Probations and Parole, we promote a structural balance between worship services and therapeutic meetings. Our program aids the penal/judicial system with the rehabilitation process of inmates who are re-entering the community.
It is a joy to see residents complete this process, find their place in the church family, transition to new jobs, and in some instances, reunite with loved ones.
Visit the Center House website for additional details about this ministry.
Christian Prisoner Fellowship
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink … I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. … ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? … When did we see you sick or in prison and go visit you?’ … Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Adapted from Matthew 25:35-40)
Christian Prisoner Fellowship is committed to extending the hope and power of Christ’s gospel to more than 7.3 million people currently behind bars, on probation, or on parole in North America’s criminal justice systems, as well as to their families. With the message of Christ’s love, forgiveness, and restoration, CPF works closely with correction officials, inmates and their families to assist in the inmates’ transition toward becoming productive citizens.
The First Church Christian Prisoner Fellowship team ministers weekly in a number of institutions in the Middle Tennessee area.
Mourning to Morning
Someone you love has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. Mourning is not a weakness, nor is it absence of faith. It is the most intense process that most people ever go through. It is as natural as crying when you are hurt, eating when you are hungry, or sleeping when you are tired. Mourning is nature’s way of healing a broken heart.
The Mourning to Morning ministry provides a warm atmosphere of caring acceptance and confidentiality where the grieving can find support, understanding, and friendship to help reshape their lives at a time when they barely have the energy to live day by day. At Mourning to Morning, you’ll find helpful information and literature, individual and group counseling, and social interaction with others who are also experiencing loss. Mourning to Morning offers a quiet place of help and hope … a place for you.
Be assured that by the grace of God and the caring support from understanding friends, you too can make the journey from Mourning to Morning.
The First Church Mourning to Morning ministry is free and open to anyone seeking comfort. Visit the event calendar or contact the church office for information regarding our next meeting time and location.