Children & Youth
Each Sunday the nursery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Our long time nursery attendant, LaToya Hughes, along with volunteers care for our youngest visitors and members. Our nursery was recently updated and provides a comfortable, clean, and safe environment for little ones.
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL
We offer Sunday School for Pre K- High School. Our PreK & Elementary classes follow the “We Believe” curriculum from the PCUSA. Our youth follow various curriculums throughout the year.
CHILDREN IN WORSHIP
We welcome children of all ages to attend and participate in weekly worship. Crying babies, wiggly toddlers, and energetic kids are all part of our church family and usually present in worship. Each week children help the pastor with different parts of the liturgy and there is a short children’s sermon. After the Passing of the Peace, young children may either remain in worship with their families or be dismissed to our nursery. Worship explorer packs are available for kids each Sunday along with the bulletins.
Young Adults & Families
The “Sacred Ordinary” Sunday School class meets in the chapel each Sunday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. The class is geared towards the younger adults in the congregation and focuses on the intersection of faith and our busy lives.
The Young Adults/ Families Fellowship Group meets once a month. The activities change each month, but the purpose remains the same: to connect young church members and families, as they grow together in faith and enjoy each others company.
Our two adult Sunday School classes, the Baby Boomer class and the Joy class, meet each Sunday from 9:45-10:45. They follow the “The Present Word” curriculum.
The Baby Boomer class meets on the 1st floor of the Education Building across from the nursery. The Joy class meets in Pettus Hall.
MEN OF THE CHURCH
The Men of the Church group meets on the first Wednesday night of the month at 6:00p.m. for dinner, fellowship and a program related to faith and community. Though these events are hosted by the men of our church, all church members are welcome.
The Presbyterian Women circle meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. for Bible study and refreshments. They are part of the national Presbyterian Women organization through the PC(USA). They follow the PW Horizons Bible Study, “Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandsments”. As a group they also contribute to local and national charities.
After worship each Sunday everyone is invited to join together in a time of fellowship in Pettus hall for coffee and cookies.
Once a month, the congregation holds a potluck lunch after worship.
Christmas Live Nativity
Every year on the Thursday before Christmas, our church participates in the City of Forrest City’s Christmas Celebration. We host a live nativity that includes several animals, and a famous camel named Gloria. Members of the church and community gather to see the Christmas story portrayed as we celebrate the joy of Christmas together.
“For I was hungry and you gave food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
– Matthew 25:35 (NRSV)
The Graham Memorial Presbyterian Soup Kitchen has been open for almost ten years. We are open every Monday at lunchtime for those needing a meal in the Forrest City community. All are welcome to stop by and share lunch with other guests and volunteers- no questions asked and no conditions.
The GMPC Soup Kitchen takes donations of food, toiletries, and baby care items to distribute to those in need. Please call the church office if you have questions or would like to donate.
SOUP KITCHEN HOURS
Mondays • 11:00am–1:00pm
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
– Matthew 25:40 (NRSV)
The Graham Memorial Presbyterian Backpack Program exists to make sure that no student goes hungry over the weekend. Each week during the school year, volunteers pack over 100 bags filled with canned fruit and protein, shelf stable milk and cereal. Then, on Thursdays, church staff and volunteers deliver the bags to designated schools so that children can take them home on Friday afternoons.
As a congregation, we believe that each and every child is precious to God. We pray for and actively seek an end to hunger within our community. If you are a business interested in donating food items or an individual interested in volunteering for this program, please contact the church office.
Flood Buckets & Emergency Shelter
The church collects much needed items for flood buckets that aid in disaster response. Additionally, the church has helped to shelter individuals displaced by natural disasters.
JB FIREBALLERS BASKETBALL PROGRAM
Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church is home to the JB Fireballers basketball program in Forrest City. JB Fireballers basketball program is under the direction of Coach Jim Bailey and was founded in 2010. The Fireballers program promotes sportsmanship, self-esteem, and the development of life skills through engaging youth in sports while providing a safe, healthy, and positive environment. The program’s goals are to intervene when children are young, to prevent obesity and build strong habits that will promote lifelong health, responsible living and community engagement through sports and physical activity.
Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church is proud to partner with JB Fireballers and to provide the faith component of their Wednesday night program.
FIREBALLERS SCHEDULE AT GMPC
Faith & Basketball • Wednesday at 5:30pm
Midnight Basketball • Fridays Starting at 5:30pm
YOGA & PRAYER
GMPC is pleased to offer free yoga classes to the community twice a week. The classes are taught by Dr. Alderson, a community and church member who is a certified yoga instructor. Each class opens with a short Christian devotion or prayer and then the rest of the hour is dedicated to the practices of yoga and meditation.
WEEKLY YOGA SCHEDULE
Wednesdays • 5:00pm
Thursdays • 12:00pm