Bryson City Presbyterian Church

BCPC Ministries

The mission statement of Bryson City Presbyterian Church is:

To serve and glorify God through prayer, worship, nurture, teaching, and discipleship within our community and in the world.  Our vision is to grow in grace.

Our scripture theme is:

"Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen." 

Ephesians 3:  20-21

We are reaching in through ministries of nurture, education, and fellowship.

  • The Nurture Committee provides prayer groups, visitation, and sends cards to members.
  • The Education Committee provides for Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Bible studies, and spiritual growth groups.
  • The Fellowship Committee provides opportunities for fellowship through First Sunday Coffee Time after worship and our Third Wednesday Fellowship Suppers.

We are reaching out through ministries of community outreach and mission.

  • We reach out to our community through Fourth Sunday Lunches that provide funding to a variety of charities serving Bryson City and Swain County.
  • We reach out through The Bryson City Food Pantry and the 5 Cents a Meal program.
  • We reach out through our Home Repair Project ministry.
  • We reach out to the youth in our community through our Youth Club ministry.
  • We reach out through providing a space for weekly AA meetings.
  • We reach out in mission through our missionary support.

 

4th Sunday Lunch

Bryson City Presbyterian Fourth Sunday Luncheon

The 4th Sunday luncheon is a fundraiser staffed by volunteers from the community. Chef Julia Hunt prepares the food each month.  A meat and vegetarian entree are offered each month. The cost of the meal (if tickets are purchsed in advance) is $10.00 per adult and $5.00 per child, at the door is $12.00 per adult and $6.00 per child.  All proceeds go back into the community to fund local charities. From its inception thru November 2013, 4th Sunday meals have provided $34,871.63 to organizations such as the Food Pantry, F.A.C.E.S. emergency services, the United Gift Fund and the Julia Hunt Endowment for scholarships, and local schools. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Pastor Terry or Jessica Cline.

Tickets may be purchased in our church office, other local churches, the United Community Bank, the St. Joseph's Thrift Shop, and the Smoky Mountain Times Office.  Tickets should be bought by Wednesday before the meal.

Faith and Community Emergency Services (F.A.C.E.S.)

F.A.C.E.S. is a program developed by the Swain County Ministerial Association in co-operation with the Swain County Department of Social Services to provide a place where individuals and families facing adversity can go to be screened for any help or assistance for which they might be eligible.   Local churches and other agencies donate money to this assistance fund and them make referrals when a need is identified. There are many advantages by operating this way. First and foremost, individuals and families might be eligible for other programs that they are not aware of.  It saves clients from completing unnecessary, duplicating, and confusing paperwork. It also saves them time that they would spend driving to many various locations.

Restoration House

The Restoration House is a new ministry in Bryson City, in co-operation other community churches and house at the Bryson City United Methodist Church. One of the missions of the Restoration House is the Caring Corner, a free clinic.

The Food Pantry of Swain County

The Bryson City Food Pantry is a ministry of the Swain County Ministerial Association. Canned goods, and staples are available to all individuals in need. A certificate for milk and bread is also provided. The Pantry is located at the Bryson City Presbyterian Church and is open on Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and on Friday morning from 10:00 a.m. until Noon. Vouchers may be obtained from DSS or any participating minister.

  Swain County Caring Corner     

Swain County Caring Corner provides free medical care to adults 18-64 years of age without insurance, and who make less than 200% of the federal poverty level. Clinic is held every Thursday from 4-9 pm at the Bryson City United Methodist Church, by appointment only. Appointments can be made during office hours: Tuesday and Friday mornings 9 am - noon. Patients can stop by the Methodist Church or call the office at 828-341-1998.

Julia Hunt Endowment

This fund provides scholarships for Swain County residents pursuing a degree at a university or college with volunteer experience in Swain County.

Swain United Gift Fund

All proceeds during the months of October through December go to the Swain United Gift Fund which is distributed to a wide variety of charitable organizations in the Bryson City/Swain County community.