Bryson City Presbyterian Church

BCPC Ministries

The mission statement of Bryson City Presbyterian Church is:
We seek to follow Jesus Christ as we...
Engage and encourage one another in worship and fellowship
Learn together as we grow in discipleship and
Reach out in love

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

The Ministries of the Bryson City Presbyterian Church:

The most important thing our small church does together.  Our choir, under the leadership of Rev. Rachel Lackey, meets at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday morning.  Our service of worship begins at 11:00 a.m.  We celebrate the Lord's Supper every first Sunday and are enjoying our newly renovated sanctuary.  We include lay leaders in liturgy and reading of scripture, and every summer we have an intern from Duke Divinity School who participates in worship.  Come worship with us! 
There are many opportunities to 'meet and greet' each other.  One opportunity is our first Sunday Coffee Hour after the worship service, and a once-a-month Fellowship Potluck Supper.  Another opportunity for care and fellowship is found in our Wednesday morning Bible Study that meets at 11:00 a.m. and our Thursday morning Men's Breakfast Group that meets at the Iron Skillet at 8:00 a.m.  We also have an active Prayer Chain, seasonal small group studies, and believe in the importance of personal visitation.
We believe that our mission includes being a blessing in the community.  As a community of faith, our members are involved in several ministries within our community and within the Presbyterian USA network of churches, including the work of Presbyterian Women.
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Through breakfast and youth Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, through quarterly youth events, through our WNC Presbytery Youth Connection's activities and mission, through baptism and confirmation and in other ways, we seek to pass on our faith to the next generation.
We were faithful in the last year to rebuild our Sanctuary, however, we continue to seek to be good stewards of our property and to address obstacles to hospitality and safety.  Our building is used for multiple AA groups and for youth groups passing through the area in the summer months.  Our building houses the community Food Pantry and is available for community meals and worship services.  We are also partners  with the Western Carolina University UKirk campus ministry.

BCPC Community Service


   Restoration House - WNC

Restoration House  provides a holistic approach for restoring life and offering hope to those in need of healing mind, body and heart.  In addition to the onsite services, it serves as a clearinghouse of up-to-date contact information for local resources.  It is located at 81 Academy Street. One of the missions of the Restoration House is the Swain County Caring Corner.  Contact Restoration House at or via phone at 828-538-4540.

   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 Restoration House (81 Academy Street), by appointment only.  Patients can schedule appointments by calling 828-538-4540 or stopping by the office.  Office hours are Monday - Saturday 9 am - 1 pm.

Sweet Thoughts

Sweet Thoughts provides activities, fellowship, and a meal two days a week for elder clients.  It also provides respite and training for their caregivers, and education for the community concerning elder care, which includes grief support.  Sweet Thoughts is located at 67 Bryson Avenue.  For more information, contact Director Julia Hunt at 828-736-3933.