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:

WORSHIP 
 
The most important thing our small church does together.  Our choir, under the leadership of Rev. Rachel Lackey. We enjoy worshiping in our newly renovated sanctuary every Sunday at 11:00 am.  We celebrate the Lord's Supper on the first Sunday of every month.  We include elders, lay leaders and youth in the reading of liturgy, scripture,  children's story time and prayers.  We have had seminary summer  interns in the past and hope to have more in the future.  COME WORSHIP WITH US!
 
 
CONGREGATIONAL NURTURE & FELLOWSHIP 
 
There are many opportunities to 'meet and greet' each other - first Sunday coffee hour, third Wednesday fellowship suppers, Wednesday morning Bible Study (11:00 am), Thursday morning Men's Breakfast Club (8:00 am), and Presbyterian Women.  We have an active Prayer Chain, Food Teams for those in need, and people who visit, send cards and keep in touch with our members and friends.
 
 
TO BE 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. Being in a small town, we work alongside other churches to participate in the Bryson City Food Pantry. We volunteer at The Restoration House, a Methodist-based ministry, Swain County Caring Corner - which provides medical help to those in need, the Swain County United Gift Fund - which benefits multiple non-profits in our county, The Giving Spoon - a community table that supplies a weekly hot meal to those in need in our community, and others.  We also participate with our Presbytery - in youth events like Triennium, on Presbytery committees, Presbyterian Disaster Relief trips and with Presbyterian Women.
 
 
PASS ON OUR FAITH TO THE NEXT GENERATION 
 
We pass on our faith through youth Sunday School at 10:00 am on Sunday mornings and through quarterly youth events, and Triennium with our WNC Presbytery Youth Connection, along with mission opportunities with Asheville Youth Mission, through baptism and confirmation and in other faith nurturing ways.
 
 
TO MAINTAIN OUR BUILDING FOR HOLY SPACE AND MISSION 
 
We were faithful to rebuild our Sanctuary, and we continue to strive to be good stewards of our property and to address obstacles to hospitality and safety.  We are also committed to care for our environment in the way we use our space. Our building is used by other non-profits such as The Giving Spoon, AA, and The Bryson City Food Pantry is permanently housed within our walls. Our parking lots and outside spaces are used for our monthly Manna Food Bank Pop Up Markets, and to distribute food during times of crisis.
 
 

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN OF BRYSON CITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to nurture our faith through prayer and bible study, support the mission of the church worldwide, to work for justice and peace, and to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA), and witnesses to the promise of God’s Kingdom.

We are a group of over 20 women who meet the second Thursday of each month under the name of the Lois Circle. The Lois Circle is a circle where faith is nurtured, and growth takes place through worship, bible study, friendship, and outreach. Those who are available meet for lunch at the Everett Street Diner before out 1:15pm meeting that is held in the Hut at the church are welcome. Each meeting includes bible study conducted from the Presbyterian Women’s Horizon Bible Study series.

 

 

BCPC Community Service

 

The Giving Spoon

The Giving Spoon is a community ministry that is housed at BCPC. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide hot, nutritious meals to our community in a caring environment. This is a new endeavor to expand food resources and reduce hunger in Swain County. Meals are free and everyone is welcome. The Giving Spoon's vision is that no one will go to bed hungry, and in the hope that the impact of increased food resources will lead to overall better health in our community. For more information, please contact Kathleen Burns - The Giving Spoon director at TheGivingSpoon@Yahoo.com.

The Bryson City Food Pantry

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 housed 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 , The Restoration House or any participating church minister.

 Pop Up Markets   

BCPC sponsors and runs a  Manna Food Bank Pop Up Market on the first Wednesday of each month.  Bring your bags and boxes and stop by for free produce and other perishables courtesy of Manna Food Bank and our hard-working volunteers. During times of crisis, the market changes to a drive-thru system for health safety. Click here for a video of one of our Markets!