First Presbyterian Church, EPC, is a caring group of believers who seek to know God and make Him known through worship, outreach, Bible study and fellowship. Visitors and new members are always welcome.
Our church was founded by a group of believers who began meeting together regularly even before the town of West Point was incorporated. In 1895, they called their first supply pastor. Today, we have a congregation of approximately 100 members who are interested in growing in their relationship with God and in being blessings to others. Our church is characterized by a warm and welcoming spirit.
Pastor – Brandon Bates with family
Secretary and Music Director – Gail McLemore
Youth Leaders – John Foster and Allie Crumpton
Session – Bill Cade, Bob Marshall, Mike Mathews, Steve McKinney, Charles Miles, Roger Merchant, Joe Salmon, Gene Smith, Frank Swoope, Tom Thompson
Diaconate – Lee Coleman, Kathy Kenne, Susie Marshall, Wally McGee, Jane Merchant, Ed Swoope, Bill Wheeler, Natalie Wheeler, Tim Yelverton
Treasurer – Mike Mathews
Trustees – Bob Marshall, Roger Merchant, Sandra Murray
WORSHIP – We join together at 10:45 am every Sunday morning to pray, sing and worship the living God.
SUNDAY SCHOOL – There are Sunday School classes at 9:30 am on Sundays for every age including nursery.
CHILDREN'S CHURCH – Following the children’s sermon during the worship service, youngsters are dismissed to Children’s Church for a lesson, snack and activities.
• Breakfast Bible Study – Breakfast begins at 6:30 am, and this pastor-led Bible study starts at 6:45. All are welcome.
• Ladies Bible Study – At 9:30 am a group of women gather for fellowship, prayer, writing letters of encouragement and Bible study.
The group is open to any who wish to join.
• Dinner – A light dinner is served at 5:30 pm for $3/person or $6/family. The following activities take place at 6:00 pm and are open to visitors:
- Prayer Meeting
- Adult Bible Studies
- Youth Bible Study
WOMEN OF THE CHURCH – Circle Bible Study meets on the second Monday of each month at 3:00 pm. The WOC also faithfully supports a number of church activities and ministries within the community and abroad as well as ministers to our own congregation’s sick and elderly.
VINTAGE DARLINGS – This group of senior ladies, goes on monthly day trips to enjoy fellowship and learning together. Men and younger women are always invited to join them.
BOOK CLUB – The Book Club enjoys lively discussions about a wide range of topics presented in their reading selections. Click here for a current reading list which is also posted in the church library, where you may also pick up a copy of the latest read. The group meets the last Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 until discussion is exhausted – usually by 8:30.
YOUTH GROUP – The youth group meets for Sunday School and Wednesday night Bible study. In addition, regular outreach and fellowship activities are planned monthly. The purpose of the youth group is to disciple young believers, challenge them to live Godly lives and offer support as they seek to do so. Youth group members are encouraged to invite their friends who may or may not be believers.
MEN'S 5TH SUNDAY – In every month there is a fifth Sunday, the men’s Sunday School class meets together with other men’s classes in various West Point churches.
MUSIC MINISTRY – Under the direction of Gail McLemore, the music program includes the sanctuary choir as well as other talented musicians who lead worship with a variety of styles.
Community Christian Children’s Choir – Led by Susie Marshall, this choir reaches out to children throughout West Point to teach them the gospel and give them an opportunity to sing their praises to God.
Compassion International – Through Compassion International our church actively promotes sponsorships of individual children in impoverished countries to support their spiritual, health and educational needs.
Dugan Nursing Home – Our church works in concert with other congregations in West Point to lead Sunday morning worship at the local nursing home.
Food Pantry Drive – Once a month we collect canned and dry goods for Project Homestead of Clay County’s food pantry to help meet the basic needs of the poor in our community.
Gifts for the King – This alternative Christmas giving program allows individuals to make honorary gifts to their friends and family by giving to local and foreign missions.
Kenya Mission Trip – First Pres takes a group to Kenya every other year to build churches and Christian schools and to join in Christian fellowship with believers on the other side of the world.
Operation Christmas Child – Through the Samaritan’s Purse our congregation fills shoeboxes with toiletries, toys and notes of encouragement for children in third world countries.
Prison Ministry – Buck and Barbara Buchanan regularly provide Bible study and worship experiences for inmates in the Clay County Jail and at Parchman Penitentiary. Anyone wishing to join them is welcome.
Youth Summer Service Program – One afternoon a week during the summers our youth group gets together to help the elderly in our church with projects in their homes.
All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God's redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these additional Essentials of our faith:
1. We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!
2. Jesus Christ, the living Word, become flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
3. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
4. Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God's free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
5. The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.
6. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth-personally, visibly, and bodily-to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus." (Rev. 22:20)
7. The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us." He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (Eph. 2:10)