First Church participates in a number of ministries designed to offer support to those who need it.
Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step, Christ-centered program for anyone struggling with hurts, habits, or hang-ups. The lessons, group sessions and fellowship are based upon the life-changing principles found in the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. We have found hope and help in the power of Jesus Christ!
This experience allows us to embrace change. We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths, and hopes with one another. We become willing to accept God’s grace in solving life’s problems. By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates ease, serenity, joy and, most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. As we progress through the program, we discover our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power – Jesus Christ.
Center House has its roots right here at First Church. Started as a ministry of the church and still managed by First Church volunteers, Center House is a certified Tennessee Department of Corrections half-way/transitional home for men.
Our mission is to provide a safe, structured living environment for individuals that are being released from state correctional institutions. Center House encourages personal and spiritual growth of residents through the teachings of Jesus Christ, fellowship and accountability.
The Christ-centered curriculum of Center House focuses on three important areas of life – spiritual, practical and therapeutic. Qualified instructors work alongside of and monitor each resident’s progress.
Working with and on behalf of the State of Tennessee Board of Probations and Parole, we promote a structural balance between worship services and therapeutic meetings. Our program aids the penal/judicial system with the rehabilitation process of inmates who are re-entering the community.
It is a joy to see residents complete this process, find their place in the church family, transition to new jobs, and in some instances, reunite with loved ones.
Visit the Center House website for additional details about this ministry.