But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
LOCAL MISSIONS (JUDEA)
Helping Hands is a ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs that reaches the needy in our church and neighborhood. Helping Hands provides financial, material and relational support to hurting people. Most importantly, we share and show people the gospel of Jesus Christ by inviting them to experience God’s love in our midst through worship and fellowship with our church family here at FPCOS.
The Lord Is My Help
The Lord Is My Help is a soup kitchen/food pantry in Ocean Springs that feeds over 200 people a day, with 75% of the meals they prepare being delivered to elderly, ill, indigent and disabled in our area. Established in 1984, The Lord Is My Help now serves more than 5,200 meals per month and distributes an average of 400 emergency grocery bags per month from their Food Pantry to families in our area.
Sue’s Home (Community Care Network)
Founded in 2003, Community Care Network is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Ocean Springs, MS that seeks to empower those they help through life skills training, safe supportive housing and ongoing support and to minister healing and restoration through Christian counseling and teaching. They provide emergency services, including transitional housing (Sue’s Home) for women and children and life skills training and supportive services for families in crisis who are homeless or have been displaced.
Young Life is a non-denominational, Christian outreach ministry with the mission of introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. Young Life leaders seek to imitate Jesus by meeting high school kids where they are, earning the right to be heard through building bridges of authentic friendship, and sharing the Gospel with their lives and their words in ways that an adolescent can relate.
REGIONAL MISSIONS (SAMARIA)
Belhaven University is a Christian liberal arts college located in Jackson, MS that seeks to teach students from a Christian worldview perspective and to prepare students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships and in the world of ideas. FPCOS partners with them through providing a summer youth ministry internship opportunity for their students. During the internship, interns are equipped with a robust understanding of youth ministry in which they love and serve students and families of the church here and beyond.
Cursillo of Mississippi
Cursillo is a three-day spiritual renewal event designed to rekindle, deepen and strengthen your desire to live the Christian life. Led by lay members and clergy of the Presbyterian Church, its purpose is to inspire and equip disciples for Christian action in their homes, churches and communities. In a thoughtful, prayerful and joyful environment, you will enjoy fellowship with other Christians and leave with a desire to serve and live boldly for Christ.
Church of the Resurrection
FPCOS is part of a network of Presbyterian churches in the Gulf South Presbytery which has planted an EPC church in New Orleans, LA. Rev. Ben Cunningham and his wife, Jenny, have gathered worshippers and formed the Church of the Resurrection, which is located in an area intersecting the Lower Garden District and the Central Business District in New Orleans. The church recently celebrated its four-year anniversary on Easter Sunday and is thriving in its vision as a church for the lost.
Good News Jail + Prison Ministry – Jackson County
Good News Jail and Prison Ministry is a ministry that seeks to reach every inmate in the world with the good news of Jesus Christ, in order to make disciples and build the church. Good News places chaplains in jails and prisons in order to serve the spiritual need of inmates and prison staff, with the goal of being vessels for effective evangelism, biblical discipleship and church mobilization. FPCOS partners with Good News and Chaplain Gary Shirley at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center.
Home of Grace
The Home of Grace, a nationally known addiction recovery program, has helped tens of thousands of individuals battle addiction. In operation since 1965, their mission is to offer freedom from addiction through Christ-centered recovery. The Home of Grace addiction recovery program is built on the foundation of Christian principles. Their program is rooted in the Biblical virtues of truth, honor, integrity, respect, faith and disciplined living.
Reformed Youth Ministries (RYM)
Reformed Youth Ministries (RYM) is an organization that exists to serve the church in reaching and equipping youth for Christ. They have three main thrusts to their ministry. The first is to create resources (podcasts, Bible studies, books for students, etc.) for the benefit of the church with a particular eye toward youth ministry and its leaders. The second is to provide training opportunities to youth ministry leaders. The final way is by organizing and executing summer conferences for youth ministries around the country. FPCOS students have loved attending their conference each summer and the leaders have greatly benefitted from the resources and training that have been provided.
INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS (ALL THE WORLD)
FPCOS commissions and supports home grown missionaries that work with Christar in Asia. The vision of Christar is to cultivate Christ-honoring transformation among least-reached Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and other un-churched people groups worldwide. In the establishment of indigenous churches, Christar is a part of the transformation process that God is bringing to the world, while pursuing Christ-honoring influences on the community at large. Read more about Christar’s Christ-honoring transformation and why we share the gospel with least-reached people.
Engage 2025 Middle East
As part of the EPC World Outreach’s initiative Engage 2025 this team (Nick & Amanda, Greg & Elizabeth, Kevin & Jena) exists to serve unreached Muslim peoples in the Middle East. Their hope is to see the refugees they are serving come to faith. Their vision is to see disciples who make disciples, who make disciples, so that the gospel will be spread throughout the Middle East and to all the places these refugees have been displaced. The team develops relationships and serves the community through soccer ministry, educational programs and assistance, food vouchers, home visits and the Crochet Project.
Michele Harris – Haiti
After a trip to Haiti in 2010 as part of a Samaritan’s Purse relief effort, FPCOS member Michele Harris developed relationships with Christian Haitians who are living in most difficult circumstances. Her mission is to support these Christians by providing medical care and living expenses for orphaned children. On her mission trips to Haiti, she usually sees over 150 patients, and she and her husband, Neil, made a commitment following the 2010 earthquake to help rear 16 children who were orphaned that day.
The Word at Work – Belize
The mission of The Word at Work is to glorify Jesus Christ by connecting resources with needs and people with opportunities to serve. They run short-term mission trips for groups of people from churches of all denominations from the USA to Belize, Central America. Their work complements, adapts, supplements and encourages Belizean ministries in their work for those in need. Experience and conviction have led to TWAW’s understanding of how to facilitate a God-glorifying short-term experience – one that builds up and transforms the traveler while advancing the cause of the local mission.