9:45 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship Service  
 6:00 p.m. Youth Group 
10:00 a.m. Bible Study at the church
 9:30 a.m. Bible Study at the beach
 4:45 p.m. Children’s Choir Practice 
 5:45 p.m. Fellowship Supper 
 7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Practice 

Worship Service Time:  11:00 a.m. each Sunday morning. Select the sermon you would like to listen to and click on the play button.  If you have any questions, contact the church office.

Apr 15, 2018
Sunday April 8, 2018
"Sunday April 8, 2018".
  • Apr 15, 2018Sunday April 8, 2018
    Apr 15, 2018
    Sunday April 8, 2018
    "Sunday April 8, 2018".
    Jan 28, 2018
    Series: (All)
    1 Peter 4:8-11  8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
  • Jan 21, 2018“Pastors”
    Jan 21, 2018
    Series: (All)
    Psalm 1:1-3
    BOOK ONE: Psalms 1—41 The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly 1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
  • Jan 14, 2018“The Transformation”
    Jan 14, 2018
    “The Transformation”
    Acts 3:1-10
    3 Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; 3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. 4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” 5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God. 10 Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
  • Dec 24, 2017“There’s a Place for Us”
    Dec 24, 2017
    “There’s a Place for Us”
    Series: (All)
    Luke 2:1-7
    Christ Born of Mary 2 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
    4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

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Events Calendar






Rooms To Grow Preschool

The Rooms To Grow preschool program has been a ministry of our church for over 30 years. Rooms To Grow provides an educational (using A Beka material), spiritual, and recreational program for children 2 to kindergarten age. A 2-day, 3-day, and 5-day program is licensed by the State of Florida and seeks to maintain the highest education standards within a loving Christian environment. Rooms To Grow is a VPK provider for children 4 years old who will be entering Kindergarten the following year. Contact the Director, Diane Kane, by calling (850) 584 – 4269.

Wednesday Night Suppers

The community is invited to join the church family for meals on Wednesday nights at 5:45 p.m. Cook teams volunteer and provide the meals each week, except the FIRST Wednesday of each month is POTLUCK – everyone brings a dish to share. Following the meal there is a time of announcements, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and time to share prayer concerns. Reservations are not necessary and dress is casual.  Meal costs are: 6 grade – adult, $3.50, and children $2.00.  The maximum charge for a family with children is $10.00.  

Perry Caregiver Group

4th Thursdays 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church – Perry
A group hosted by the Alzheimer’s Project, meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the needs of those caring for loved ones. The group discusses the needs of any long-term care-giving situation and is not limited just to Alzheimer families. For more information contact 850-386-2778.

Youth Group

Youth in 6th – 12th grade gather most Sunday nights during the school year for a time of food, fun, and fellowship. The activities begin at 6:00 p.m with a meal followed by Bible study and games and “go home” time is 7:30 p.m. Check with the church office for more details. 

Community Outreach

The congregation of First Presbyterian Church, Perry has had a long history of meeting the needs in our community through the gifts of funds, but also through the gift of time and talents. Feeding the hungry, helping the lonely, repairing homes, providing clothing, visiting those in prison, helping with bills…There are many opportunities to serve Christ through the work of the local church. Contact the pastor or church office for more information. 

Reverend John Helgeson

Who is John F. Helgeson, our interim minister? Well, he was a Navy brat, meaning his father was in the Navy for 20 years, and many of those years John traveled around with his father and mother. He remembers stays in Virginia and California, in between stops in New York City, where he had been born in a Naval hospital.
Eventually, he spent three years in the Caribbean on the island of Trinidad, before returning to the states and eventually settling in Asheville, North Carolina. From there he went to high school and a college nearby (Western Carolina University). After a year at law school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, he went to seminary at Union Seminary of Richmond, Virginia. From there he went to Wyoming, PA as an installed pastor.
His eventual wife was stated clerk of her church and came to several presbytery meetings before he asked her pastor to introduce her. Nancy Loushay-Helgeson is from Athens, PA, which is literally on the border between New York and PA, and she regularly went back and forth between the two states growing up. She graduated from Mansfield State University in PA as a vocalist.. She would later study at the famous Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. That happened because John’s second pastorate was in Shortsville, New York, close to Rochester.
John would later serve installed pastorates in New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania again, before beginning his interim ministry at the Brockway, PA church. He took training for interim work at Pittsburgh Seminary. While John was in Wyoming, he had completed his Th. M at Princeton Theological Seminary. He had been accepted into a Ph.D. program at Drew University in New Jersey, but their first two children, Rachel and Sarah came along and that prevented his following through on a doctoral degree. He served interims at Martins Ferry, Ohio (on the border between West Virginia and Ohio), Gaylord, Michigan (northern Michigan just below the upper peninsula), Chambersburg, PA (close to Gettysburg), Mattoon, Illinois, southern part of Illinois near the University of Illinois and if you go more southerly near Southern Illinois University and in the twin town of Charleston, Illinois, is Eastern Illinois University, then to Lawton, Oklahoma, home of Ft.Sill, one of the three bases used for basic training for the army and the home of the artillery training for the army and for many international troops. Finally, he came here to Perry, FL.
He has written a book on interim ministry, Freedom and Interim Ministry 12 Freedoms of the Interim, which of course he will be glad to sell you a copy. He wrote the book, because he felt there was very little or virtually nothing out there about the actual practice of interim ministry. It has been well received. He is a member of the interdenominational Interim Ministry Network, which brings interims of many denominations together at least yearly to conference and to further develop skills needed in interim ministry. He has led workshops at the annual conference for interim ministers and will be doing so again in 2018.
He has three daughters, Rachel the oldest who is a pastor in upstate New York, near Binghamton, and has two children, Sophie the oldest and Isaac the youngest; Sarah, the middle daughter, who is both a chef and a human relations director, living outside Pittsburgh, PA, and has two sons, Zayne, the oldest, and Declan, the youngest; and finally Noelle, born literally on Christmas Day. She is the New York National Guard and has faced several significant deployments. She lives near Albany, New York. She and Rachel are married. I have sisters living in California and North Carolina, relatives around the country and one in Australia.

    John believes in interim ministry,and he knows his book helped influence the Perry church to invite him to serve as their interim. I believe in you, and I believe I am called to serve you in Perry. God is present and God is working to make a difference. May God bless our interim ministry together in Jesus Christ under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – noon.

Church Location: 310 Plantation Road, Perry, FL 32348 

Church Mailing Address: P.O. Box 837, Perry, FL  32348

Telephone: (850) 584-3826

Email: fpcperry@fairpoint.net