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  9:45 a.m. Sunday School and More (click here to learn more)
11:00 a.m. Worship Service 
      Children’s 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
 Following Supper:  Bible Study – “Brave Questions Women Ask”
See detailed calendar with upcoming events below


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 29, 2018
And Nehemiah was afraid
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  • Apr 29, 2018And Nehemiah was afraid
    Apr 29, 2018
    And Nehemiah was afraid
    By: (All)
    Series: (All)
  • Apr 22, 2018Have you seen the future
    Apr 22, 2018
    Have you seen the future
    By: (All)
    Series: (All)
  • Apr 8, 2018My Name is Thomas (a first-person sermon)
    Apr 8, 2018
    My Name is Thomas (a first-person sermon)
    "Sunday April 8, 2018".
  • Apr 1, 2018Jesus Christ is Risen Indeed! (Easter)
    Apr 1, 2018
    Jesus Christ is Risen Indeed! (Easter)
    "Easter Sunday April 1, 2018".
  • Mar 25, 2018Party on, It’s Palm Sunday
    Mar 25, 2018
    Party on, It’s Palm Sunday
    "Sunday March 25, 2018".
  • Mar 18, 2018The Hour of Glory
    Mar 18, 2018
    The Hour of Glory
    "Sunday March 18, 2018".
  • Mar 11, 2018Of Poisonous Snakes and the Cross
    Mar 11, 2018
    Of Poisonous Snakes and the Cross
    "Sunday, March 11 ,2018".
  • Mar 4, 2018The Ten Commandments in Joy
    Mar 4, 2018
    The Ten Commandments in Joy
    "Sunday March 4, 2018".
  • Feb 25, 2018How far does your faith go
    Feb 25, 2018
    How far does your faith go
    "Sunday February 25, 2018".
  • Feb 18, 2018The Rainbow Connection
    Feb 18, 2018
    The Rainbow Connection
    "Sunday February 18,2018".

Our Ministries

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.
Sign up for the 2018 – 2019 School Year is underway, please contact the Church for more details

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