First Pres uses the parish structure to help us care for and stay connected to each other and our community. The congregation is organized into 17 parishes which are grouped into five super parishes. In essence, these are neighborhoods or districts in the Augusta area. Each parish consists of 25-30 families and has a leadership team committed to shepherding the members of the parish.
What Happens in a Parish?
Elders and deacons build relationships with their parish members so they are able to provide spiritual encouragement and support. We do this to seek to fulfill the command in 1 Peter 5:2-3 which states, “shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.”
The needs of members are met first in the parish. The parish elders, deacons, and members provide support for one another as they face struggles in life, such as illnesses and deaths, as well as the joys of life like pregnancies. We are especially committed to our Hand in Hand families who have long-term, on-going needs.
Each parish hosts two fellowship events a year to encourage community and deep relationships within the parish.
Parish bible studies make attending a mid-week study convenient and provide opportunity for spiritual growth and encouragement, as well was the opportunity to build relationships.
We want to be a light in our neighborhoods and to engage our communities with the hope of the Gospel. Each super parish hosts two outreach events a year.
Check out the super parish links to see the events planned for this year!