Hope for Augusta’s mission is to bring the hope of the gospel to the students of downtown Augusta.

In 2008, several First Pres families and individuals moved into Olde Town, a downtown neighborhood in Augusta, with the goal of impacting the downtown community for Christ. Olde Town borders East Boundary, a neighborhood that is often referred to by its residents as “The Bottom” because of the perception that poverty and crime are its primary descriptors. As First Pres members developed relationships within both neighborhoods, they began to understand more about not only the challenges of the neighborhood, but also the hopes and dreams of the families that live there. They hosted informal community dinners which led to a weekly Bible study for kids. This Bible study led to the beginning of a formal outreach ministry called Hope for Augusta. 

Over the past 15 years, Hope for Augusta has continued to expand and evolve, but has remained committed to providing evangelism and discipleship opportunities to the downtown neighborhood. We are thankful for how God has used this ministry to impact the community for his glory, and we are expectant as we look for new ways to engage the residents of downtown.

Hope for Augusta Programs

Hope Ballet began in 2017 with the goal of providing an affordable and fun introduction to dance while also connecting First Pres families with others in our community to build relationships and share the love and hope of Christ.

Hope Ballet, taught by artists from Renovate Ballet, allows children 5 to 8 years old to experience the beauty of dance. Students include kids from the downtown neighborhood, Walton Oaks, Heritage Academy, and members of First Pres.

Email Luke Niday for more information or to sign up.

Staff Contacts

Luke Niday, Assistant Pastor of Local Outreach & Mercy