Art and Design
Facilitated by talented artist, Rahn Marion, this ministry emerged out of a conviction that making a place for beauty in our lives is important. We believe that it’s important to stay creatively engaged and unafraid to experiment with art-making.
We have a vibrant music program, under the direction of Dennis Whitehead Darling. Our vocal choir is open to anyone! Rehearsals are on Sunday mornings at 9:15. We sing a variety of styles and can accommodate a variety of skill levels and experience!
We have three beehives that we use to teach about bees, to show support for bees as they struggle for survival, to help pollinate our raised bed garden -- and we get wonderful honey, harvested several times a year by an enthusiastic team of volunteers, learning together and led by Keith Norman.
Circle of Trust
In it's 10th year of service, the Circle of Trust offers a ministry of confidential, attentive, faithful and spiritual listening in a space where discernment, new hearing, healing and revelation can take place. The Circle of Trust is not a counseling group. No therapy is offered; no advice is shared. Members of the Circle pray, hold silence, and listen while a question, a problem, a life situation is shared. They may ask follow-up questions to bring more light to the sharing which has been offered. But the goal is for the individual who shares the question to grow in his or her hearing of God’s answer—to hear the Voice of the Spirit which speaks from within.
We have a large set of raised bed gardens for vegetables and flowers and another area for tasty herbs. We always need help tending these gardens, so contact Food Justice Director Steph Rollen if you'd like to help!
Freedom Journeys offer a dynamic opportunity to explore peacemaking, using the civil rights history of Memphis and dialogue with local activists. We welcome high school groups, church groups, college students and anybody wanting to learn how to make a difference in the world! Click here to learn more!
Revolutions Bicycle Co-op
We know . . . it's unusual for a church to run a community bicycle shop, but it's one way we live out our commitment to environmental justice, community-building and peace! Click here to learn more!
Click here to reach Pilgrim Center for Counseling Website
The Pilgrim Center began in December, 2001, as one of the shared-space ministries of First Congregational Church. The Pilgrim Center is not a religious counseling program, as such, but spiritual guidance is available upon request. The church offers this shared-space program because of its belief that good mental health and spiritual well-being are intertwined. The Center has five counselors: Joel Chapman, PhD Director; Denise Cox, MS; Sandy Furrh, LCSW; Emily Schultz, LCSW; Michelle Cooper, PhD; and Catherine Dixon, MS, M.Div, LPC. Most major insurance plans are honored. Two of our therapists are also TennCare providers. All practitioners offer reduced fees for those qualified, depending upon the therapist's caseload. If we are unable to see someone, we make every effort to refer the person, when possible, to another agency. You may reach any therapist by calling 844-4357. Sorry, no appointments can be scheduled via e-mail. You must call us. Thank you.
It takes a whole lot of volunteers to keep First Congo's ministries going! You can help feed the hungry, create art, tend gardens, harvest honey, welcome visitors, sing in the choir! . . . The best way to find out how to engage is to subscribe to our weekly email, "The Congo Beat".
Come celebrate the legacy and partnership First Congo has enjoyed with our two pastors on June 17th, 2018! Associate Pastor Sonia Louden Walker has passionately served First Congo for 10 years, and we've been incredibly blessed by the brilliant visionary, Rev. Cheryl K. Cornish as our Senior Pastor for 30 years!