Presbyterians have always sought to put their faith in action not only with deeds of compassion but also through acts of social witness. Finding ways to advocate for justice for all of God’s children, including God’s creation, is essential to being faithful disciples of Christ. Through our partnership with agencies such as Christians for a United Community, BeLoved House, and the Asheville Poverty Initiative (and their 12 Baskets Cafe), & Just Economics, we seek to address the inequities related to race and class.
Saturday Sanctuary: A Ministry of Hospitality
A welcoming, all-inclusive community of neighbors;
A neighborhood witnessing to God’s reign,
equally sharing & receiving
the boundary breaking love of Christ
in the heart of Asheville!
On Saturday afternoons beginning in October and continuing through March, First Presbyterian of Asheville opens its Fellowship Hall during the hours of 9:00AM-3:30PM. Through this ministry of hospitality we offer a hot & nutritious meal as well as access to restrooms, movies & popcorn, books & games, prayer & conversation. Saturday Sanctuary is a neighborhood gathering where people can simply hang out, use the internet, charge a cell phone, listen to music, receive emergency clothing for cold weather, even food for your dog!
Because AHOPE is no longer open on weekend mornings, we are expanding our hours this season. We will open at 9 AM offering space for gathering and coffee. Lunch will still be served at 12:30PM.
Driven by the Creation Care Team, our congregation was one of the first 15 churches in the denomination to be certified as an Earth Care Congregation, taking intentional steps to incorporate earth stewardship into our outreach, facilities and operations, education. To learn more, contact Jane Laping.