The General Assembly

ga222-circle-colors-vector-smaller-border-300x292Every other year when Our General Assembly meets, it’s helpful to remind ourselves what it is. It’s helpful to remember, too, how we are organized. The Presbyterian Church, USA is a “representational” Church. We are not a “hierarchical” church where many key decisions are made by a bishop or a central body. We are not a “congregational” church, independent from all other congregations and church bodies,
making decisions that apply only to us.

  •  We follow a pattern we find in the Scriptures. We are led by “ruling elders,” elected by a congregation, and “teaching elders,” church pastors and others in different ministries.
  • A group of Presbyterian congregations in a geographical area is a “presbytery.” Central, Faith, and First here in Pine Bluff, along with almost 90 other congregations, are part of Arkansas
  •  Groups of Presbyteries in different regions of the country are called a “synod.” Presbyterians in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana, are in the Synod of the Sun.

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Cave Quest VBS is Coming Soon

imagegenGear up for an over-the-top underground adventure! We’ll be helping to ground kids in the rock-solid foundation of God’s Love, a love that takes us through life’s dark times. The Cave Quest VBS will be July 14 through 16th. Meals will be provided! We’ll have fun music, crafts, and a Bounce House on Saturday. An Adult Bible Study will also be held. Evening Classes will run from 5:30 p to 8:30 p. Saturday we’ll be starting at 9 am and ending at 3 pm. Download the official VBS apps from Google Play or the Apple App Store! We hope to see you there!

Everest Starts Tonight!!

everest-vbs-logo-HiRes-CMYKIt’s may be Hot outside but a cold wind will be blowing into Central Presbyterian Church this July when the Everest VBS starts July 23rd! We’re looking forward to learning about God with our Bible Buddies Klymer, Cliff, Yeddy, Mallory, and Pike. If you’re interested in helping or are looking for more information about volunteering or signing your children up for Everest, Contact the Church Office, Laura Beth Pierce, or Amanda Chandler. You can also get the official Everest app for Android and iOS!


Weird Animals are Coming!


God filled the world with a lot of crazy creatures…including you! When kids feel weird, different, or even lost in a crowd—nothing compares to the extraordinary love of Jesus. That why we’re so excited to open registration for our Weird Animals VBS! Children from age 4 to rising 7th graders can register HERE! VBS will be from July 17th and 18th 5:30pm till 9pm and Saturday July 19th 9am till 1:15pm! We have lots of FUN and WeIrD things planned!

In addition to our Weird Animals VBS, Transitional Pastor Rev. David S. King will be holding an Adult VBS about being a Presbyterian. We will have an opportunity to explore our Presbyterian heritage and learn more about how we are like other churches and how we are different. Plan to join us in the Library, while the kids learn about Weird Animals, as we learn more about our unique part of the body of Christ.

We hope to see everyone there!

Nursery Volunteers Needed

After nearly ten years of faithful service to the young children and their families in Central Presbyterian, Laura Cosner has resigned from her position as full time nursery attendant. She is taking this time to explore other areas in which she can grow and help nurture others at Central. In fact, she has already been asked and accepted a position on a committee! Laura, THANK YOU for all you have done. We will miss your smiling face in the nursery every Sunday, but will enjoy seeing you become more involved in other areas.
To help fill the role of nursery attendant, the Education Committee has decided to try a weekly sign up period. The sign up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board in McElyea Hall. One or two people will be needed each Sunday. Two people would allow the older children to go outside while the other person stays inside with the younger infants. Please see Amanda or Laura Pierce with any questions.
The Education Committee – Amanda C. and Laura P.

Kingdom Rock Registration Open!!


Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School Registration is now open!! The Kingdom Rock Crew of Central Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church-Pine Bluff invites children (Pre-K to entering 7th Grade) to join us in Standing Strong for God! The fun begins August 1st and ends August 3rd!

This year children will recieve Bible Memory Buddies! They can be used in conjunction with the Bible Memory Buddies App for iPhone and Android phones! To be part of all the excitement of Kindom Rock:Where Kids Stand Strong for God! REGISTER HERE!

Upcoming Field Trips

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Central Pres. will be hitting the road in the near future! The 56th Annual Grady Fish Fry Will Be Held August 18.  There is a sign-up sheet in McElyea Hall for those who wish to go to the fish fry.  We plan on taking the church bus and will leave around 4 p.m. We will return around 6:30 p.m.  The cost is $12 per person.
On August 27, We Will Travel to Murry’s Dinner Playhouse in Little Rock to see Meredith Wilson’s razzle-dazzle musical classic, The Music Man. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in McElyea Hall if you would like to go.  We will leave the church at 5:15 p.m. and will return around 11:00 p.m.  The cost of the show is $33 for adults and $15 for kids.

The Adventure Continues


The 2011 Central Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School, Rainforest Adventure, has come to a close. We’d like to thank all the participants, parents, volunteers, teachers, youth leaders, and people who donated items to make this years VBS our best yet. We’ll be posting pictures here and on our Facebook page in the coming days! We sincerely hope that the bible adventues that our studens found in the rainforest adventure VBS continue for those students into the future. We can’t wait to see them again next year!