What is the REACH campaign and why are we doing it?
Let’s start with the why. It would be easy for us to think of this as a project that was forced upon us by the instability of the Yazoo clay. And, though that is a factor, it is not the compelling reason for rebuilding the gym and adding new classrooms. Recognizing that the spiritual condition of our city is a gospel emergency, the vision of the REACH campaign is to call First Presbyterian Church to bold and creative witness and to provide a facility that will serve as a resource to further that mission for years to come.
Investing in this project signals a fresh commitment to the city where God has placed us, a gospel investment in the people living all around us. It’s about determining together, by His grace, to love our community well in Jesus’ name.
To this end the project will include
- Gymnasium with 1 full court and 2 cross courts
- Walking Track
- Raised Stage Area
- New Multipurpose Room
- 10 classrooms with core space (restrooms, corridors, stairwells, communication, etc.)
- Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment
- Additional Storage
Why is the project called REACH?
The new capital campaign offers a unique opportunity to First Presbyterian Church to re-examine our spiritual priorities and renew our vision to reach our neighborhood and our city with the gospel. Considered in this light, it’s not really about raising funds for a new facility. It’s about ensuring that our buildings, and all our resources, are fit for purpose. That purpose is to bring God glory by making disciples. Our culture and our community are changing rapidly, and we cannot remain satisfied with the status quo if we are to bring the good news to our neighbors faithfully. For this reason, we’re calling the capital project the REACH campaign.
When did construction begin and how long will the project take?
Construction began in October 2020 and we anticipate completion in August 2021
Where do construction vehicles and employees enter and exit?
Primary entry is through an outside entrance off of Belhaven Street. As various stages of the works is complete, some workers may enter and exit through the area that is now the current gymnasium.
Who should I contact with other questions regarding the campaign?
Email email@example.com, and your questions will be directed to our campaign teams.
Questions regarding FPDS
Is the school building secured?
Yes. FPDS continues to employ 24-hour security and coded entry for all guests to our campus.
Will construction affect morning and afternoon carpool?
Our plan is for normal morning and afternoon carpool. There may be days when unanticipated construction traffic is present during those times.
Where are daily PE classes and recessed held? Is the playground safe for use?
PE and recess classes are held on the playground in an area not taken up by construction. The area that our students utilize is separated from the construction area by safety fencing.
Where will the Under the Oaks summer program meet in the Summer of 2021?
Under the Oaks will still be held at FPDS during the Summer of 2021
Will the current Science Lab building remain?
The plan is for our students to return to the Science Lab once construction is completed.
Questions Regarding FPC
How do we see God working through First Presbyterian Church during the REACH campaign?
Our prayer is for God to equip First Presbyterian Church to Reach Up to God in faith, Reach Out to the community in bold witness, and to Reach Forward, into the future with a renewed vision for the progress of the Kingdom in Jackson and around the world.
How will construction affect our current ministries?
This project does come with temporary implications for our church and school. We will not be able to use the gym during construction and may need to be creative with some space/room arrangements during that time. Areas of the playground not taken up by construction will continue to be used. These areas will be separated from the construction area and completely safe for our use.
Will giving to the REACH campaign have a negative effect on the funding for the annual budget or mission giving?
We do not expect the REACH campaign to have an adverse effect on the normal operating budget or the Mission Conference giving, as all giving commitments towards the REACH campaign are made over and above Stewardship and Mission Conference giving. We believe that as we faithfully follow the Lord’s leading and as our people continue to grow in their understanding of generosity, giving to the annual budget and mission giving will remain strong and even increase.
Can First Presbyterian Church raise $4.5 million beyond our annual budget needs and mission giving?
We believe this is an attainable goal, and this project has been studied by the church officers for several years. Evangelical churches typically raise around one-and-a-half to two times their annual giving in a financial campaign. For FPC, our $4.5 million goal is well within these boundaries. Mature disciples of Jesus Christ are generous with their time, spiritual gifts, and financial resources. Sacrificial giving looks different for every person. If we give sacrificially, we will not only easily meet our goal, but exceed it, experiencing God’s amazing blessing in the process. The First Presbyterian Day School is also committing to the REACH campaign and will partner with the church in raising money for the project. FPDS Board members, administrators, teachers, parents, and grandparents are working alongside the church to reach this goal.
Will I be able to change my 36-month commitment if I need or want to?
Yes. Unexpected events may cause you to want to increase or decrease your giving commitment in the future. At any time during the giving period, you can review or change your commitment by contacting the Business Office or you may ask for another commitment card, and turn it in marked “revised” with your revised commitment.
What if I can’t afford to give right now?
Even in times of scarcity, God wants our hearts. The widow who gave her last mite did not make a very big financial contribution, but Jesus said she gave the largest gift of all. The REACH campaign is about all of us coming together, giving generously, and trusting God to do the rest. It may mean that God is asking you to trust Him by making a faith commitment that you do not know how to fulfill right now. God has supplied our every need in Christ, and we trust that He will honor a heart that wants to give generously in response to the gospel. The REACH campaign is about all of us determining together, by His grace, to love our community well in Jesus’ name.
There may also be ways to be sacrificial with your lifestyle to create a margin for generosity in your life. We encourage you to find ways to involve the entire family in the process of giving generously. This a great opportunity to teach children and grandchildren to obey the Lord with a generous heart and to trust Him. Hopefully this campaign will give us all a reason to take a look at our overall stewardship of all the things that God has entrusted to us.