With support from Reverend Leslie Roper at Batesville’s First Presbyterian Church and Reverend Maggie Alsup, Chaplain at Lyon College, the Lyon College Presbyterian Student Association applied for a grant from the Presbytery of Arkansas's Committee on The Future of the Church, and their bid was successful. The group was awarded $2,500 to use this coming school year. The funds will help purchase equipment that will increase the visibility of the congregation, grow support for the group’s campus events, and grow the Presbyterian Student Association on campus.
Specifically, the group aims to develop the outdoor area of its campus ministry house to better serve the community. It will purchase outdoor seating, a new grill, a fire pit, yard games, and outdoor storage for these items. They also hope to purchase a customized tailgate tent featuring logos from both the College and church on them. The tents will also feature some information about the College at the church so that those attending campus events and football games will easily be able to connect with the two organizations.
During the 2017-18 school year, Batesville’s First Presbyterian Church and Lyon College’s Office of the Chaplain reinvigorated the Presbyterian Student Association at Lyon. Their efforts have grown a small group of dedicated students into a healthy group of young people who gather weekly for food and fellowship. Alsup says, “These students are building relationships that are bearing fruit in their lives beyond our Monday night gatherings.”
College student involvement in the First Presbyterian Church congregation in Batesville has grown significantly because of this group. In the fall of 2017 alone, two students moved their church membership to Batesville, and another requested to be baptized. Both college students and the congregation hunger for stronger relationships, and they are excited about the direction this ministry is headed.
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