The First Presbyterian Church promotes and participates in various activities
throughout the community. One
of the most important examples
is our Firelight Day Camp. Since
1993, the First Presbyterian Church
of Kennett has conducted a summer
enrichment program in July for
community children. Although it
first started as a program for
our own children and their friends,
it quickly evolved into a program
in which we reached out to children
in the community who are considered
We are extremely pleased with the community participation and reception for the Kennett Community Garden. The Garden started as an “impossible dream,” of our Core Mission Committee. The impossible became possible in the fall of 2011 with the help of members who secured the land at the corner of N. Vandeventer and Commercial Streets, and bargained for services to start the ball rolling. In early 2012 we began regular meetings with many interested community members to make this a true community project. Our second season (2013) has been a year of successful partnering and production. We have partnered with Black Gold, Inc., a national company with a plant in Arbyrd; Monsanto; Southwestern Wire in Norman, Oklahoma; University of Missouri Extension for much help including a Children’s Garden. The Garden has depended on volunteers and donations to keep things going. We couldn’t do without the help of the Community Supervision Center, Probation and Parole, New Madrid Youth Facility, Stapleton De-Tox Center, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Church of Christ Youth volunteers, Kennett Housing Authority Staff, and individuals from all segments of our community. Anyone from the community may pick for themselves when the garden is open as long as they leave an equal amount to be distributed elsewhere. We distribute to Helping Hand, the Senior Nutrition Center, Delta Children’s Home, Sheltered Workshop Group Homes, residents of Senior and disabled units at Kennett Housing Authority, Heritage Nursing Home, South Haven Nursing Home, Ely Walker Apartments, Cotton Boll Commons, as well as delivery to dozens of home-bound and elderly individuals.
We contribute annually to Helping Hand (a food and clothing ministry of the Kennett Ministerial Alliance), the Delta Children’s Home, ICARE (Individual Cancer Assistance Relief Effort), and Kennett United Way. Our quarterly Community Outreach Offering supports the Heifer Project and the local Visiting Nurses Association Senior Companions Program, as well as our Pastor’s Discretionary Fund used to help those seeking emergency help from the church.
Our church originated and facilitated the local Farmers’ Market which operated near the church for many years. This successful endeavor is now operated by the Kennett Downtown Revitalization Program and has moved to the Kennett Courthouse Square.
In 2004, we completed a renovation
of the former Dunklin County Library
building, for use as the Presbyterian
Activity Center. However, the
center is also made available
to a wide variety of groups throughout
Finally, our church also partners and participates
with a wide variety of local organizations,
civic clubs and businesses, to
serve the needs of our community,
such as the local United Way campaign,
the Kennett Chamber of Commerce,
the Kennett Educational Foundation,
the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts,
and the local 4-H Club.