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Focus on Bonclarken!


(These were compiled by the ladies who attended our Gastonia area meeting and a meeting of Presidents at the Family Bible Conference.)

This year First Presbyterial is focusing on Bonclarken and the ways we can support and take advantage of this wonderful resource for the ARP.

Invite Chip Scherer to speak at your church.

Promote the Family Bible Conference by offering a scholarship for attendance.

Invest in the brick program for Camp Joy.  Buy a brick.



Have a weekend retreat there for your church.

Churches from various areas might have a retreat at Bonclarken.

Contribute items to the Gift Shop there.

Work at Bonclarken during work week for beautification projects.

Have a new members day at Bonclarken.



Have a Sunday retreat for your church there.

Promote it to other church groups as a good meeting place (more money to support Bonclarken.)

Give financially to Bonclarken.

Mention Bonclarken in articles in your bulletins and newsletters.

Help to provide scholarships for Camp Joy.

Help to provide scholarships for youth conferences and retreats.



Pray for the staff as they host groups and manage the grounds and buildings.

Send “praying for you” notes to the staff.

Use Bonclarken as a place for your family reunions or retreats.

More opportunities to hear Nancy Guthrie

You may remember Nancy Guthrie from the 2010 Retreat. The comments about her topic and ministry were all positive and I welcome a chance to point you to more opportunities to listen to her.

Listen to the May 25th Connected Kingdom podcast as they discuss Nancy’s teaching ministry to women and her study books. Plus the retreats she and her husband host for grieving parents. Here is a video where the Guthries talk with Joni about Holding Onto Hope.


Welcome to the website for First Presbyterial of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. We are the women’s ministry arm of the First Presbytery. This website is designed to provide information and resources to all women in the First Presbytery, in their roles on a local women’s ministries board or looking for more information about what the Presbyterial does.

Use the pages across the top to find information specific to each Board position. Check the Events category for upcoming meetings and retreats. Reach out to the officers of Presbyterial, we are here to help.

We would love to include information about your local church, events, or plans. You can send information to me, Laura Navarro, and I’ll post it on the website.