Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley
"partner with and equip present and emerging
PC(USA) faith communities in central Alabama
to serve Christ and our neighbors"
Mark your calendars for the events below. Click each flyer for more information.

It's time to sign up for the SLPYC Fall Retreat! Please spread the word to youth in your church. Click the link below to register. We hope to see you at Living River on October 6th!

Date:  January 12, 2019

Time:  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location:  Living River

Leaders and Pastors who may wish to come to Living River on Friday to spend the night need to make their reservations  now  with Beth Anthony. Her contact information is: 205/208-0035, ext. 704 or . Cost for this overnight stay and breakfast on Saturday is at your expense. 


Neil McCarter, Co-Moderator 
Sandra Vaughn, Co-Moderator
Small Church Leadership Team
Hilton Frontenac St. Louis, MO
September 24 - 26

Over 30 workshops covering topics such as annual stewardship, planned giving, theology of giving, current trends in stewardship, capital campaigns, and generosity.

To register and for more information visit:
Our Presbytery sponsors 
an excellent ESL program:

Monday evenings at
Independent Presbyterian recently began a respite care program for folks with mild to moderate dementia. It meets from 10-2, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  IPC is   seeking participants and volunteers, and are hoping you will spread the word through your church.
Attached is a digital flier with more information that can be distributed for those interested.
The Executive Council of the Presbytery has approved the creation of the Perry and Dallas County Fund . This Fund is set up to provide aid to mission work in Perry and Dallas Counties. In particular, funds will be provided to a local agency, C.E.T. Ministries.

At Heifer, we're grateful for your efforts to end hunger and poverty. Here is an example of what your giving has done:

Seven year old Izabela Sambane lives in southern Tanzania with her parents and little brother, Musa. She is a student at Itunduma Primary School and has lots to be excited this year. She is participating in Heifer   International's  Tanzania School Milk Program  and receives regular helpings of milk that have already boosted her energy, attention span and attendance. Launched in 2017, this program not only improves nutrition for children like Izabela but it also helps dairy farmers cultivate markets, which strengthen the local economy. Since joining the program, Izabela's mom, Justina, reports that her grades are among the highest in her class and she's excited about getting up each morning to go to school.

YOUR support has allowed children like Izabela to live a life free of hunger and poverty. We appreciate your help in making that happen.

For more information about our School Milk program, please  click here .

Click the link above for an updated flyer for our  UKirk UCook , a Tailgate-themed fundraiser to benefit the ministry of UKirk Birmingham!  Note: There's a change in the time. The event is now from 3-7pm  instead of 3-8pm. It'll be Sunday, September 23 at the Children's Fresh Air Farm (501 Park Ave, Hoover).

There's a couple ways to get involved:
1.  Buy tickets!  They're $25 per ticket for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. Children under the age of 3 and college students get in FREE! Tickets are available at the door. Cash or check made out to Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley (or PSL) with "UKirk UCook" in the memo line.

2.  Get a Team together to cook!  It's $100 to register a team with a maximum of 5 members. The team can enter categories for a chance to win a gift card to Rojo AND the Team members, with registration, can enjoy all the perks of being a ticket holder! You can try the other delicious dishes teams have prepared and enjoy the fun tailgating atmosphere! 

For more information, email the Campus Minister, Patrick, at , or one of our Co-Chairs of the Steering Team, Emily at or Daniel at !

"Awakening The Sage Within"

A one-day event offered by
Sage-ing® International

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Shades Valley Presbyterian Church
Birmingham, AL

Doors open at 8:30 AM, in session from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


PC(USA), World Mission, has a mission co-worker position available. Please share widely and encourage anyone interested to apply:
  • Education and Development Facilitator for Children and Youth (World Mission)
The mission co-worker will assist the Evangelical Church in the Republic of Niger (EERN) in its efforts to empower the children and youth of the country through the creation and implementation of interactive and practical educational programs. The EERN feels a need to equip the children and youth of Niger in the areas of academic, skills, and Christian faith formation, and the mission co-…  [more]  worker will help with these efforts. 
Click  here  to see more and apply.
Qualified persons from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural background and persons living with disability are encouraged to apply!


Please be in prayer for the mission of our congregations, our presbytery and our mission partners overseas.

Pray for peace in Congo and the safety of our mission co-workers. Jeff and Christi Boyd-Congo; Gwenda and Dr. John Fletcher-Congo.

 If you would like to support our mission co-workers, click the link below and type in their name. You will be led to their personal page with more information on their mission story and how to give.

We hope you will continue to visit our website for Mission projects. We are sharing ideas, publicizing and celebrating all the mission projects that the churches in the Presbytery perform. 

The next collection date is Saturday,
October 6. Bring your usable discards, gently used clothing, etc., to the Presbyterian Home for Children's reception center in the rear parking lot, below the playground of Shades Valley Presbyterian Church. Terry Tingle will be serving as host. Volunteers will be on hand to unload your vehicle and to give you a receipt for your tax-deductible donation. The center will be open from 8 AM - 12 noon. To volunteer or for more information, email Terry Tingle.
Click the link below for more information on Godly Play Training.
REVENUES   $303,356        $308,411
EXPENSES    $281,598        $273,041
NET               $ 21,758       $ 35,370
Jay Wilkins
General Presbyter

Ralls Coston
Volunteer Mission Coordinator

Patrick Harley
Birmingham UKirk Minister

Tammy Strickland
Presbytery Administrator
Assistant to the Stated Clerk

Tom Winter
Stated Clerk

Linda Burrowes
Recording Clerk

Jean Russell

You are encouraged to visit, read and converse with our General Presbyter, Jay Wilkins. We are sure you will find interesting conversation on the blog which is located at the bottom of our home page in the blue area on the left hand side.

Church Administrator
Office Manager
First Tuscaloosa

First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa is seeking a Church Administrator / Office Manager to manage the support needs of this active 1,100 member downtown church. Primary areas of responsibility will include but not be limited to supervision of support staff, coordination of the maintenance of the buildings and grounds and overall financial duties and oversight. Interested applicants may contact/send resumes by email to  or by mail to  
 First Presbyterian Church
           Attn: Personnel Committee
           900 Greensboro Ave.
           Tuscaloosa, AL 35401


Interim Associate Pastor position at South Highland Presbyterian Church

This ministry position is primarily focused on discipleship formation with an emphasis upon young adults and families under the age of 50.  Read more about the position here.


Youth Advisor (two positions)
South Highland Presbyterian Church

Two Youth Advisor positions are available for college age students residing in the Birmingham, AL area during the 2018-19 academic year! Read more about the positions...


Independent Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) 
Birmingham, AL

Position Title: Assistant Director of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Position Title: Director of Youth Ministries
Click here  for more information on this position.

Director of Youth Ministry

First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham , AL is seeking a part-time Director of Youth Ministry (10-12 hours/week).  We are looking for a dynamic individual able to relate to youth of all ages and walks of life, run a creative youth program, and has a mature faith with the ability to communicate that faith to all ages.  Experience with youth ministry and background in Presbyterian Church (USA) is preferred.  Strong organizational, communication and computer skills are a plus.  Must be available on Sundays for youth meetings.  To apply, please send resume to .

3603 Lorna Ridge Drive ~ Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone: 205-978-0320 ~ Fax: 205-978-0330