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50 Forward


Upcoming Events

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There are a wide variety of programs available for Adults 50+ at First Church.  From luncheons to retreats, no matter what age you are, there is a place for you.

Silver and Gold
A monthly luncheon and program for Senior Adults in our church and community. Meets the 4th Thursday of the month (Jan-Oct), 1st Thursday of December, and does not meet in November (due to Thanksgiving).

Xtra Years of Zest (XYZ)
XYZ plans out of town trips to places like New Orleans, Birmingham, Montgomery, Lake Junaluska, Blue Lake, or the like, about three or four times a year. These trips are also open to other senior adults in the community.

50 Forward Lunch Day Out (2nd Thursday of the month)
Once a month we meet together at a popular local restaurant and enjoy good food and fellowship around the table. No reservations required.

50 Forward Celebrates (May)
Annual week-long celebration of the lives and ministries of the older adults in our church. The celebration includes special guest speakers, luncheons, dinners, entertainment and more.

Other Opportunities

We have many Senior Adults who participate in lay ministry programs like Stephen Ministry and Good Shepherds.  These programs involve ministry to lonely, sick or grieving church members.  OASIS (Older Adult Seniors In Service) involves older adults in a variety of areas.  These include visitations, helping hands, and other services.

Safe Sanctuaries

First Church follows Safe Sanctuaries procedures to create an environment in which children, youth and the adults who work with them have boundaries of safe space.


DebraDebra TallmanDirector of Fifty Forward Ministries
Email Debra, 850-432-1434 ext. 112
Debra has a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. She has worked in the field of gerontology for over 35 years and joined the staff of First Church in 1998. She is married to Rev. James Tallman and has three children, Sarah, Emily and Audra. She also has four grandchildren. Debra also enjoys sewing, knitting, reading and travel.


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