Bethel Presbyterian Church (USA) - ministries within TN: Sunset Gap Community Center


Sunset Gap Community Center
Rural Appalachian Ministry in Cosby, Tennessee
(Cocke County)
Bethel provides financial support to this regional ecumenical ministry via contributions through our Presbytery of East Tennessee. Bethel also provides direct support  with an annual clothing drive (usually in the spring). Volunteers from the Bethel's Service Team transport the clothes and often attend the annual recognition luncheon.

Sunset Gap Community Center is a focal point for the entire family. Programs are varied and interesting and include:

• Pre-School

• Boy Scouts

Youth Night

• Day Care

• Cub Scouts

Vacation Bible School

• Thrift Shop

• Girl Scouts

Spiritual Retreats

• Food Pantry

• Work Camps

Community education programs including first aide, CPR, gun safety, etc.

A Food Pantry was opened in October, 1993 to help to combat the growing hunger problems in the area. Non-perishable food stuffs are purchased by the Center from the SHARE (Southern Appalachian Food Bank) at a very low cost and are distributed to elderly, sick and needy families in the community at no cost to them.

The Sunset Gap Community Center has many varied community programs which include first aide, CPR, gun safety courses, new parenting classes, family pot-luck fellowship suppers, quilting & craft classes, exercise classes and many others that help to promote education, health, and self worth. The Center is currently serving about 600 families on a monthly basis.

The Thrift Shop relies entirely gifts and donations from many churches. New and used items are always welcome for our Thrift shop, especially baby items and clothing for children.

The Sunset Gap Pre-School runs four days a week. Teachers in local public schools praise our pre-school as one of the best in the area. Our Van picks up children and takes them home each day. This program give area children a chance for interaction among other children, early developmental opportunities a well as a chance to spot potential educational problems early.

Mission Statement: Sunset Gap Community Center, Inc is to extend the gospel of Jesus Christ by providing programs that contribute to physical, social, and spiritual growth while maintaining teaching, training, and service without prejudice so that all shall know the dignity and worth that is theirs as a people of God.

If you wish to make tax deductible financial contributions, or donations to our Thrift Shop or other programs, please send them to the following street address.

For further information, or to request our new Video on the programs of the Sunset Gap Community Center, call or write us at:


Street Address:
  1300 Sunset Gap Road
  Cosby, TN 37722

Mailing Address:
  P.O. Box 642
  Newport, TN 37822

Phone: 423-623-4313

In addition to financial support for Sunset Gap, Bethel stages a clothing drives throughout the year, collecting clothing as well as small household items. Donated clothing is delivered to the Community Center by Bethel members. We also collect Campbell's Soup labels to help with purchasing equipment for the Center.


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