First Presbyterian Church welcomes you.
We are a church thankful for our long history, committed to serving Christ today,
and open to the leading of God's Spirit.
Come and be a part of the future that God is creating here.
Welcome to First Presbyterian Church, a caring and creative community of faith, committed to serving Christ today,
and open to the leading of God's Spirit. We consider ourselves to be a "church without walls", open
to all people who want to be friends of Jesus Christ without labels or limits. We are a diverse community of
faith composed of young and old, individuals and families, people with many different gifts. In our coming
together, we share our faith and offer each other support as we reach out in concern to our neighbors and the world
mission. See how we respond to
Service and Mission.
Worship and Music
The center of our life is the weekly gathering around Word and
Sacraments. We come together each Sunday to celebrate the joy of God's love and to refocus our lives for faithful
discipleship and service. Worship service on Sunday begins at 10:30am. The sanctuary is handicapped accessible.
Large print order of service are available from the ushers for visually impaired, as are sound headsets for those with
hearing impairment. Supervised nursery care is also provided for our youngest visitors.
We are happy to have a fine Chancel Choir and a talented, well know Minister
of Music/Choir Director/Organist in the person of Stephen Best. The Casavant Freres pipe organ is well-suited to the acoustic
properties of the spacious sanctuary. The Annual Candlelight Carol Service presents a choir of 50 voices leading
in a celebration of Christmas.
Developing and growing in faith is an important part of life at First
Presbyterian for all ages. Children attend Church School classes, which provide an introduction to the Bible,
our Reformed heritage and God's work in the world around us. For adults, educational opportunities are varied and include
Bible studies and Small Group and topical discussions.
Inspired by all that God has given us and motivated by our faith, we respond
in service to others. Relying on volunteer time and skills and youth service projects, First Presbyterian Church reaches out
to individuals and community by providing:
- a food pantry
- a clothes closet
- preparing and serving a nutritious dinner meal monthly at Hope House
- an annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner
broad array of ministries to persons who need food,
medical care, clothing and housing, and to persons with
specialized problems, such as the homeless, and persons
who need counseling services, all through our financial
contributions and support to our partner agencies such
as Health Friends and Utica Rescue Mission.
As with any family, First Presbyterian means good times together:
- a brunch on the first Sunday of each month
- small group gatherings at members homes
- support group gatherings
Who Are We
First Presbyterian Church (First Church) functions under the
Presbyterian, or representative form of church government. The officers of the church are elders, elected by
the congregation. The Ministers, and ruling elders comprise the Session, and are responsible for the governance
and spiritual oversight of the church. Our congregation is a member of the
Presbyterian Church (USA).
What We Believe
In life and in death we belong to God.
Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit,
we trust in the one triune god, the Holy One of Israel,
who alone we worship and serve.
With believers in every time and place,
we rejoice that nothing in life or in death
can separate us from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(from the Brief Statement of Faith of the PC(USA)