Discipleship & Community


The Discipleship and Community Ministry focuses on our life together as a congregation and the elements of discipleship that include events that draw us closer to one another, and to God.

We come together to share in life’s journeys, to celebrate milestones, support and comfort when we can, and be supported and comforted when we need. We work together, we pray together, we laugh together, and we also grow together. These activities are some of they ways we practice our Ministry of Discipleship & Community.

All Are Welcome to Qigong at First, Monday evenings at 5:30- 6:15 p.m. This meditative practice generates and circulates energy, and connects one to all things, animate and inanimate. Sitting or standing, one quiets the mind, feels the light from the heavens and the earth and the mysterious gift of the breath. For details, contact Meg Harper: 917.588.0681/ harpermeg718@gmail.com.

Literary Group

The FPC Literary Group meets monthly for lively discussions on a range of literary works. If you are interested in joining a bookclub with stimulating conversation, this group is for you. For more information, contact Liz Hubbell Riggs at 212.247.0355 or ehub035@yahoo.com.

Community Yard Sale and Christmas Fair
The fall Yard Sale and the winter Christmas Fair are events for opening our doors to welcome our neighbors while fostering connections both within our church and our community. Volunteers are always welcome! Take part by offering goods or services for the auction, dropping off gently used housewares, books, or children’s toys for the yard sale, or helping to sort and catalogue items. To donate goods and services click here and to volunteer email tartanfair@fpcnyc.org.

Out of an abundance of caution, FPC has decided to officially postpone the yard sale until May. The dates we are holding on the church calendar for a spring yard sale are May 15th, 2021, with a rain date of May 22nd. We will resume taking donations when the church building re-opens.

The Kitchen Workgroup
Kitchen volunteers are the backbone of church fellowship and hospitality. From Inquirers’ Class lunches to the Annual Meeting and Easter brunches to various other meals throughout the year, the Kitchen Work Group is a great volunteer ministry. Volunteer and get involved with the many opportunities for food and fellowship.

Worship for Families with Babies & Toddlers
Families with children just a few weeks to a few years, along with any older siblings, are encouraged to join for this time of music, prayer, storytelling, and craft. Shaped like our Sunday liturgy, this worshipping time is terrific fun for the babies and toddlers and for parents to connect with other parents in a casual, spiritual way.

Youth Programming
Our Youth Programming strives to prepare our young people for a life filled with love, justice, and acceptance. Youth meet regularly for weeknight programming, as well as monthly events following service on Sundays. The youth also participate in special service, fellowship and cultural outings. For more information on this program, contact Audrey Webber at awebber@fpcnyc.org.

Join students from across the whole Vine network for a weekly Zoom gathering to check in and read Scripture in community. This semester, the plan is to read the whole Gospel of Mark – it’s the shortest one – and explore what it meant in its context and means for us today. Tuesdays 8-9:30 p.m. To join the Zoom study, please email Becca Seely at pastor@thevinenyc.org.

FPC 20/30S Young Adults
The Young Adult ministry of FPC includes fellowship opportunities for 20/30s to gather for conversation and community. These casual come-as-you are, drop in events are a great way to connect with other young adults in an often anonymous big city. If you would like to be on the mailing list for this program, contact bdavis@fpcnyc.org and we will happily add you to our list.