Worship is at the heart of our life together. As a community of faith, we gather in the Sanctuary every Sunday morning to engage with Scripture as it is read, sung, and proclaimed, to offer prayers, to sing our praises to God, and to prepare ourselves to be servants of Christ in the world beyond the church doors.
Our traditional Reformed Presbyterian liturgy reflects such movement as it speaks of “gathering, hearing the Word, responding to the Word, and sending.” At First Church, we strive for a gracious and inclusive liturgy, meaningful and thought-provoking sermons relating to issues and challenges in modern discipleship, and music that evokes wonder and praise. The worship style we embrace is one that might be called “lively traditional.”
If you visit with us on a Sunday, you will find a sanctuary that is architecturally beautiful, where a sense of the Holy is present, and a congregation that is diverse and engaged. We celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper the first Sunday of every month and on significant liturgical days in the Church calendar. We offer infant and adult Baptism each month as well.
Children in Worship
FPC has outstanding ministries for children and youth. From infancy to adolescence, there is a way for everyone to connect. Children are always welcome in worship. Many attend the beginning of the worship service with their parents before joining in a children’s prayer and attending Church School. September through May, we offer church school classes from 11:15 – 12:15 p.m. for children three years of age through the fifth grade, grades 6-12 are all invited to the youth group. During the service, a children’s prayer is offered which typically includes various creative forms of prayer from call and response, call and repeat, children praying their own prayers, and contemplative prayers for children to pray along with.Children are offered “pew boxes” which include a children’s bulletin, coloring pages, supplies, games, and Bibles to be used during weeks that Church School is not offered. These pew boxes allow for children to learn about all the elements of worship.
Skilled professional childcare is also available for children under three years every Sunday morning year-round during the worship service and adult education programs.