April 18, 2015
Our congregation is gifted by God with a sense of camaraderie, compassion for those in need and commitment to seek God’s will in our lives. First Presbyterian Church (FPC) possesses a wide range of well-educated individuals from a variety of professions who give their time, energy and expertise to enrich the activities of our church. We have a very active music program that is led by professionally-trained music educators. We are blessed with an exceptional pastoral staff and an active session and diaconate. We are also blessed with a Christian Educator and Youth Intern who lead our very active Children/Youth ministry.
Together, through God’s grace, we are equipped to respond to a variety of needs and ministries. First Presbyterian Church is highly responsive to opportunities that allow us to share God’s grace in communion with others. This includes volunteering in a wide variety of local missions, participating in work projects around the country, and traveling on international mission trips to support Presbyterian-related churches in Hungary, Peru, and Malawi. First Presbyterian Church is a positive and cohesive church family and members of all ages are actively involved in all aspects of the life of the church, serving as Deacons, worship leaders, mission trip participants and committee members.
Who Are We?
We are a dynamic downtown church with diverse worship styles and numerous community outreach programs to educate children through our preschool, feed the hungry through our food cupboard and build houses for people in need through Habitat for Humanity. We have a rich history (founded in 1834) and an even more exciting future as we become the hub for ecumenical worship and mission outreach in the community. The congregation strongly supports youth ministry, mission work at home and abroad, fellowship and education. We incorporate art, sculpture, drama and a variety of music into our three Sunday worship services; two on Sunday morning and one on Sunday evening at 5 pm.
Congregational programs include numerous opportunities to meet the needs of an intergenerational congregation that facilitates its active involvement and participation. We have an active and vibrant youth program which involves weekly Sunday School and Confirmation classes, weekly fellowship activities, mission trips, Youth Retreats, Conferences, and a variety of other activities. First Presbyterian Church supports children and education by sponsoring weekday classes for preschoolers and Kindergarten children at-risk, as well as sponsoring Boy Scouts and Cub Scout troops. First Presbyterian Church members, including our youth, join with individuals and groups in the community, nation and world in an ecumenical effort to enhance mission outreach. Our members have taken a leadership role in Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army feeding program, CROP Walk and the local interfaith family assistance programs of the Samaritan Center and Agape House.
We have exciting annual mission trips to renew friendships and assist our partners in Hungary, Peru, and Malawi. We also have partnered with college students from Lincoln University (in Jefferson City) and Westminster College (20 minutes north) in the CROP Walk, holiday dinners for international Students, shared community ministry, shared worship and music leadership on campus and church. Our Youth have also become extrenely active in urban ministry taking mission trips to St. Louis, Kansas City, and Chicago. Our Habitat for Humanity crew has also been active in Mississippi and Joplin.
We are proud of our active youth ministry, vibrant music programs, valuable Stephen Ministry and PresbyterianWomen’s circles. We are also proud of our traditional worship services on Sunday Morning and the growing Contemporary worship service on Sunday evening, Sunday Night Live @ 5. This new evening service was started in the summer of 2011 and has included a variety of musical styles from contemporary, bluegrass, reggae and Taize with different expressions of faith through drama, sculpture, dance and weaving. SNL@5 has drawn
from 60 to 120 people and helped to energize the church.
First Presbyterian Church has a rich and wonderful history. See the highlights of our 180 year history.
Becoming a Member
New members to First Presbyterian Church are received:
- Through a profession of faith
- Through a reaffirmation of faith
- Transfer of membership