FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You may have questions about First Presbyterian and our ministries and programs. We have tried to anticipate what you might want to know but if you have a question not answered here, please click here and use the Contact Us form.

What should I wear to a worship service? People dress differently for our different services. For the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. traditional services you’ll see everything from business casual to suits and ties for men, nice dresses or suits for women.  At our Kairos contemporary service folks tend to dress much more casually.

How long are the worship services? The typical Presbyterian worship service is about an hour long. Sometimes, like when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of the month, it can be a little longer.

What is the difference between the traditional services and Kairos worship service?  The main difference is the music. Our 8:30 traditional service is less formal, yet is still traditional. Hymns are led by a piano and the setting is more intimate. Our 11:00 service features hymns led by the organ and anthems by our Chancel Choir and bell choir. The Kairos service features contemporary Christian music led by a worship band. Although the sermons may be different, our pastors preach on the same theme at all three morning services.

Where do I park? Parking is available in several places around our building. The main parking lot is east and south of the church’s Fellowship Hall. It is most easily accessed off of Third Ave. There are a limited number of on-street spaces available on Third Avenue and Second Street. And on Sundays and after business hours parking is also available in the Bank of America lot to the north and the First Security Insurance lot to the south.

Do you have accommodations for those who are differently-abled? Yes we do. We are completely wheelchair accessible. Please park on the north side of the church for easiest access to the Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, and elevator.

There are so many entrances, how do I know where to enter the building? We know our building can be confusing! We hope that won’t deter you from worshiping with us! On Sunday morning you may enter the sanctuary through one of four doors at the corners of the building. However, most enter off of Second Street. The 8:30 a.m. service and Kairos services are held in the Fellowship Hall which is at the east end of our building. For meetings and activities during the week, the main church entrance is off of the south and east parking lots. A reception desk is located there. Wednesday children’s programs and scout meetings are held in Kidz Space which is accessed from the main parking lot. No matter where you enter our building, we want you to know that you are welcome here.

Are children welcome at First Presbyterian? Just as Jesus valued and welcomed little children, so do we! If you wish to have your child cared for while you worship, we have an excellent nursery for children through age three. If you choose to worship with your children we have activity bags for them. And during the school year we offer a Children’s Church program at the 11:00 a.m. service (link) for children in kindergarten and first grade. Sunday school programs welcome children of all ages and during the school year our Wednesday afternoon FP3 program offers Bible Study, recreation and fellowship, followed by an all-church dinner. Please read our Safe Church Policy.

What do you offer for teenagers? Sunday morning classes address important faith and ethical issues faced by teens today. We offer both a Middle and High school class on Sunday mornings. On Wednesdays teens meet for a youth group experience, separated again into middle and high school groups. Both high school and middle school groups take a mission trip each summer. The high school group also attends the Montreat Youth Conference and the middle school group attends a conference at Massanetta Springs in Virginia.

Are first-time visitors singled out or pressured to become members of First Presbyterian? Absolutely not! We know that finding a church home is a complex process and that it takes time to discern where God is leading you. We do hope you are warmly welcomed by our pastors and members when you are with us, but you will not be pressured in any way.

What do Presbyterians believe? To learn more about the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in general, click here to access the website of our national governing body.

How can I be married at First Presbyterian? Ordinarily, we welcome you to be married at First Presbyterian if you are a member of our congregation or if you are a Presbyterian in good standing at another church. Click here for more information about weddings at First.

How can I become a member of First Presbyterian? Our Pastor offers Inquirer’s Classes several times each year in which potential members can learn about the ministry and mission of First Presbyterian Church. Please contact Whit Malone if you would like to take the class or know more.

I have questions that are not answered here. How can I contact you? Please click here and use the “Contact Us” form. We will get right back with you.