First Presbyterian continues the denomination’s belief in life-long learning as a key spiritual discipline. The church offers appropriate Sunday School curriculum for adults and children (9:45), Wednesday evening Bible studies, educational speakers, and special events. Each Wednesday evening through the school year, members gather for “Food & Friends” – a time of fellowship, dinner, activities for children and programs for adults. Sunday morning sermons interpret the Bible in the context in which it was written, and engage listeners in applying spiritual truths to their own lives today.
Christ calls us to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. Therefore, we show God’s love to others because Christ has bestowed his grace on us. Our Mission Statement is “We are a mission church, historically and intentionally diverse, daily sent on Christ’s mission of love and grace.”
Our Membership Growth team actively seeks and pursues ways to increase our numbers as well as our vitality. The team plans and invites members to participate in special events including picnics, the annual ice cream social, Back to Church Sunday, and seasonal congregational meals. They make contact with former members, new members, and those who attend irregularly. This team also collaborates with Mission Outreach and the Worship Committee to plan special worship services and community mission projects, and is active in the implementation of new technology.
First Presbyterian Church continues a history of exceptional music ministry. The church’s antiphonal organ is unequaled by any other church organ in southern West Virginia. Traditional hymns and sacred music sometimes give way to contemporary hymns, praise songs, piano/organ duets, and gospel. Members and visitors frequently remark that the music is the most meaningful part of their worship experience!
Community is what we do best at First Presbyterian: building relationships, learning from each other, supporting one another in our weaknesses, encouraging members to develop their talents, nurturing our children, and cherishing our seniors. Through Sunday School, Bible studies, mission activities, shared meals, committee work, and leadership councils, we keep our focus on teamwork and mutual respect.
Specific opportunities for fellowship include Wednesday Food & Friends, Sunday morning fellowship time (9:30 – 10:45), summer picnics at member’s homes, seasonal congregational meals, an annual ice cream social, Easter morning breakfasts, special concerts, Presbyterian Women’s gatherings, and team/committee work.
Congregational Care is the nurturing arm of the church. This team responds to members’ occasional and ongoing needs by arranging bereavement meals and receptions; sending special-occasion cards to members; taking food/supplies/flowers to those who are sick, shut-in, or needy; visiting sick and shut-in members; and communicating with the minister regarding need for pastoral care