Want to explore what God is doing in the heart of Charlotte? We hope you’ll start by visiting First Presbyterian Church. All are welcome here as we grow into a diverse urban faith community.
Almost 200 years ago, the small town of Charlotte set aside this city block as a spiritual front porch for its residents. That town has grown into a major city. Our urban neighborhood changes continuously and First Presbyterian responds to those changes as agents of God’s love, compassion and grace. We believe that makes First Pres an exciting place to live out our faith.
Here on our website, you can get a taste of how we build community. You can see what we offer to help people grow their faith. And you can learn about the many ways you might participate in outreach to address issues like poverty and hunger and educational opportunities for all children, both locally and internationally. You can even experience worship here online or on TV.
We hope you’ll visit us. Our church at the corner of Trade and Church streets may look imposing, but our doors are open wide, no matter where you are on your faith journey. Visit any time. Or join us on the first Sunday of any month as we offer First, Coffee in our Library. Drop in anytime between 9:55 and 10:55 a.m. It’s casual and low-key and we look forward to sharing coffee and getting to know you.
– The Reverend Pen Peery, Senior Pastor
Directions & Parking
First Presbyterian Church is centrally located at the corner of Trade and Church streets in center city Charlotte, one block off the Square at Trade and Tryon Streets. Free parking is available Sunday mornings in the lot at the corner of Trade and Poplar streets, directly across Poplar Street from the church. Parking for those with disabilities is also available on the drive in front of our sanctuary, with an entrance from Church Street.
Directions to First Presbyterian Church
From the shaded lawn that serves as a park where city residents and workers can enjoy lunches at one of our picnic tables or drop by our playground with their children, you’ll see three buildings. The center building is our historic sanctuary. You are welcome to enter there on Sundays. As you face the sanctuary, you’ll see a brick courtyard that runs between the sanctuary and the building to the left. Follow that courtyard to our reception area, where you can enter and receive directions to all other areas of the church.
CLICK HERE for a map of the interior of the church.
Stepping into an unfamiliar church for the first time can be challenging. How do people dress? Is the service too formal, too modern, too long? What if the kids make noise or squirm during the sermon? Will the whole thing feel weird for people without much church background?
That’s why we say first, come have a cup of coffee.
No pressure. Not even a worship service, unless you want to stay. Just a warm welcome over a cup of coffee and a doughnut. Meet a few folks, have a conversation and decide what happens next.
First, Coffee is 9:55-10:55 a.m. on the first Sunday of each month (except when there is a holiday weekend). Walk up the brick courtyard to the left of the sanctuary building and look for the signs.
This class is offered four times a year to visitors and new members. The Reverend Erika Funk, other staff and members share an overview of our beliefs, activities and ways to get involved. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about First Presbyterian.
Watch for the next date on our Now at FPC page here on the website or contact Lucy Caldwell, Membership Development Coordinator, 704.927.0241.
All are welcome to attend services and participate in classes and events at First Presbyterian Church. Please visit on Sunday mornings or for Wednesday Worship at noon as often as you can!
Few things are limited to only members: getting married in the church, having a child baptized and serving as a deacon or elder. All of the other activities you see here on the website are open to everyone.
Becoming a member represents a commitment to FPC and our congregation, as well as our commitment to walk with you. Church membership brings you into a closer relationship with the church and its members.
Want to talk with somebody? Start with Lucy Caldwell, Membership Development Coordinator, 704.927.0241. Lucy can answer your questions or put you in touch with the right person no matter what you want to know or discuss.
Also, if you want to know more about joining our congregation, Lucy will walk you through that process.