Wherever you are on your faith journey, First Presbyterian Church welcomes you to one of our services on Sunday mornings or on Wednesdays.
Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. (September through May) and 11 a.m.
Sunday morning classes for all ages: 10 a.m. in various locations
Wednesday Worship: Noon-12:30 p.m. followed by community lunch in Wood Fellowship Hall
To get a feel for who we are, you are also invited to join us Sunday mornings for First, Coffee, between 9:45 and 11 a.m. in our gathering place, Wood Fellowship Hall.
And to learn more about what goes on here, visit the Now@FPC page, which updates every Monday morning with the big event of the week, signups for various events, newsletters, news and announcements and a link to the latest issue of our quarterly magazine, Tapestry.
My husband and I joined First Presbyterian Church more than 30 years ago and raised three children here. I grew up in Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky…suffice it to say I bleed a different shade of blue than most people around here!
After many years in corporate America, I founded a web design company in 2007. I sold the company in 2016 and started working for the church soon after. I am fortunate to have a job where I get to meet so many thoughtful, curious people who have chosen to visit our church.
Outside of church and family, I try to be an oil painter and tennis player…in both areas, I’m a work in progress.
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.
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 Sunday mornings for First, Coffee in Wood Fellowship Hall. Drop in anytime between 9:45 and 11 a.m. for this casual, low-key time to meet others, ask questions and learn more about First Presbyterian. 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.
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. On Sunday mornings, 8:45-11 a.m., you’ll see signs pointing you to our gathering place in Wood Fellowship Hall, where you can join us for coffee, meet others and learn more about what’s going on at First Pres. During the week, you can follow that brick courtyard to our reception area, where you can enter and receive directions to all other areas 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 staff, other visitors and members, have a conversation, learn about our church and decide what happens next.
First, Coffee is 9:45-11 a.m. each Sunday in Wood Fellowship Hall. Walk up the brick courtyard to the left of the sanctuary building and look for the signs to our Sunday morning gathering place.
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? Click here to email Lucy Caldwell, Membership Development Coordinator, or call her at 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.