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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: 11 a.m. May 27 through September 2
  • Intergenerational Summer Centering May 27 through September 2. Wood Fellowship Hall, 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday Worship: Resumes in September, Noon-12:30 p.m.

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.



Lucy Caldwell

Membership Development Coordinator


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, including youth, children and adults of all ages.  And you can meet clergy and staff, 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 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.

Directions to First Presbyterian Church

Our Campus

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 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.

CLICK HERE for a map of the interior of the church.


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.