Worship

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. – Jeremiah 29:12

Sunday Worship 11 a.m. (9 a.m. service resumes September 10)

Wednesday Worship Noon-12:30 p.m.

September 24 bulletin

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At First Presbyterian Church, you will experience a worship service rich with liturgy in the Reformed tradition. We come together on Sundays and Wednesdays to worship, to pray and to listen for God’s message to us in scripture. We also make a joyful noise to celebrate God’s presence in our lives.

Our half-hour Wednesday Worship service offers an oasis of calm in the middle of a busy week from September through May. On the first Wednesday of each month during that time, we offer communion, as we do several times throughout the year on Sundays.

If you cannot join us in person, we invite you to watch the 11 a.m. Sunday service, which is televised live on WSOC-TV and is also streamed live from the website. Forty-eight hours after the service, you can also view a podcast whenever it is convenient for you.

Staff

Pendleton Barnes Peery

Senior Pastor

Will Young

Director of Music Ministries

TV Ministry

For more than 50 years, First Presbyterian Church has brought worship into the homes of people who cannot physically attend church. The 11 a.m. Sunday service is broadcast live over Channel 9, WSOC-TV. The broadcast is closed-captioned.

The 11 a.m. service is also streamed online live. Past services are also available.

Honor a Loved One: Sponsor a Service

The Sunday services are funded through viewers’ contributions and endowments to the TV Ministry. If this ministry has value to you, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution.

You can also sponsor a televised Sunday morning service in honor or in memory of someone. Contact Jan Gaddis, 704.927.0235.

You can donate by sending a check or by donating securely through our Giving page.

Please send checks to:

First Presbyterian Church TV Ministry
200 West Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Music Ministry

O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! – Psalm 98:1-8

Music proclaims that we love God and find joy in all the ways God shows love for us.

The music ministry at First Presbyterian Church provides opportunities for worship, service and education, while conveying the word of God to others through music.

Participants experience the joy of fellowship and the knowledge that they offer a meaningful service to God and his church. Whether you consider yourself a musical novice or seasoned professional, you can grow and develop your talents here.

All are welcome in one of our many musical ensembles:

  • Sanctuary Choir (Adults 18+)
  • Youth Choir (Grades 6-12)
  • Kirk Choirs (Grades 2-5) and Children’s Introduction to Music (TK-Grade 1) (TK-GRADE 1)
  • Ivey Ringers (Grades 9-12)
  • Knox Ringers (Grades 6-12)
  • Calvin Ringers (Grades 3-5)

Sanctuary Choir (Adults 18+)

This choir leads music for 9 and 11 am Sunday services. It is open to any interested singer—no prior choral experience is necessary—and new members are welcome. The ability to read music is appreciated but not required. A weekly commitment to rehearsals and Sunday morning services is expected. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:30-9 pm in the choir room (P-119). Contact Will Young.

Youth Choir (Grades 6-12)

Middle school and high school youth gather for rehearsal each Wednesday night from 6:45-7:30 pm in the Youth High School Room. The group sings several times a year during worship with the Sanctuary Choir, as well as at Singing in the Season. They also go on tour with another church youth choir each June and attend the Montreat Worship and Music Conference. Contact Will Young.

Carols/Kirk Choirs (Grades 2-5) and Children’s Introduction to Music (TK-Grade 1)

The children’s choirs rehearse Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 pm. Working in age-appropriate groups, they sing in Worship several times a year, including the Thanksgiving Eve service. Contact Kelly Potts.

Ivey Ringers (Grades 9-12)

This auditioned group of experienced youth ringers rehearses on Wednesdays, 7:30-9 pm and on Sundays, 8-9 pm. Ivey Ringers play in Worship and on special occasions throughout the year, including a Christmas Eve concert preceding the 11 pm Christmas Eve service. This group tours in the summer, both nationally and internationally. A full commitment to weekly rehearsals, Worship participation, and performance activities is required. For information, contact Trevor Cook.

Knox Ringers (Grades 6-12)

This group is open to both experienced ringers and those who have not rung before. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm. The Knox Ensemble rings in Worship several times throughout the year and in other ringing opportunities. A full commitment to weekly rehearsals and Worship participation is required. For information, contact Trevor Cook.

Calvin Ringers (Grades 3-5)

This introduction to handbells and chimes is open to members of children’s choirs and is a fun option for grades 3-5. The group meets Wednesdays, 7:00-7:30 pm. For information, contact Trevor Cook.

Life Events

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. – James 1:17

First Presbyterian walks with its members and facilitates meaningful worship services for life’s most significant events—baptism for infants, children and adults; wedding ceremonies; and funeral or memorial services.

Baptism

Baptism is the sign and seal of God’s grace and new life through Christ. The sacrament signifies the faithfulness of God, the washing away of sin, rebirth and adoption into the covenant family as children of God.

As Baptism reminds us of who we are and whose we are, our response to that Good News is to enter into a covenantal relationship that binds us to Christ and to one another. Just as those to be baptized are asked questions of faith (or in the case of infant baptism, parents are asked), the congregation also claims its responsibility for nurturing the newest member. Bound as one, we walk together on this journey of faith as a people called and equipped by God for worship, learning and service in Christ’s name.

To learn more about baptism at First Presbyterian Church, please contact Lorie Burns.

Weddings

The wedding ceremony is a service of worship in which the church celebrates marriage as a gift of God. First Presbyterian accepts wedding date applications from those who have been active congregation members for at least six months, or whose parents are active members.

Our chapel is the perfect venue for smaller, more intimate ceremonies. Our sanctuary, with its classic architecture and central aisle, is ideal for a larger, more formal service.

When you begin your planning, you will be connected to a church wedding coordinator.

Members who would like more information about wedding services may contact Lorie Burns, 704.927.0254. To inquire about becoming a member of First Presbyterian Church, please contact our Membership Development Coordinator Lucy Caldwell, 704.927.0241.

Funerals and Memorial Services

In the event of the death of a church member, please contact the church office at 704.332.5123.

Just as the church embraces us throughout our lives, so too does it stand ready to embrace us in death and to support those who grieve. Funerals and memorial services are important services of worship for the community of faith. For more information about funerals at First Presbyterian Church, please read or download our Funeral Policy.

On our campus, the Bradford Memorial Columbarium offers a beautiful and peaceful place for the interment of the cremated remains of church members and their immediate family members. For more information, contact Jan Gaddis.

To help with such sensitive matters as end-of-life decisions and funeral plans, First Presbyterian’s Congregational Support Committee has created a resource, Putting My House in Order: Information and Planning Needed at the Time of My Death. With this booklet, you have the opportunity to give your family the extraordinary gift of information, preparation and peace of mind.

Wednesday Worship

What better time and place for spiritual renewal than in the middle of the day in the middle of the week in the middle of Center City Charlotte?

This 30-minutes service of quiet reflection, music and message is offered at noon on Wednesdays, September through May.

Following the Wednesday service, all are invited to a community lunch in Wood Fellowship Hall. $8 cash or check. Menus are typically posted each Monday.