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 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.
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.