For the foreseeable future, we have suspended in-person worship.
We invite you to join us for worship Sunday mornings on WAXN-TV at 11 a.m. or as we livestream the 11 a.m. service here on the Worship page on our website. The televised service is also repeated on the following Saturday at 9 a.m. on WAXN-TV.
The following details will apply when the current situation related to the COVID19 virus is behind us.
Wherever you are on your faith journey, First Presbyterian Church welcomes you to one of our services on Sunday mornings.
Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. September through May. (We have worship at 11 a.m. during the summer months.)
Intergenerational Formation: Sunday morning classes for all ages are at 10 a.m. in various locations. You’ll find a schedule, with locations, in the Historical Lobby.
We invite you to visit the Welcome Center, just off the church’s historical lobby as you enter through the courtyards doors on Sunday mornings. The Welcome Center is open from 9:45-11:45 a.m. Brief tours of the church leave from the Welcome Center at 10:15 on Sunday mornings. You can also pick up copies of our quarterly magazine, Tapestry, and our monthly newsletter, FirstNEWS, among other publications.
You can also learn about the programs, activities and events planned in the weeks ahead on the Now@First page, which updates every Monday morning with the big event of the week, signups for various events, newsletters for various program areas, as well as other news and announcements.
My husband, Frasier, and I joined in 1989. We met in a Sunday School class at First Presbyterian after I came to Charlotte for a job. I was born in New York—my mother was a member of the Southern Women’s Society of New York and they would get together and fry chicken. We moved to Clinton, SC, when I was seven years old. I attended Clemson and worked in the insurance industry in Columbia, SC, before moving to Charlotte. We have two children, Harris and Hunter. This church is one of my favorite places to be and I am so excited about helping others find their place here.
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 coffee in our Welcome Center. 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 and during all church events. Our lot is at the corner of Trade and Poplar streets. Please enter the lot on Poplar Street, directly across the 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 for worship on Sundays.
Or you may want to join us at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings for coffee, fellowship and information about other activities at the church. If so, follow the brick courtyard to the left of the sanctuary building to Wood Fellowship Hall.
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.
All are welcome to attend services and participate in classes and events at First Presbyterian Church. Please visit on Sunday mornings. Our Welcome Center is also open on Sundays, 9:45-10:45 a.m. You’ll be able to take a brief tour of the church at 10:15 a.m., pick up a copy of our Welcome booklet, as well as other information to help you get acquainted with First Presbyterian Church.
Few things are limited to only members: getting married in the church, having a child baptized and serving as a deacon or elder. 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. If you’d like to talk with someone about what membership means here at First Presbyterian, please contact Jane Ives, our Membership Development Coordinator.
Want to talk with somebody? Email Jane Ives, Membership Development Coordinator, or call her at 704.927.0241. Jane 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, Jane will walk you through that process.