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Welcome! Thanks for visiting - we hope you find what you’re looking for. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions to get you started…
What kind of church is First Pres.?
First Presbyterian Church is a community of 1,300 or so believers from across Spokane and beyond. Broadly speaking, we stand within the Reformed and evangelical streams of Christian tradition, meaning that we believe in the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ for the salvation of a lost world, the unique authority of the written word of God, and the particular expression of Christian theology that emerged in the teaching of John Calvin and his followers at the time of the Protestant Reformation.
We value intergenerational fellowship, the life of the mind, the authentic worship of the people of God, and the living expression of worship as our posture and attitude wherever we may be, for the sake of the world beyond the church.
As a large “historic” downtown church we seek the transforming reality of the kingdom of Christ as it intersects with the reality of this city and its many needs. We hope you will join us on the incredible journey!
Where are you located and when do you worship?
For directions to our building, click here.
During the fall, winter and spring, worship happens at 8:45 and 11:15 am and 5pm on Sundays.
In summer, we worship at 10am and 6pm Sundays.
Our common hour (10-11am in fall, winter and spring) allows for fellowship, learning and gathering across the spectrum of worship service attendance.
What can I expect in a worship service?
Our hope and prayer is that worship at First Pres has one focus: Jesus Christ. We enjoy experimenting with many different formats and approaches in our corporate worship as we seek to fulfill that singular goal.
You will find that our early service adopts a more “contemporary” approach in its musical and liturgical elements, while the later service makes greater use of the traditional elements of choir, bells, robes, organ, and folk instruments.
The evening service is in many ways its own community and integrates a broad variety of elements in its expression of worship (for more, check out the Communitas page).
For all of our worship services, please come as you are (this is Spokane – wear whatever you feel comfortable wearing). Expect to enter into a time of thoughtful reflection and engagement with scripture, a weekly rhythm of confession, repentance and assurance of pardon, an opportunity to lift our voices and prayers to God corporately, and a challenge to bring the good news with us in word and deed as we leave the church doors. On the second Sunday of each month we share in the sacrament of communion, and on a regular basis we joyfully witness the baptisms of infants, children and adults.
What do you have for children and youth?
For years, children’s and student ministries have been a thriving presence here at First Pres. Children and students of all ages are invited into the journey of faith and equipped to serve as shining lights in the world, through separate programs for younger children, older children, tweens, junior highers, senior highers, and college students. To survey our spectrum of programs and learn more, check out the Children's, Middle School and High School pages.
I am struggling – how can I access support?
First Pres makes a priority of caring for one another and for those beyond our fellowship. Key elements of this effort include the ministry of the board of Deacons, our various Support Groups, and the Stephen Ministry Program. To begin to access our systems of support, please contact Associate Pastor for Congregational Care Rev. Betsy Wynne.
How can I plug in?
Our goal at First Pres is to enable each individual within our sphere to discover the abundant life of worship, fellowship, discipleship and apostleship to which we believe God has called us. There are many ways to plug in and live this out. Attending Sunday worship, sticking around for a class or discussion over coffee, or stopping in for dinner and fellowship at Thursday Night Live are simple and easy ways to begin to explore the life of this church. Eventually, connecting with a small group and diving into mission and service opportunities will deepen and broaden your connection to the church and to Christ. If you have questions about membership or baptism, click here.