Who We Are
The First Presbyterian Church in Germantown is an inclusive community united by our faith in Jesus Christ and our commitment to welcome and serve others in Christ’s name. Our congregation is diverse in ways that include culture, race, age, theology, education and income. We welcome all people, and expect that each will add to our diversity.
Our church has a rich history of ministry in the Germantown community over the last two centuries. In the 1990′s, the Session of First Church adopted and implemented the following policy of integration:
We, the members of The First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, seek to be an integrated congregation, inclusive and supportive of people both rich and poor, from all walks of life and racial backgrounds. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and that it is God’s will, through Christ, that we should live together in the unity of the Spirit.
The congregation of First Church has not wavered from following this statement, as it truly defines who we are and who we are called to be.We have a great tradition of outstanding music that is shared through our worship. Our outreach programs include The Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry, along with its food cupboard. We also celebrate and highlight local artists in our coffee house, Bread and Cup, which runs on the first Sunday evening of every month. Our children’s, youth and young adult programs gather young people together for regular Christian education activities and fellowship events.
Come see for yourself that we are a congregation that is Alive, Celebrating and Serving the Living Lord!
Worship is the center of all that we do at The First Presbyterian Church in Germantown. As a congregation we gather together each Sunday morning at 10:00 AM. and for other special services throughout the year. Each Sunday, we welcome visitors to our service, some who are new to our community, some who are visiting from places around the country and some who have lived in the area for years but who find a need to come and join us at worship.
We are a unique congregation when we come together for worship as The First Presbyterian Church in Germantown is one of the very few (5.5%) in the country that is interracial. We resemble the Kingdom of God as we worship our Lord, with people from different backgrounds, different cultures, different skin colors.
Celebration Sunday is the last Sunday of each month. Worship begins at this service by singing favorite hymns of those in the congregation. Our young people remain with us in worship on Celebration Sundays. These young people participate in the service as readers and sometimes musically as well. All worshipers are encouraged to bring food donations for ourGermantown Avenue Crisis Ministry Food Cupboard, as well as loose change that they have been collecting during the month for their Cents-Ability offering. During the singing of the first hymn of worship, we bring these gifts forward and place them on the chancel steps as together we offer our support in fighting the fight against hunger in our community.
As a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we are guided by our “Reformed Faith.” As was stressed by the Protestant Reformers of the sixteenth century, we are committed to “the priesthood of all believers.”
Our worship is designed to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, and to send people out to follow Christ and serve others in his name.
As Presbyterians, we place great value on scripture and on interpretation of scripture as found in the Presbyterian Book of Confessions. We observe two sacraments: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism celebrates a person’s (infant through adult) entrance into the fellowship of the Church. The Lord’s Supper, or Communion, commemorates the meal that Jesus celebrated with his disciples the night before he was crucified. This sacrament symbolizes God’s grace or forgiving love.