35 West Chelten Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

P: 215.843.8811 - F: 888.333.5032

E: [email protected]

Service Time

Sundays 10:00-11:00am


“Just Mercy” Book Discussion

Posted on 14 Nov 2019. By

Act & Engage is a new initiative that offers the opportunity to wrestle with important issues as followers of Christ: to listen, to learn, to engage through the lens of our Christian faith. Our first topic is Criminal Justice. Join us Sunday, November 17th  or Tuesday November 19th when we discuss “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. Critics say “The book provides readers a window into the justice system… The stories told within…hold the potential to transform what we think we mean when we talk about justice.” Books are $8 and available for purchase during coffee hour. Following this introduction, two additional Act and Engage events on Criminal Justice will more narrowly focus on Veterans,  specifically, those involved in the justice system and dealing with PTSD and other mental health issues. See the flyer for the event here!



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Music at FPCG – Spring 2019

Posted on 03 Feb 2019. By

FPCG invites you to enjoy a wide range of musical programs this spring!

February 17th, 2019 at 3:00pm

Philadelphia Sinfonia Chamber Players

Under the direction of Music Director Gary White, the talented young musicians of Philadelphia Sinfonia will present a program including the following:

Leonore Overture No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1 by Georges Bizet (1838-1875)

Admission is Free.  Free-will donations gratefully accepted.

March 3rd, 2019 at 3:00pm

Keystone State Boychoir: Asher’s Legacy Concert

Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Jack Asher, long time supporter of Commonwealth Youthchoirs.

Tickets are required. Additional information at

March 17th, 2019 at 4:00pm

Germantown Oratorio Choir: Brahms Festival Concert

The Germantown Oratorio Choir will present a Brahms Festival Concert. The program will feature the music of Brahms, Robert and Clara Schumann in recognition of Clara Schumann’s bicentennial.

For more information, call the church office at 212-843-8811 or e-mail [email protected]

Admission is Free.  Free-will donations gratefully accepted.

Friday, March 29th, 2019 at 7:00pm

William and Mary College Women’s Choir

The talented 50-voice women’s chorus from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia will perform at First Church as part of their spring concert tour.

Admission is Free.  Free-will donations gratefully accepted.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3:00 and 6:00pm

Keystone State Boychoir & New Jersey Boychoir

The combined choirs of the Keystone State Boycoir and the New Jersey Boychoir will present two performances.

Tickets are required.  Additional information at



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Slideshow of FPCG Trip to Puerto Rico

Posted on 04 Oct 2018. By

On 9/23/18, a service of worship was held to share the experiences of the FPCG team that traveled this summer on a mission trip to Puerto Rico.

This slideshow presents the experience in photos. The music that accompanies the video was played during the Offering by Tony Thurman.




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FPCG Mission Trip to Puerto Rico: July 2018

Posted on 30 Jul 2018. By

On July 21-29th, A team of 22 FPCG church members and friends traveled to the town of Anasco, Puerto Rico.

The purpose of the trip was to work at the Presbyterian Church in Anasco (Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana en Añasco, or PIPA), which has been designated as a Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) site following the devastating hurricane Maria which caused major damage throughout Puerto Rico in 2017.  Specifically, the team worked to repair and paint spaces that will be used to provide food, other supplies, and social services to the Anasco community. In addition, part of the team included physicians that worked with the local medical clinic to provide medical support services. FPCG Director of Christian Education Christian Heyer-Rivera and his wife Sheila, who is from Puerto Rico, led the trip. Prior to travel, the team held several fundraising events which were generously supported by the FPCG community.

Through the efforts of the team and the gracious hospitality of PIPA led by Ada Lis Luciano Andújar, the trip was very successful.

This page will be updated with more information and photos.

More information and photos are available on the FPCG Facebook page at

Here are pictures of some of the team departing PIPA and returning to FPCG. Other team members traveled home separately.

The contributions of ALL are acknowledged with heartfelt thanks.

Translated Caption:  “See you soon!”  “God Bless you all…”






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Installation Service For Rev. Rebecca Segers

Posted on 19 Apr 2018. By

On April 29, 2018, The Reverend Rebecca Segers was installed as Pastor behalf of the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown.

The installation was a joint service of the Presbytery of Philadelphia and the Congregation of the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown.

CLICK HERE for the Installation Bulletin

CLICK HERE for VIDEOS from the Installation Service

We were extremely honored to have the The Reverend Dr. James Forbes, Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church in New York City, preaching the sermon for this service.

CLICK HERE for an audio version of the sermon by the Rev. Dr. James Forbes

The service included joyous music sung by the FPCG Chancel Choir and Gospel Choir, the Keystone State Boychoir and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, and worship through liturgical dance.

A reception followed the worship service.

Congratulations to Rev. Rebecca Segers as she has now officially joined us in ministry !!


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Brahms Festival Concert

Posted on 17 Mar 2018. By

Please join us on Sunday, March 18, at 4 p.m. in person of via Internet livestream broadcast of our Brahms Festival Concert presented by the Germantown Oratorio Choir. Click here for complete details.


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FPCG Welcomes New Pastor Rev. Rebecca Segers!!!

Posted on 11 Feb 2018. By

We warmly welcome our new pastor, the Reverend Rebecca Segers. Our congregation is excited and enthusiastic that Rev. Segers will be joining us and leading us in ministry. Rev. Segers starts at FPCG on Thursday, February 15 and her first sermon as Pastor will be on Sunday, February 18.


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Messiah Concert Live Stream

Posted on 26 Nov 2017. By

The Germantown Oratorio Choir & Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. F. Anthony Thurman, will present a concert of excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, an oratorio in three parts, on Sunday, December 3, at 4 p.m. The concert will feature award winning soloists Evelyn Santiago, soprano; Margaret Mezzacappa, mezzo soprano; David Kellett, tenor; and Robert Phillips, baritone. The concert is open to the public. A free-will offering is requested.

Those unable to attend in person can participate from a distance via Internet livestream. Visit for complete concert details.


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A Grand Vision: Violet Oakley and the American Renaissance

Posted on 04 Oct 2017. By

This fall the Woodmere Art Museum will present a large-scale exhibition of the work of Violet Oakley (1874-1961), the first in more three decades. The exhibition will focus on the artist’s public commissions, which are rarely seen because of their fixed locations in civic buildings, churches, schools, and private residences. Studies for commissions that span Oakley’s fifty-year career will include her work at the Pennsylvania State Capitol and the Great Women of the Bible series here at First Church. Join art historians and guests from Woodmere on Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 2-4 p.m. in the Jennings Room. The exhibition runs September 30, 2017-January 21, 2018. For more information, visit or call 215-247-0476. Visit Woodmere for free on Sundays.


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Messiah rehearsals begin Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m.

Posted on 04 Oct 2017. By

The Germantown Oratorio Choir will perform Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 3, at 4 p.m. Rehearsals are on Tuesday nights from 7:30-9 p.m. in the church Sanctuary, beginning Oct. 31. Members and friends of First Church, neighboring choirs, and musicians from the greater Germantown community are invited to participate. There is no audition required, but the ability to read music, the talent to sing in tune and in time, and the commitment to be faithful to the rehearsal schedule are expected. For more information or to participate, phone 215-843-8811 or  e-mail [email protected]


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