Our Church During Covid-19
First Presbyterian desires to actively care for our congregation, community, and world while keeping Jesus at the center of every response to this crisis. This page serves as a resource for staying connected as a faith family, and for serving our city and beyond. It will be updated continually as opportunities evolve.
We will keep you informed via our website, social media accounts, and through our weekly newsletter (1st This Week). If you are not currently signed up to receive the weekly newsletter and would like to do so, please sign up below.
Please join us online for worship on Sundays at 11am. Livestream link below or subscribe to the First Presbyterian YouTube channel. Worship service videos and devotions from the Pastors are available to watch on the First Pres YouTube channel.
Midweek devotion and prayer will be emailed on Wednesdays. (Sign up for 1st This Week to receive)
We would like to connect with you! Please fill out our online connection card.
Zoom Share & Prayer Time
April 12 | 12pm-1pm (following the livestream service)
Join online by clicking: https://zoom.us/j/967974053
Join by phone by dialing: 1-646-558-8656, and entering meeting ID: 967974053
Even when we cannot gather together as a community, we invite you to participate in celebrating this special week with us. We will livestream Holy Week services.
Maundy Thursday | April 9 at 7pm
We plan to celebrate Communion together.
Easter Sunday | April 12 at 11am
Send us your photos (details below).
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Maundy Thursday Communion
- The Pastors will offer the Words of Institution during the service and then invite you at home to then partake of the elements.
- As you know the traditional elements used by the Church are bread and grape juice. All you will need is bread and juice as well. (Any bread can be use and any kind of juice will suffice.)
- Call the church office, 336-723-1621, if you don’t have either and we will make sure you have what you need.
Children’s Ministry Resources
- Children’s Sunday Bulletin is available in pdf form. The children’s bulletin coordinates with the sermon so children can follow along with the sermon live stream! Palm Sunday, April 5 PDF linked here.
- Children’s Sunday School, Death on the Cross lesson printable and video available from Go! Curriculum. April 5 Death on the Cross PDF linked here
- Children’s Family Activities for April 5 Death on the Cross lesson
- Art and Play Activity Guide for kids in Quarantine. Link here.
- Happy Home Fairy | Website link here and Acts of Kindness While Social Distancing
Children’s Ministry Videos:
- Women’s Bible Study | Spring semester (Imagine Jesus) audio is available.
First Pres Lent Spotify | Listen to our Lent playlist on Spotify.
Lent Devotional | Sign up to receive devotions delivered to your inbox. A pdf version (2020 LENT Devo) of the devotional is also available.
We want to be wise in the decisions we make, but simultaneously be bold in our love for one another in serving our communities one person at a time. We are working closely with our mission partners, food pantries, schools and agencies to determine their needs and ways in which the First Pres can help during this time.
Suggestions for loving our community include:
- Write notes to senior adults, call and check in personally, and check in on your neighbors that may be feeling vulnerable.
- Offer to help senior adults or someone who is immune compromised with their errands or pick up groceries.
- Pray for and write notes to front-line health care workers and educators that you know.
Resource Sheet during Covid-19
We have created a resource sheet that lists information sources and ways to help in the community.
Even though we can’t be together, your giving matters. You can continue to give online. Your giving supports the ministries and mission of First Presbyterian.
We have also started a fund for emergency community support. Many parents will not have childcare and may need to step away from work. Many people who work for hourly wages may not be able to work or get paid. We want to be mindful of those who will suffer in these ways — in our congregation and our larger community. If you would like to contribute to this fund, you can do so by check or go online to give. Designate your offering as COVID-19.
Prayer is one of the most powerful ways we can support each other right now. We consider it an honor to pray for you. If you have a request, please fill out our confidential form.
Here are several things you can be praying for
- Healing and recovery for those who are infected and ill. Pray also for those who are most at risk: the elderly and those with ongoing health problems.
- Protection and strength for the front-line health workers involved around the world and wisdom for those creating a vaccine.
- Leaders who are called to address this crisis, medical and government officials would be equipped with wisdom and compassion.
- Educators, as they learn to give online instruction and for parents and students who are learning from home.
- That the fear surrounding this outbreak would be replaced with the peace of God. We pray that as Christ followers we would faithfully love God and our neighbor so that we may point others to a hope and security in Jesus.
- For prison ministry volunteers that are not able to provide support due to the outbreak. Wisdom for the prison board that is discerning how to continue to support inmates and prison staff without being physically present. Pray also for prison inmates and prison workers.
(click on the plus button to view the things to pray for)