We joyfully welcome you to our home!
We would love to see you! We hope you are intrigued by what you see as you explore our web pages and believe that First Presbyterian Church could be a place for you to…
- Worship and pray
- Meet new friends
- Learn through Sunday school and other educational opportunities
- Find activities that interest you
So…you are excited to learn more! Then take the first step!
Feel free to choose what is most comfortable for you.
You may want to simply worship with us for several Sundays, trying both our traditional and contemporary services to find out what is the best fit for you.
You may want to ask a greeter or pastor to arrange an informal walk-around tour of the church and its facilities, before or after church, or you can call the church office at 843-8041 to make arrangements to do this during the week.
You may want to stop in sometime during the week when you can have a longer conversation with one or more of the pastors, to explore whatever is of interest to you. Just call the church office at 843-8041 to arrange a visit.
You will never be subjected to a “hard sell” at any point. We are, however, excited about our church, and want you to know more about us! We want you to know what this community means to members of the congregation in order to help you decide if our community of faith is for you.
Here’s a little more information that may help you make your visit more comfortable
You can find us in downtown York on the corner of Queen and East Market Streets across from the Martin Memorial Public Library. Entrance to the parking areas can be made from either East Market St. or from East Philadelphia St. Click here for directions.
Where to Park
Parking is available behind the Church with overflow parking in the Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff lot on the corner of King and Queen Streets. Handicapped parking is available adjacent to the church entrance. The location of our parking lots can also be found on the parking map.
As you enter the sanctuary area, you will see some people waiting to meet you. These are our Ushers and Greeters. An usher will give you a bulletin, and assist you with finding a seat if you like. There is no reserved seating, so you may sit wherever you wish. Occasionally, we may mark off a few pews for a special event, but other than that, sit where you are most comfortable. We won’t ask you to wear a visitor’s name tag or stand up, but you will most likely be greeted by a number of people. We would ask you to sign the Fellowship Pad located in each pew. It helps us get to know you.
Mobility Impaired People
Mobility impaired people may enter through the side entrance between the Chapel and the main building. An elevator is available just inside the door. A ramp is available for entrance to the Sanctuary. A wheelchair-accessible bathroom is available. Handicapped Parking is available adjacent to the Church entrance.
Finding your way around in the church
Our church consists of several buildings and getting around can be a bit confusing. There are several different floors and half floors. So, please, ask anyone for help or direction to our Hospitality Desk located in the Gathering Place. If that person isn’t able to help, they will find someone who can. Click here for a map of our building.
Sundays at FPC
Worship Services are held each Sunday in the Chapel at 8:30 a.m. and in the Sanctuary at 10:45 a.m. Our services last approximately an hour or less. Our Christian Educational Programs are a great way to get to know people and to have personal spiritual growth. We have a full range of children’s, youth, and adult classes. The adult classes are based on different areas of study; we don’t segregate by age, sex or marital status, making for very interesting classes. One of FPC’s strengths is our diversity, and you’ll see this in the Sunday School. Our Sunday School Classes begin each Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Children at the Worship Service
Each Sunday, during the service, we have a Prayer and Blessing for children, which gives the children a special time of their own to come down front. If you have children, they are invited to participate. Some parents come down with their young children. Following the Prayer and Blessing, children grades K-2 may attend Sermon Time for children. Children are returned to the Sanctuary prior to the end of the service.
Passing of the Peace
One of the first things that happens each Sunday is announcements by one of the pastors and the “Passing of the Peace”. If you feel comfortable doing so, please feel free to leave your seat and greet people. If not, that is fine, we’ll come to you. This is a nice time to meet a few people and know that you are welcome as one of God’s children.
Order of Service
The order of service is printed in the bulletin. Some items may show just a page number (e.g., Gloria Patri p. 579). This should help if you don’t know these creeds and prayers by memory, or know them in a different way. Also, in the Lord’s Prayer, Presbyterians say “debts” & “debtors” rather than “trespasses” and “those who trespass against us”.
Large Print Hymnals and Bulletins
We have large print hymnals and bulletins available at both entrances to the sanctuary for those who need them. If you desire a headset to help you with hearing the service, please let an usher know and he or she will get one for you. Please return the headsets to the church office or an usher following the service.
Want to check us out without actually visiting?
Feel free to call us at (717) 843-8041 and ask for any information you would need. No obligation, of course. Also, continue browsing our website to learn more about us.