News from the 211th General Assembly

The General Assembly of the PCUSA met over eight days in Detroit to worship, pray, and to give thanks to God from whom all blessings flow. The commissioners and invited guests also met to consider overtures from across the nation, reflect, and vote on policy changes and new mission directions for the denomination in the years to come.

Elder Dick Hasbany was one of the commissioners from the Presbytery of Southern New England. In addition to Dick, church member Margaret Fox, and YDS Intern Jackie Spycher were also in attendance.

The assembly was life changing for so many, and it was difficult and wonderful and challenging too.… Continue

A Pastoral Letter from That All May Freely Serve

Below is a letter to all the churches who support the work of That All May Freely Serve and their independent affiliate organizations. First Presbyterian Church of New Haven is a founding member of one of their affiliates, Presbyterian Promise. Presbyterian Promise was organized to work for the full inclusion of our LGBTQI friends in Christ. For many years, the First Presbyterian Church Session sent overtures to the Presbytery for their vote. These overtures focused first on removing the ban on ordination for LGBTQ people. In 2010, that ban was removed. Since that time the Session has sent overtures to address the issue of marriage equality.… Continue

Christian Education News: Meet Kimberley Fais, Director of Christian Education for Children and Youth


Kimberly Fais

Kimberley Fais

First Presbyterian Church of New Haven will welcome a new Director of Christian Education for Children and Youth in August. Kimberley Fais, a recent graduate of Drew Theological School, will arrive in New Haven to lead our children and youth. Kimberley is excited to serve as FPC’s Director of Christian Education for Children and Youth. She has worked with children, teens, and adults of all ages and particularly enjoys intergenerational ministry. She aims to equip adults and children to communicate and learn together, and she encourages Christians of all ages to see spiritual formation on a continuum, a lifelong course to be journeyed rather than a course from which we graduate.… Continue