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First Presbyterian Church is a Christian community dedicated to following Jesus Christ through just and compassionate ministries.

We warmly welcome the full diversity of God’s family in all our races, genders, sexual orientations, ages, nationalities, ethnicities, economic situations, and abilities.

We purposefully live out our faith as individuals and as active members of a community by loving God and loving our neighbor – and we hope you will participate fully in the life of our church.

  • Sing in the choir, usher or serve as a liturgist during worship – contact
  • Serve a meal at Columbus House for food insecure members of our community, and join in other opportunities to love our neighbors – contact
  • Join our adult education on Sunday mornings, our midweek Bible study, or one of our book groups – contact
  • Join us on the third Thursday of the month for dinner and fellowship at the Manse – dinner starts at 6:30pm.
  • Connect with other parents of young children in our Play & Pray group – contact
  • Join our youth group for 7th – 12th graders, in partnership with other local progressive Christian churches – contact
  • And for pastoral care needs, contact Pastor JC at
  • And to learn more about all these things and more, check the drop-down list on the menu above to learn more about the ways you can participate!

Many of you have been engaged in the life of First Pres in the past and are looking to reconnect after so much time apart. Others of you are newer to our First Pres community and are looking for ways to engage in the life of the church for the first time. However long you have been with us, you are enthusiastically encouraged to get involved! In fact, your presence and participation is not only wanted, but needed.

Below you will find descriptions of the different opportunities to get involved this summer, fall, and throughout the year. Please read through them carefully and listen for where the Spirit is calling you to engage more deeply in the life of our church. And please note: you can sign up for more than one!

Be a Youth Leader for Youth Group

Partnering with area churches, First Pres is committed to collaborative youth ministry, sharing in a spirit of ecumenism and common goals.
Our youth have the opportunity to join with progressive Christian youth throughout the New Haven area in fellowship and ministry, but they need your presence too.

The OASIS Multi-Church Youth Group employs two staff members who will take the lead on programming. You can support the staff by being present for gatherings, helping to facilitate programming when possible, and building relationships with our youth. If you are interested in making a difference in a young person’s life – in being a friend, a mentor, a trusted adult to turn to, a faithful companion for the journey – please consider volunteering to be a youth leader.

Time Commitment: Attend Youth Group on Sunday evenings September – May (academic calendar). Possibly a weekend retreat.

To learn more or to sign up, click the button below!

Working Group: Contemporary Worship

Contemporary worship is often associated with conservative Christian theology, and that is certainly true in the greater New Haven area.

Uniquely, First Pres could provide a contemporary worship experience with a progressive theology. Beyond the 60 percent of our existing church family that is interested, who else might that reach in our wider community?

Working Group members will be asked to thoughtfully study what it would take for First Pres to launch and sustain a contemporary worship service in addition to our traditional service.

Time Commitment: Monthly meetings beginning in September and possible research time between meetings. Meetings can be in person or on Zoom depending on the needs of the group members.

To learn more or to sign up, click the button below!

Working Group: Stewardship

Thanks be to God, your generosity makes a difference for our church finances. And, as we enter into the next chapter of life as a
congregation, it is important that we continue to ensure the well-being of our church as a place for God’s children to gather and serve. If you are interested in caring for our congregation by creating sustainable and meaningful ways for members to practice generosity, please consider joining the Working Group on Stewardship.

Time Commitment: Monthly meetings beginning in August; potential for assignments of research or writing between meetings. Meetings can be in person or on Zoom depending on the needs of the group members.

To learn more or to sign up, click the button below!

Standing Committees

Throughout the pandemic, some of our committees continued to work – and they can always use your help!

If have a heart for social justice and you’re interested in keeping our congregation engaged in the work of justice and peace, please consider joining the Social Justice Committee. Contact Rebecca for more information.

If you’re savvy about staffing or feel called to ensure the well-being of our church staff, please  consider joining the Personnel Committee. Contact Beth Aura for more information.

If you’re interested in architecture, sustainable building practices, or just learning the ins and outs of our beautiful property from some master engineers, consider joining the Property Committee. Contact Arthur for more information.

If you’re interested in learning more about budgets, managing how the church spends its money, or sustaining the financial health of our church, please consider joining the Finance Committee. Contact Tim for more information.

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