Your First Visit… 2018-05-29T13:36:21+00:00

Your First Visit…

A letter from the Pastor


For nearly 200 years, First Presbyterian Church in Charleston has served Christ by serving our community, state and beyond. We’ve helped found and sustain more than 50 community ministries that feed the hungry, house the homeless, protect the vulnerable and encourage the lost among us. Our call reaches far beyond programs and activities to share the relentless love of Jesus Christ with every person we encounter. We gather to explore, celebrate and grow in our relationships with God and one another as we seek to live more authentically. Whether your interests and gifts are in music, education, service, mission or community building, we have something here for you. We hope you’ll come and explore the ways God can work through you here! Whether you’re a lifelong member or a first time visitor, everyone who walks through the door at First Presby is family.


Bill McCoy

Welcome to First Presby!

Visiting a church for the first time can be intimidating. Will I fit in? Is this a place where I can connect with God?

At First Presby, EVERYONE is welcome!  We want your experience  to be as friendly and inviting as possible.

To help you get acquainted with the church, we encourage you to meet our Director of Membership & Outreach, Amberlee Elmore, at the front door on Virginia Street at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday morning. She will give you a quick tour, offer information about the church and activities and introduce you to a few people to make you feel at home. Please come join us!

What should I wear?

Many times people feel pressured to dress a certain way when attending church. Here at First Presby, there is no dress code! From casual to Sunday best, we encourage you to come as you in whatever makes you comfortable.

What about Children?

Children are always welcome in worship at First Presby! Each Sunday, we have time with “young disciples” where children are invited to come to the front of the sanctuary for a special message prepared just for them. We also offer childcare during worship for infants (room 108) and toddlers (room 112). During the school year, we offer a Wednesday night program called LOGOS that allows children to fellowship and grow in their faith through Bible study, worship, recreation and a shared meal.

Do you need prayer?

There are several ways to request prayer.  1) You may call the church office and ask to be placed on our Prayer List.  This list is included in our monthly newsletter, mentioned during worship service, and reviewed during weekly church meetings.  The staff and deacons will also pray for you.  2) You may also write your request on an “I Wish” card found in the pews.  These can be placed in the offering plate when completed.  3) For those in need of God’s healing grace, we offer a Service of Healing the last Sunday of each month in our Chapel following worship.

Amberlee Elmore

Director of Membership & Outreach
304-343-8961 x117