The First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City has been on the corner of Floral Avenue since 1892, starting as the Floral Avenue Sunday School, and eventually incorporating the First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City in 1918. First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City is a member of Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), although worship styles can vary greatly from church to church.
First Pres JC invites you to join them for Sunday Worship at 10am. Our worship service is neither strictly traditional or strictly contemporary, but more of a blended service. Most Sunday’s include our choir and of course the beautiful pipe organ. We sing some traditional hymns, but have some contemporary ones as well. Soloists will often lead worship with beautiful traditional and contemporary songs.
First Pres JC is so much more than just Sunday morning worship. On Wednesdays beginning at 5:30 pm, we serve a light supper and then have a bible study and worship service. This smaller group is a great opportunity to begin studying the bible in an environment where you can ask questions and dig a little more deeply into the word. We encourage you to come on any Wednesday, don’t worry, no prior religious education is needed.
Beyond worship services and bible study, First Pres JC offers several different small groups. On Tuesday evenings the quilting group meets in the chapel. Ever want to learn how to quilt? This is a great way to start! You are welcome to bring your own project, or help with one already in progress. Some healing blankets from this group have made it around the country and around the world, going as far as Kenya. On Thursday evenings the choir rehearses in the sanctuary. All are welcome to attend and no prior musical training is needed. If you can’t read music, that’s ok! Glenna and the rest of the choir will be happy to help. The choir sings most Sundays during the year and also presents a Cantata at Christmas as well as Easter.
First Pres JC has several different opportunities for youth in the community. On Sundays during church, we present ‘Children’s Church’. This takes place during the church service in the parlor right next to the Sanctuary. After the children’s chat, the pastor will dismiss the children to Children’s Church where they will learn a story from the bible along with a corresponding activity. Children’s Church ends right when the worship service ends, so you child can rejoin you in the sanctuary. Children’s Church is designed for children in grades K-5.
For our older children, the First Pres JC youth group meets on Sunday evenings from 6-8pm and is for students in grades 6-12. Depending on the number of students, the students may break up into high school and middle school groups. In addition to Sunday meetings where youth play games and get fellowship time with their piers, the youth group will occasionally take trips both locally and not so locally for mission and retreat. Past youth groups have been to conventions throughout the region, and participated in mission trips spreading from the upstate NY region to the gulf states of the US, to as far away Kenya. For more information about youth group, you can call the church at 797-0836.