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Welcome to Christian fellowship at First Pres! What a blessing it is to gather in God’s name to explore and celebrate his presence in our lives. Throughout the year we offer many opportunities for you to join your church family in fun events designed to enhance your faith journey. Most of our events are multigenerational, as we have much to learn from each other! Watch for take-home and in-person opportunities.

Check the First Word monthly newsletter and this Events page for future Faith Formation gatherings. Contact Alisa Gibson with questions and suggestions about upcoming events.

When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.”

Matthew 18:19-20

advent at first pres

December 3  –     1st Sunday of Advent  –  Faith Formation @ 9:30am

                                   Special Music in Worship @ 10:30am

                                   1st @ First at 5:00pm in Kirk

December 10  –   2nd Sunday of Advent  –  Faith Formation @ 9:30am

                               Service of Lessons and Carols @ 10:30am

                              Youth Christmas parties

December 17  –   3rd Sunday of Advent  –  Faith Formation @ 9:30am, Worship @ 10:30am

                               Churchwide Christmas Caroling  –  Meet @ 4:00pm in the

                         Welcome Center for cookies and caroling

December 21  –   Longest Night Worship Service @ 5:00pm in Gallant Chapel

December 24  –   Children’s Nativity @ 10:30am Worship

     Christmas Eve Communion & Candlelight Service @ 7pm & 11pm

December 22, 25, 26  –  Church Office and Child Enrichment Center Closed

December 25  –    Merry Christmas!

December 31  –    Breakfast with the Wise Men @ 9:30am in Welcome Center

      Worship @ 10:30am.  2024 Star Words will be available

blessing of the backpacks

On July 30th we prayed for and celebrated our students and teachers during worship as they prepared to begin a new school year. Please continue to remember them all daily! If you chose a Prayer Apple for a specific student or teacher, remember to pray, reach out, and encourage your prayer partner all through the school year. 


Faith Formation Through Travel!

April 2024 – Greece: In the Footsteps of Paul the Apostle

First Pres Travelers are taking a trip to Greece and the surrounding area to journey in Paul’s footsteps and learn more about his preaching, his writing, and his missionary travels. We will be hosting study sessions to prepare for this trip. Watch the complete story of Paul: The Apostle to the Gentiles

This trip is FULL.  Stay tuned for our next opportunity to travel together.

Alisa Gibson

Coordinator of Faith Formation Events

After joining First Pres with her family in 1996, Alisa quickly became involved with the Christian Education department, first as a volunteer, then as a staff member serving as Director of Christian Education and as Coordinator of Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry, and currently Faith Formation Events.

Alisa is the daughter of a Presbyterian minister who spent her childhood summers in the Presbyterian community of Montreat NC. She believes that faith formation is a lifelong journey and values the importance of multigenerational fellowship within the church. Having served as moderator to the Presbyterian Women, church librarian, Sunday school teacher and director of vacation bible school, Alisa knows and loves our church from the inside out!

Fun fact – Alisa, her husband Bill, and their three adult children are all graduates of Clemson University. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, traveling, and especially spending time with family and friends.