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First Presbyterian Church is a Christian community defined by our adherence to God’s Word and dependence on the Holy Spirit. We believe Word & Spirit were the basis for the church’s formation on the day of Pentecost and, therefore, should be our foundation as well. Thus, our guiding documents, which consist of our beliefs, mission, confessions, and core values are reflective of the premium we place on scriptural authority and the Spirit’s empowering presence in our lives. Furthermore, our aim is to align our behavior with the intentions expressed by these documents. We acknowledge such an ideal is impossible without God’s help. Yet, as our behaviors align with our intentions, we fulfill our desire to become passionately devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and our sole authority for faith and practice.
We believe the criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is through Jesus Christ.
We believe in the unity and trinity of God, eternally existing in three equal persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the full deity and humanity of Jesus Christ.
We believe in the sinfulness of all persons. One result of sin is shattered relationships with God, self, and others.
We believe that eternal salvation and restored relationships are uniquely possible through faith in Jesus Christ who died for us, was raised by God from the dead, and is coming again. This salvation is offered to all people.
We believe in the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation and in the renewing presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer and the church.
We believe in the equality and essential dignity of men and women of all races and classes, recognizing that all are made in the image of God. We believe both men and women are divinely gifted and called to develop and use their God-given gifts for the good of the church and society.
To know Christ (Phil. 3:10 ) and make Him known (Col. 1:28).
OUR CORE VALUES
A PASSION FOR JESUS CHRIST
Foremost in the life of our church is a passion for Jesus Christ manifested by an adherence to God’s Word and a dependence on the Holy Spirit’s empowering presence. (John 14:23-26)
WITNESSING TO THE GOOD NEWS
Flowing out of God’s love for the world is our commitment to lovingly witness the good news of Jesus Christ to our family, friends and other seekers. (John. 3:16-17)
We value as essential establishing and nurturing a Christian community united in love for Jesus Christ and one another. (John 13:34-35)
We are dedicated to helping Christians become passionate in their devotion to the person, mission, and lifestyle of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:16-20)
THE MINISTRY OF GRACE
Having received and benefited from God’s unconditional love, our desire is to minister His grace to others. (Ephesians 2:1-10)
We believe that showing love in tangible, practical ways for the neediest in the community is essential for true discipleship (Matthew 25:31-46).
221 Court Street Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
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How should I dress?
Comfortably! We are more concerned with meeting you than with what you wear. Most folks dress casually, so please come as you are.
What about my children?
We provide childcare with Bible teaching during our worship services for our preschoolers. We provide a time for Young Disciples in the service to address their unique needs.
The Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Nearly as old as Portsmouth itself, First Presbyterian Church has been serving God and the community for over 200 years. Beginning with a few dedicated Presbyterians meeting informally in each others' homes from the time of the platting of Portsmouth in 1803, the group shared the first courthouse built in 1816 on Front and Market streets with early Methodists and Episcopalians for preaching services.
From hiding runaway enslaved persons on the Underground Railroad to cleaning up after the floods to providing leadership in church and community and caring for those in need — the stories, known and unknown, of the numerous members, friends, pastors, elders, deacons, choir members, missionaries and Sunday School teachers, who have called First Presbyterian their church home echo from the past, urging us to uphold their legacy of Christian faith in our time. We are a diverse group of believers - bankers, musicians, lawyers, teachers, social workers, public servants, and business owners - all united by our shared faith with our loving God.
What are the services like?
Our heart at First Presbyterian is to reach people and build community. Our worship service is thus planned around connecting people to God and to each other. We pray, we sing, we confess our sins together and we hear God’s Word (and how to apply it today). We celebrate Holy Communion on a monthly basis. Our services are normally under 60 minutes.
What is the teaching like?
Pastor Bruce communicates with an honest and personal style. Each Sunday you'll find his messages are Bible-based, offering practical life guidance rich in wisdom and humor, yet easy to understand. Whether you've been following Christ for some time or are curious about what a relationship with God looks like, you'll find his messages inspiring.
What kind of music can I expect?
Our worship services contain music from traditional hymns to contemporary songs and from various other styles as well. We hope that you will find that you can worship God in Spirit and in Truth with us.
1. Make a joyful noise.
Sing with our choir, First Pres Choir
2. Be a greeter or usher
This is a great way to get to know other members.
3.Behind the scenes
Join our technical, grounds or kitchen crews, food pantry shoppers.