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"As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord,  continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." (Colossians 2:6)  


 First Presbyterian is Celebrating 500 years of the Reformation

From 1517 - 2017
A Short History of the Reformation - Jan. 29 thru May 2017
Sunday monings from 9:45 to 10:45 in Room 103

Martin LutherThis class will help to give you some background of the Protestant and Reformed traditions and how they originated.  Some of the topics will be:       

  • Why was there a split from the Roman Catholic church? 
  • What were some of the main events? 
  • Who were the leaders of the movement and what were they teaching?
  • How did music, worship, and theology change during the Reformation? 


 Sabbath in the Suburbs, by Rev. Mary Ann McKibben-Dana

 will be our Lenten Study guide for 2017

Sabbath in the SuburbsWhen:  Tuesday evenings March 7 - April 11, 2017;  from 7:30 to 9:00 pm in the Church Parlor and Sunday March 12 at 9:45 am the author will speak about her family's regular observance of sabbath time.

Lent is often a season when Christians take additional time to reflect, study, and learn more about Scripture and how God's spirit is active in our lives.  One of God's commandments was to rest, take a break from daily work, and keep the Sabbath every seven days.  This year, we are planning a Lenten study that will help you find a way do this and truly experience "Sabbath Time" on a regular basis for yourself, within your family, or with a group of friends.  Please join us during Lent as we take this time to learn and reflect and then see how each of us might make this work in our own lives.  


Some of the classes we've held recently in the Adult Education Program were:

  • The Belhar Confession - We learned about the background and the content of this, the newest Confession adopted by the Presbyterian Church in the USA.
  • Faith and Citizenship - We read and discussed scriptures relevant to government; heard some insiders’ views of government workings; and discussed prohibitions of a “state religion” and the right to free exercise of religion. 
  • Facing Racism - We discussed the various Biblical bases for ending racism; delved into some social and church history and current events, and looked at ways we can respond to this issue as a community of faith.
  • Introducing the Reformed Faith - We studied some of the major Christian doctrines and learned how we in the Reformed Tradition have interpreted these doctrines in light of our perspective and understanding.
  • Stewards of God’s Creation – We investigated the Biblical basis for stewardship of the earth and learned about the ways we can respond, faithfully, to the variety of environmental issues facing our world.
  • The Life of (King) David - We studied the scriptures related to his life and how he was important in both the Jewish and Christian religious traditions.

First Presbyterian Church is a Sponsor of The Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington

FPC Website images clipart2In 2013, First Presbyterian Church became a sponsoring member of the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington (RI). The RI is an organization that was established in 2003 "to promote understanding and awareness of the Reformed Tradition among the staff and members of Presbyterian churches located in the Washington area."  Its purpose is to help the churches in this presbytery live up to one of the basic principles of the Reformed Tradition – to ensure an educated laity. 

FPC Arlington has already benefitted from some of the RI programs – the Confirmation Retreat, many of its classes, the annual convocation, and its Company of Teachers. As a sponsoring church of the Reformed Institute, First Presbyterian members are invited to participate in their annual colloquy, an in-depth adult education opportunity on severals week-ends during the school year.  RI also offers shorter, one day or short series adult education formats during the year for sponsoring church members. 

One member of our staff and a member of our congregation serve on the Board of Directors.  As members of the Board of Directors, we are involved in determining the programs that are offered, development activities, staffing decisions, etc.  We are expected to actively support the programs of the Institute by encouraging our members, friends, and community to participate in their offerings, and to take the things we learn and put them to use in our own congregation. For more information on the Reformed Institute, visit their website at: www.reformedinstitute.org

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Children's and Youth Ministry

Take a few moments to check out a PHOTO SLIDESHOW of the Summer 2014 Youth and Middle School Mission Trip. Five middle and high school girls were ready for a mission adventure. The experience depended their faith, broadened their perspective as compared to their own lives, opened their hearts and the girls were inspired by volunteers that were committed to making a difference.

At First Church, we partner with families to guide and nurture children and youth, providing plenty of ways to encourage kids to know and follow Jesus Christ and be faithful members of his church. Learn how we approach spiritual development of children and youth at Children's Ministry and Youth Ministry.