601 N. Vermont St. Arlington, VA 22203


"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)  


aka Bible Horror Stories 

October 20 to November 24, 2019

                        9:45 - 10:45 am,  Room 103abraham and Isaac Color

Sometimes we hear or read Bible passages that are hard for us to interpret. They may be violent, they may portray an ethic that doesn’t seem “Christian” to us, or the rules are just too hard to follow. They may not seem like they should even be in the Bible, but there they are. Why? How do we interpret them? Do they still speak to us today? For this six-week series we will be reading and discussing some of these passages.

Pastor Bryan, Rev. Madeline Jervis, and other leaders will help us understand these Scriptures better.


December 8, 2019  is the Alternative Gift Market at First Presbyterian.  Adult class will not meet that day.  We will be supporting the many people, families, and missions  served through this gift market.



 December 15 and 22, 2019

   9:45 - 10:45 am,  Room 103 

The Adult Class will follow the season of Advent through a variety of artistic expression.  Paintings or visual arts, music, and poetry will be used as ways to help give us an understanding of the "waiting" in this season.  Please join us any Sunday.


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

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In 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 benefitted from many 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 all of the RI adult education programs.  RI offers half-day, 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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Join us for worship on Sundays at 8:30am with weekly Communion, and 11am with Chancel Choir, Children's Choir, Handbells, and Communion on the first Sunday of the month. 

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Children's and Youth Ministry

Children’s and Youth Ministry

We are thrilled to welcome Cali Bronkema as our new Director of Children's and Youth Ministry! Cali will be with us beginning on Sunday, September 8, 2019. Children's/Youth Choir will resume on Sunday, September 15 from 9:30am-10am upstairs in the Rally Room.

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.