New to FPC

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At first glance, First Presbyterian Church may seem a large, sprawling place. Yes, the campus is large and finding your destination may take a little bit of research, but those new to the church — of every age and every stage of life — will find a caring group of inquiring Christians and a variety of programs that fit the needs of individuals and families.

The pastors, staff and congregation of FPC welcome those new to the church, whether you are visiting for a Sunday worship service or are attending one of the many classes offered here. We want you to feel at home and will do our best to help you find your place at the church.


Finding FPC

Compass_webFirst Presbyterian Church is located at 4815 Franklin Pike in the city of Oak Hill, a satellite city of Nashville. FPC is conveniently situated on the corner of Franklin Pike and Tyne Blvd., near Interstate 65 and minutes away from the cities of Brentwood, Berry Hill, Forest Hills and Belle Meade.

Directions and map


Worship with Us

The heartbeat of First Presbyterian Church’s family is the worship of Almighty God. Traditional worship services are celebrated Sundays at 8:30 and 11:00 A.M. in the Sanctuary. Our contemporary worship service, known as “The 5:30,” is held Sundays in the The Gathering Place at 5:30 P.M.

WorshipWorship is our response to what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Our worship services are rooted in the Reformed tradition, Biblical in shape and substance and centered in the grace of God revealed in Jesus Christ. Sunday mornings, we have choirs for children of all ages and two adult choirs that lead us in singing praise to God in our worship services. The Reverend Dr. Todd Jones or one of our Associate Pastors engage our minds and hearts with the Word from the pulpit. The 5:30 offers contemporary music and engaging Biblical teaching in a warm, relaxed environment in the Enrichment Center from 5:30-6:45 P.M. After the service, participants enjoy dinner together at a nearby restaurant or pitch in for a potluck. While childcare is not provided, children of all ages are welcome.

The basic order of our services remains largely the same each week, yet within that familiar framework there is variety and innovation. Presbyterian worship seeks to express something of the majesty and wonder of God, drawing from 2,000 years of rich traditions of Christian worship and liturgy. Our services, through praise, prayer, song, sermon and sacrament (baptism and communion), seek to worship God with the dignity and reverence due to Him, and yet to do so with the warmth and joy that Jesus Christ brings to life. We trust that you can find a place in the rich and varied worship life of our church family.

Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45 A.M. are bustling with opportunities for all ages to experience God’s Word and the Christian life. We invite you — adults, young adults, youth and children — to join us for Sunday School.


Classes, Groups & Studies

Adult Sunday School

In a large church such as ours, a Sunday School class offers a great opportunity to develop friendships and enjoy Christian community. Our adult Sunday morning program includes a variety of regular classes in a wide range of sizes, formats and content. Leadership is drawn from among church staff, church members and professional guests.

See the descriptions of the adult Sunday School classes at the Adult Sunday School webpage. The link is below. Visitors are always welcome. If you would appreciate assistance on Sunday morning, visit the Welcome Desk in the Ministry Center or the greeters outside Courtenay Hall, ground floor.

InquirersClassWebLogoInquirers’ Class

A 5-week Inquirers’ Class series, led by Associate Pastor Sandra Randleman, is offered for persons interested in uniting with FPC as members, or who wish to learn about the history, beliefs, ministries and mission of FPC and the Presbyterian (USA) denomination. Persons considering membership are encouraged but not required to take the Inquirers’ Class before joining the church. The class is offered four times a year. If you have questions or are interested in the class, contact the Rev. Sandra Randleman at (615-298-9502 or srandleman@fpcnashville.org).

For questions about any of our Adult Education offerings please contact Associate Pastor Stuart Gordon at (sgordon@fpcnashville.org) for assistance.

Adult Sunday School webpage


Young Adult Sunday School

First Presbyterian Church is enthusiastic about ministry for and with young adults. Whether you’re studying or working, single, newly married or starting a family, there’s a place here for you. Young Adults at FPC are engaged in worship, learning, service and fellowship. FPC currently offers four Young Adult Sunday School classes.

Young Adult webpage


Youth Sunday School

We have an amazing group of teenagers and Youth Leaders at First Presbyterian Church. The keystone of our Youth Ministry is found in our emphasis on empowering families and connecting students to an extended Christian family in the church.

All of our youth and youth leaders meet in The Gathering Place at 9:40 A.M. on Sunday morning for praise, prayer, fun and announcements. We then adjourn to grade-level classes for Sunday School with a “home-grown” curriculum, covering everything from the patriarchs to peer pressure. These classes are taught by an energetic team of adults who love Jesus Christ and love kids. Once a month, all youth meet together on Sunday morning for worship, games and a lesson led by staff.

Youth Ministry webpage


Children’s Sunday School

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Sunday School is an important part of our children’s ministry! Each week at 9:45 A.M. we gather for fellowship, fun and learning. Each Sunday School class is a caring community that does Bible study, prayer, worship, mission, service and many other Christian practices together.

Children meet in their peer-groups, based on their age by August 15th. Our 4th, 5th and 6th grade groups operate with a small-group model, to build deeper relationships and community on Sunday mornings.

See our Life Stages main page for more information about each age group. You can also visit the News page for a list of age-level blogs, containing special announcements, stories and upcoming events.

See you on Sunday!

Children’s Sunday School webpage


Nursery

Our Nursery provides a safe, nurturing environment for your child. Nursery is provided 8:15 A.M.-12:15 P.M. on Sundays and 5:45-7:30 P.M. on Wednesdays, as well as during most special worship services and many church events. Our dedicated nursery staff realizes that you are allowing us to care for your greatest treasure and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve you. We wish to provide your children with an atmosphere of comfort and security while they are in the care of the nursery staff. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nursery Coordinator Karen Fitts at (298-9519 or kfitts@fpcnashville.org).

Nursery webpage


Mid-Week at FPC

The earliest church, as Luke summarizes it, not only studied together, but built friendships, ate together, and worshiped together.

Practically every day of the week, some group is meeting in the morning or evening or at lunch time for prayer and study. All groups welcome newcomers.

Search the list of weekday groups for a group that might be right for you.

The congregation gathers on Wednesday evenings from early September through early May. Wednesdays are not just for classes, which include Bible and Christian beliefs, as well as interesting electives. In addition, we feature an adult computer class, groups for support through grief and divorce, and fellowship groups. Children enjoy music and spiritual formation activities; nursery care is available for children age 3 and younger.

Wednesdays begin with a buffet-style meal together in Courtenay Hall at 5:00 P.M. Classes and events for all ages are 6:00 P.M.

Wednesday Nights webpage


Are You Looking for a Church Home?

ChurchExteriorFirst Presbyterian Church extends a warm welcome in the name of Christ to all who worship with us. As you become a member of FPC, it is our hope that you will grow in your faith and support the church to the best of your ability. Please speak to one of the pastors about your desire to join FPC. They are available to talk with you following any worship service, or you may contact any of the pastors by phone (615-383-1815).

Before joining the church, you meet with the session (church elders and pastors) and answer the questions of membership. You can join by profession of faith and baptism, profession of faith (if previously baptized), transfer of certificate or reaffirmation of faith. Please contact the Rev. Sandra Randleman at (615-298-9502 or srandleman@fpcnashville.org) with any questions concerning joining First Presbyterian Church.

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