Reflections: On Being a Visitor at 1st Pres, Downtown Fort Smith

I recently, amazingly, thankfully found myself as a visitor at First Presbyterian Church by way of learning that Jesus Feminist author/blogger/speaker Sarah Bessey was scheduled to speak as part of the King Speaker Series.  Post her visit, I have found my Sunday’s including worship at the church because:

  • I have been lovingly and sincerely welcomed not just once or twice, but each and every week I have attended;
  • I have been consistently provoked to consider contemporary messages crafted and shared by Pastors Phillip and Tasha that sustain me through each week and entice me to return for more;
  • I have been emotionally moved by the beautiful words spoken by Pastor Tasha as she blessed the most recent communion service. Her words felt like a spiritual embrace of all—rich in grace and mercy;
  • I have been intrigued as I have observed the church to have a growth mindset attitude, including programming like the King Speaker Series, book clubs to discuss some of my very favorite books, and missions based on a “Toxic Charities” philosophy, just to name a few.

First Presbyterian Church continues to be part of my journey because I am amazed, encouraged, heartened by what I have found there—that in this world of conflict and strife and judgment there still exists a safe place, where real people come together to love, and think, and worship authentically.

-Sydney Brooks