A Welcoming Community of Believers
First Presbyterian Church of Fort Smith is people, people committed to God and to each other as members of the body of Christ. We are people of different occupations and interests, of varied economic and social backgrounds. Christ is our common link, uniting us in a fellowship of those who want to grow together in their understanding and practice of Christian faith and life, in loving God and our neighbors.
First Presbyterian is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. It is a church of all ages. Children and Young People are an important part of our church life and have been the focus of recent ministry initiatives. Worship Services are a blend of the traditional and emerging styles both set within the Reformed Tradition.
Our doors are open to all who are seeking a church home, whatever their former affiliations. We have beautiful and well-maintained facilities and a dedicated church staff to assist members in discovering their ministries within the congregation and beyond in the community and the world. We have programs to offer you, but we also provide an opportunity to help shape and implement those programs.
A Believing and Worshiping Community
The Presbyterian Church (USA) states its faith and bears witness to God’s grace in Jesus Christ in the creeds and confessions of the Book of Confessions. In these confessional statements the church declares to its members and to the world: who and what it is; what it believes; and what it resolves to do.
Word and Sacraments
Presbyterians recognize that the Word proclaimed is also affirmed in the two sacraments, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Both sacraments are administered by ministers of Word and Sacrament. Baptism, the sign and seal of God’s grace and our response, is the foundational recognition of Christian inclusion into the household of faith. As such, it may be understood as the basic ordination to Christian service. It is offered to believing adults or their children. The Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion is celebrated monthly at our 9:00 a.m. service and about eight times a year at the 11:00 a.m. service. Ours is an “open table,” open to all baptized believers. Communion is regularly offered to the homebound and may be requested at other times by contacting one of the pastors.