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  • holyweek23 | Firstpres

    Join us as we pray for a moving, God-glorifying Holy Week as we kick it off with Palm Sunday on April 2. Invite someone to be your guest as we honor and celebrate the Risen King Jesus! Our 4Amarillo Maundy Thursday service will be held at Polk Street United Methodist church this. year. Our very own Rev. Dr. Howard Griffin will be preaching. We hope to see you there! Good Friday is April 7 this year, and our service of diminishing lights begins at 8 p.m. in our Sanctuary. Make plans to attend this powerful Tenebrae service. The music joins with the spoken word to create an atmosphere that moves from subdued passion into dramatic, dark climax. This service provides a vivid contrast to the exuberance and joy of Easter Sunday and helps us understand what Christ sacrificed for us. Donate Families are invited on a journey through six stations throughout the church that tell the Easter story. We will start in the Parlor and then head into the Kids' Wing for Station #1. This is a great opportunity to invite your family and friends to church with you. Look for invitation cards for this event to give to your people at the Kids' Wing check-in desk. Church members are WELCOME to join in! We have three services on Easter Sunday. We encourage our members and regular attenders to come to one of our Traditional services in the Sanctuary, if possible, so that there will be plenty of room for more guests at 11:05, which tends to fill up fast.

  • WORSHIP SERVICES | Firstpres

    WORSHIP SERVICES Home / Worship Services We have the same message preached at all three services, but three unique styles of worship music to choose from... 8:30 a.m. Gospel Service in our Sanctuary 10:55 a.m. Traditional Service in our Sanctuary 11:05 a.m. Contemporary Service in our Fellowship Center FPC All Services from Jake Schroeder on Vimeo . WORSHIP SERVICES Reformed Traditional Contemporary Gospel OTHER INTERESTS Studies and Groups Worship Grow Connect Serve

  • HOME | Firstpres

    We're open Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. - noon. Join us as we worship together We'd be thrilled to have you as our guest at any of our worship services or events throughout the week. Wherever you are in life, there is a place for you here. Gospel Worship Sunday // 8:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary Traditional Worship Sunday // 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary 1105 Contemporary Worship Sunday // 11:05 a.m. in the Fellowship Center (downstairs) What we’re about . . . Our mission statement is . . ."to discover and live the way of Christ in the expansive grace of God." We do that by living out these Core Four Strategies: WORSHIP, GROW, CONNECT, SERVE. These four standards are the tangible ways we carry out this mission statement to our Amarillo community and the world. Click on the banners below to find out more.

  • Women | Firstpres

    WOMEN Home / Ministries / Adults / Women Register Here for IF:2023 Who needs inspiration and connection? IF:2023 is a chance to gather with women from all 50 states and 36 countries to hear some of the world's most dynamic Christian authors and speakers. For our local IF:2023, we have curated our favorite speakers and sessions for you! On Saturday, April 1, we will gather at the A&O House to watch selected sessions, have more time for small group discussions, lunch, and just to enjoy being together and getting to know each other! All women of First Pres and friends are welcome!! Feel free to come and go. Snacks and Lunch provided. Sign up here . Cost is $10. Scholarships are available on request Questions? Contact Emily Wood 806.418.0404 or ADULTS Women Singles Men Senior Adults Family & Adult OTHER INTERESTS Studies and Groups Worship Grow Connect Serve BIBLE STUDIES, PRAYER & SMALL GROUPS FOR WOMEN To check out these groups, keep scrolling! To get more info or register for Women's Bible Studies: Contact Emily Wood with questions 806-418-0404 Contact one of the study leaders listed before attending. Pay online for books ordered through the church, click here . ​​ Encounter with God Mondays @ 5:30 p.m. (ongoing) Led by Virginia Sicola, 353-6204 Meeting via Zoom: Click here for Zoom link, Meeting ID: 549 919 0602, PW: 5aBNCT or call 1-346-248-7799-same ID- PW: 556573 ​ ​​​​Mid-day Studies for Working Women "Boundaries" by Cloud & Townsend Tuesdays @ 12:00 p.m. (ongoing) Meeting via Zoom (contact leader for Zoom info ) Led by Jill Goodrich, 679-5015 ​ ​​​​Evening Study Group for Working Women "Transitioning to Parenting Adult Children" ​Tuesdays @ 6:00 p.m. (call leaders for location), Led by Robin Terry, 806-433-7005 & Denise Simpson, 681-7541. ​ ​​​Partners in Prayer Wednesdays @ 9:30 a.m., First Pres Chapel Led by Michal-ann Bell, 570-5244 & Emily Wood, 418-0404 - All are welcome! ​ ​​Community Bible Study: Red Sea to the Jordan River Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m. Register online at Questions? Call Linda Warrick, 236-3600 ​ PopN4Prayer (Pop in for Prayer) Wednesdays 11:15 am - 12:45 pm, Come & Go 4108 Paramount Blvd, 477-8241 Led by Rita Morrow, Sherrie Lovato, Tanya Sluder, Tamala Gurevitch & Sarah Williamson Childcare available with advance reservations. ​ "How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People" by Pete Greig Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m., Room 202 at church Led by Elisa Maher, 433-4180 & Emily Wood, 418-0404 Childcare available with advance reservations. "Chasing Vines: Finding Your Way to an Immensely Fruitful Life" by Beth Moore Thursdays @ 11:45 a.m., Room 206 at church Led by Tracie Brooks, 679-2658 Talk.Pray.Know Thursdays @ 6:30 p.m., Yellow City Grind Coffee House- 4410 Bell Street (ongoing) Led by Denise Carter, 279-0462 Bible Recap - Study through the Bible in a year Fridays @ 11:00 a.m., Room 202, join us at any time! Led by Vicki Keister, 433-5781, & Julie McCracken, 676-3540 Contact leaders with questions. ​ Study on Resurrection of Christ Saturdays @ 9 am La Tour 2028 S. Austin, Led by Holly Haines (949) 939-0094 What is CONNECT Mentoring Ministry? It is a ministry of love. Committed older Godly women from First Presbyterian Church who desire to connect with younger women in prayerfully matched pairs will establish one-on-one relationships as they walk together through life in Christ. These pairs will meet regularly to discover spiritual gifts, share accomplishments, joys, frustrations, failures, and fellowship. The wisdom and Biblical legacies the mentors have will demonstrate to the younger women how to know God more intimately, to establish a lifestyle that includes Jesus, and to build a legacy founded on Christ. Connecting with one another now will build Christ-centered legacies that will bless families and the church today as well as the generations of tomorrow. If this ministry is one you would like to be a part of, please email Emily at or call Joyce in the church office. ​ IF:Table meets each month on the 2nd Tuesday , 5:30 - 7:30 pm . Upcoming meeting Tuesday, April 11 th Groups meet at various sites in Amarillo. For more info on sites, call or text Emily, 418-0404. ​ Emails from Emily ​ God is Patient! - Jan 13 click here ​ God is Kind! - May 5 click here God is First! - Aug 15 click here ​ An Act of Kindness - Oct 14 click here ​ Praise God & 12-13 invite Nov 17 - click here ​ ​​ First Pres Women's Leadership Click here . (If you need contact info for any of these women, please call Joyce in the church office to set up a password for access to the online directory.) To order and pay for your 2022-2023 Women's Yearbook, click here . ******************************************* Join a Women's Circle HEY LADIES -- WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WOMEN'S CIRCLES? Click here Bible Studies & Resources for Women from Emily Wood I know this is not as good as sitting together around a table looking at each other’s beautiful smiling faces; however, God has given us technology and podcasts and apps, and below are some ways to take advantage of it! Please look over the list below of online opportunities and study resources. Contact Emily at 350-5218 for questions and to give feedback. -- A great Bible study resource from Jennie Allen is the IF:Gathering website. Various Bible studies - click here . -- Proverbs 31 Ministries , run by Lysa Terkeurst (click here ), includes all kinds of resources, including the First Five Daily Bible Study app (click here ). Both are highly recommended by Shauneen Hatfield and other women in our church. -- The Bible Recap (click here ) is recommended by Shelley Chaloupka & Vicki Keister. Vicki says "I have for two years now read the Bible through and listened to the podcast. I think it would be amazing for others to know about it." You can find The Bible Recap plan on the YouVersion Bible app many of us already have on our phones (click here ). You can also subscribe to The Bible Recap podcast. This is a great way to get into the Word of God! ​ -- Study Gateway (click here ) is recommended by Laurie Pinkston. It includes access to more than 2,500 video Bible studies from all our favorite teachers. You can get a free trial on this site to check it out. Please let me know if you are interested in this, and we can purchase a church account to share with all of you! Several of the studies have been mentioned in our women’s testimony videos: Lezly Welch recommends: It's Not Supposed to be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst. Shelley Chaloupka recommends: The Rock, The Road and The Rabbi by Kathie Lee Gifford -- ChurchSource (click here ) is another great resource. -- Lifeway Women’s Online Bible Studies (click here ). There are all kinds of resources here, including studies from Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer and more. ​ ​ First Presbyterian Women We are… a place to belong, to be nurtured in your faith and to use your talents to build Christ's Kingdom! First Presbyterian Church offers anointed worship, passionate Bible studies and opportunities for fellowship with a body of believers! We invite you to join us as we work together to create a current, relevant, Bible-based, mission-minded environment where women of all ages and backgrounds come together to drink from the well of living water that may only be found through Christ Jesus! Child care may be available with advance reservations. To check for availability and make reservations, please email Debbie or call her at 373-4242. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Please give as much advance notice as possible if you need child care. If child care has been reserved and your group is not meeting for any reason, please remember to let Debbie know ASAP, so she may notify the scheduled child care givers and cancel! IF Gathering 1 IMG_3264 IF Gathering 1 1/5

  • Kids Events | Firstpres

    I'M NEW Information for New Visitors MEMBERS Resources and Information GET INVOLVED Working Together for Christ KIDS EVENTS Home / Ministries / First Pres Kids / Kids Events FIRST PRES KIDS Nursery/Early Childhood Elementary Events OTHER INTERESTS Studies and Groups Worship Grow Connect Serve Check out some of the fun we had at our ALL CHURCH event "Pumpkin Roundup" in the past. This event is in October at the Gilmour's Ranch near Palo Duro Canyon. We hope you'll make plans to join us! Pumpkin Roundup Pumpkin Roundup Pumpkin Roundup Pumpkin Roundup 1/46

  • First Pres Kids | Firstpres

    FIRST PRES KIDS Home / Ministries / First Pres Kids FIRST PRES KIDS Nursery/Early Childhood Elementary Events OTHER INTERESTS Studies and Groups Worship Grow Connect Serve Join us SUNDAY MORNINGS @ 9:45am Make plans to be here for our Family Journey to the Resurrection on Easter morning Our Sunday School Volunteers are Background checked and trained to work with kids. They have completed a Ministry Safe training. They are alert and ready! They believe in the importance of showing each child their value as they teach the Word of God and Love of God. We have a great team of leaders ready to greet your children and teach about the The Lord's Prayer. There are a lot of great kids around the Kids Ministry as well. Come and see! WEDNESDAY NIGHTS starting January 18th from 6:30-7:30pm Early Childhood and Elementary REMIND messages will come as texts to your phone even if you do not have the app. Feel free to comment or send questions back. The account manager will be the only one who sees your comment. About First Pres KIDS MINISTRY... First Pres Kids Ministry is a fun, safe and loving place for KIDS to learn about Jesus! ​ ​ Click here to learn about: Our SUNDAY SCHOOL Click here to learn about: Parenting in the Pew RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES: Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children into the Joy of Worship by Robbie Castleman Check out DIG IN, the New Curriculum used by FPKids Ministry for 2022. ​ ​ ​ DIG IN

  • Elementary | Firstpres

    ELEMENTARY Home / Ministries / First Pres Kids / Elementary Sunday School Sunday 9:45am-10:45am Our Elementary Ministry, for children 1st through 5th Grade, meets on the 2nd floor of the Kids Wing. ​ Please come in the main doors to the church building, come to the middle of the Great Hall to find the glass doors into the Children's Wing. These doors remain locked during the Sunday School hour to keep anyone from roaming through these areas where children are learning and playing. We have a check-in desk and volunteers who will help you know what to do and where to take your kids. ​ Our talented Kids Ministry staff and great volunteers lead, teach, encourage and love the children who come through our doors every week. All of our leaders have completed background checks to help ensure that our children can learn about the Love of Jesus in a comfortable and safe environment. ​ Teaching the Word of God to eager, young hearts is our passion. In 2021 the Kids Ministry started teaching from Group, Inc.'s curriculum called DIG IN. We are studying The LORD's Prayer. We hope your Kids will join us! ​ FIRST PRES KIDS Nursery/Early Childhood Elementary Events OTHER INTERESTS Studies and Groups Worship Grow Connect Serve

  • Nursery/Early Childhood | Firstpres

    NURSERY/EARLY CHILDHOOD Home / Ministries / First Pres Kids / Nursery/Early Childhood P6030025 P6030113 P6030025 1/10 Early Childhood: Nursery and Preschool Worship Sundays 8:15am-9:30 and 11:00-12:15pm ​ Sunday School 9:45am-10:45am Early Childhood (Babies-Kindergarten) Ministry meet s on the 1st floor of the Children's Wing. Please come through the new glass doors and check in your child at the desk. ​ Nursery is provided during the worship services at 8:30 and 11:00, and Sunday School each week. Our paid Child Care staff and background-checked volunteers make sure each child is treated with the best care while they are with us. Preschool Worship is offered to preschoolers through Kindergarten during our worship services. We practice "Parenting in the Pew" where we help parents teach their children how to join their parents in the services by they time they are in 1st grade. Some kids need a little more time to adjust to the new setting. So they are welcome to attend the singing and children's sermon of the worship services and then come to join Preschool Worship midway through. We want everyone to be able to hear the sermon and some days little ones are a little more wiggly and talky than others. Please feel free to use the Preschool Worship as a back up for this learning process. Our talented Kids Ministry staff, child care staff and amazing volunteers lead, teach, encourage and love the children who come through our doors every week. All of our leaders have completed background checks to help ensure that our children can learn about the Love of Jesus in a comfortable and safe environment. ​ Teaching the Word of God to eager, young hearts is our passion. ​ Sunday School Spring of 2023, Ms. Debbie and her team of volunteers and child care staff lead the Preschoolers and Kindergarteners as we study The LORD's Prayer. We hope your Kids will join us! FIRST PRES KIDS Nursery/Early Childhood Elementary Events OTHER INTERESTS Studies and Groups Worship Grow Connect Serve

  • Wednesday Nights | Firstpres

    WEDNESDAY NIGHTS Home / Ministries / Studies & Groups / Wednesday Nights Wednesday Night Bible Studies Begin January 18, 2023 STUDIES AND GROUPS Wednesday Nights Sunday School Bible Studies & Small Groups Triads OTHER INTERESTS Studies and Groups Worship Grow Connect Serve For those eating at the church, we will order dinner from a few different places each Wednesday night. Please contact Allison at or call 806-350-5207 with your order by Tuesday at noon. We’ll eat in the Great Hall from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (See the dated menu below) WEDNESDAY NIGHT KIDS & STUDENT GROUPS ​ ​ ​ Schedule for Elementary Kids 5:15 Dinner 5:45 Praise Kidz Choir in Room 302 (Choir Room) 6:30 Kids Ministry Programs 6:00-7:30pm Early Childhood has programs for any child, birth through Kinder, whose parents attend Wednesday Night groups or who are participating in Parents Time Out. The little ones will study ​Jesus Said, “I Am …” with Debbie Laur and trained/background-checked volunteers leading on the 1st floor of the Kids’ Wing. 6:30-7:30pm Elementary will study Hallowed be Thy Name, with Kelli Glass and our High School leadership & Disciple team on the 2nd floor of the Kids’ Wing. We can never exhaust the names of God. The names of God contain powerful promises for you, revealing who He is and the many roles He fills in our lives. Learning these names gives kids a greater confidence in who they are in Christ and also helps them to gain a valuable tool they can use to help them overcome challenges in life. Find more information about First Pres Kids here . ​ ​ Schedule for A&O Students (meet in A&O house) 6:30-7:45 p.m. Middle School, led by Senior High School and staff 8:00-9:30 p.m. High School, led by adult leaders and staff Come together each Wednesday night in the A&O House to spend time having fun, worshiping, sharing, and digging deep into God’s Word so you can grow in your walk with Jesus. ​ WEDNESDAY NIGHT ADULT GROUPS SCHEDULE FOR ADULTS 5:30 Dinner - Families with children eat together in the Great Hall or in the Parlor. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Adults go to their classes at the church or to the location of their home groups for class. ​ (March 22 - April 18) What's Up with Heaven (A Biblical, practical approach to anxiety, worry, & stress) - Rev. Dr. Murray Gossett & Rev. Kim Talley Parlor There are lots of myths, misunderstandings, and confusion about what heaven is really like. Join us for a biblical, practical, in-depth study and group discussion on what is known and true about eternal life. Financial Peace - Carrie Ives Room 206 Whether you are just starting out or close to retiring, Financial Peace University teaches what the Bible says about money and how you can gain control over your finances. As Dave Ramsey says, “Learn to live like no one else now, so you can live like no one else later!” This is a 9-week course. If you would like more information, contact Carrie Ives at 806-282-4440 or . To see more information go to this link (only one sign-up per couple needed) ​ Parents of Little Ones (Parents Time Out) - Drop your kids off (with something for their their dinner) in the Kids Wing to eat, play and talk about how Jesus loves us, with the background checked volunteer leaders and our trained childcare staff. Then you get to go and get some dinner! Really…there is no catch! This is a free gift to our parents with young children to encourage and support you during this sometimes overwhelming stage of parenting. (March 22 - April 18) Marriage - Rev. Dr. Howard Griffin Room 304 Using resources from Tim and Kathy Keller, Howard Griffin will lead as we look at how our marriages can flourish and be a witness of the love that Christ has for His church. *If you’re interested in a Home Group, please call the church office at 373-4242. ​ MUSIC GROUPS Children 5:45 – 6:30 p.m. Praise Kidz Choir in Room 302 (Choir Room) ​ Sanctuary Singers - (High school and up) 6:30 -8:00 p.m. in Room 302 (Choir Room)

  • Emily Wood

    Home / About / Our People / Staff STAFF Home / About / Our People / Staff / (806) 373-4242 Emily Wood Director of Women's Ministry Emily Wood is the Director of Women’s Ministry at First Pres. She and her husband, Casey, have been members since 2005, were married at First Pres in 2006, and both of their daughters were baptized here. Emily grew up in Hereford and Canyon and graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Journalism. Prior to joining the staff here, Emily worked in the nonprofit sector for 16 years, including serving as a grant writer for New York City's historic homeless shelter, The Bowery Mission; in Development Director positions for the Amarillo Symphony, Opportunity School, and the Amarillo Children’s Home; as a consultant; and at the Amarillo Area Foundation. Some of Emily’s favorite memories at First Pres have been planning the Women’s Retreat in 2009, serving on Howard’s Senior Pastor nominating committee, and serving as an Elder from 2014-2016. She also enjoys occasionally hosting the 1105 service downstairs in a space her husband renovated! Emily considers it a gift to be able to meet with, encourage, and pray for women regularly as a calling and a profession. She would love for you to give her a call to set up a visit soon!

  • Our People | Firstpres

    OUR PEOPLE Home / About / Our People If you need to talk to someone, we want you to be able to find them quickly and easily. In this section, you can find staff, elders, deacons, and committee members and moderators. If you still can't find the person you're looking for, please call the church office at 806.373.4242. We're here to help you. ABOUT Deacons Elders Staff Who's Who Trustees

  • ABOUT | Firstpres

    ABOUT Home / About We'd love to answer any questions you might have about First Pres. Look through these pages to learn more, but if you don't find the answer you're needing, give us a call! First Presbyterian is a body of believers who seek to discover and live the way of Christ in the expansive grace of God. We believe that Jesus Christ alone is Lord, and we are called to share His love with others through both word and deed. As Presbyterians, we affirm the FIVE SOLAS of the Protestant Reformation: Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone, Scripture Alone, and Glory to God Alone. We believe we are saved by grace alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (John 3:16), through Christ alone (John 14:6), and Scripture alone is our authority in faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16-17), as we seek to give all glory to God alone (1 Corinthians 10;31). We are members of the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO). To learn more about what we believe as Presbyterians, please go to our denomination’s web page where you can find our essential tenets and our confessional standards. Hopefully, by scanning through our website and the website of our denomination, you will learn a little more about who we are, what we believe, why we do what we do, and how we seek to live that out. As always, if you can’t find what you’re looking for please call us (806) 373-4242. ABOUT Becoming a Member Contact & News ECO Employment FAQs Mission Statement & Beliefs Our History Our People Our Pipe Organ What We're About First Pres Amarillo App WORSHIP | GROW | CONNECT | SERVE

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