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Welcome to First Presbyterian Church

Worship with Us!
Sunday Morning:

9:00 a.m.  Sunday School for all ages
10:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
Nursery: Birth through Kindergarten available for all activities.

201 Kanawha Terrace

St. Albans, WV  25177

Facebook: First Presbyterian Church of St. Albans;

Email:  fpcsa@firstpresbychurch.com

Phone 304 727-2241

First Presbyterian is an active church that helps individuals and families grow in the grace and love of Jesus Christ. 

 

We offer a variety of programs for individuals and families and are large enough to offer an array of activities and ministries, but small enough to know each of our members personally.  We would love for you to call our church "home."

 

This website only covers selected highlights so we encourage you to contact the church office at 304 727-2241, stop by, or email us at fpcsa@firstpresbychurch.com if you have questions or particular areas of interest. Our main message to you is...WELCOME!

 

Dear Church Family, 

We hope that this letter finds you well during these unprecedented times. 
Being apart has been difficult for everyone but remember that "Where there 
is hope, there is life" and "God is with us." 

The Presbytery has not outlined a COVID reopening plan for churches but has 
encouraged everyone to follow state and local rules, regulations, and 
guidelines when doing so. 

The Relaunch and Building Committees have been working very hard to 
implement a plan to return worship to the sanctuary.  Kathy Weed will lead 
our worship on September 20, 2020 at 10:00 am.  She will give a blessing as 
we join together for our first Sunday back in the sanctuary. 

Rest assured, Facebook Live will continue for those who follow the services 
at home.  The Fellowship Hall will be available for those who would like to 
listen to the service but do not wish to sit in the Sanctuary. 

In consideration of everyone's safety, we will be adhering to the following 
protocol: 

Wearing a mask at all times is required.  Masks will be available if you do 
not have one.  

Everyone will enter the church through the Handicap Entrance in the 
Fellowship Hall.  (All other entrances will be closed.)  Hand sanitizer is 
to be used upon entering the building.  You may pick up your bulletin as you 
enter; we ask that you take it home with you after the service.  Prayer 
cards will be available there as well. We will then enter the Sanctuary by 
the South Side door. 

Seating will be designated to every other pew on the North Side only.  The 
South Side will be closed for seating at this time and may be gradually 
opened as needed.  We will follow standard social distancing guidelines; 
individuals must sit six feet apart unless they are a family unit. 

There will not be any Bibles (you may bring your own) or hymnals in the 
pews, and the choir will not be singing.  Mary Ellen will continue to bless 
us with guest musicians. 

The Plexiglas shields have been moved from the Fellowship Hall to the 
Sanctuary.  They will be used by the Minister, Liturgist, and Musical Guest. 
In following protocol, there will be no speaking or singing by the 
congregation.  Prayer requests must be written down on the cards provided as 
you enter the Fellowship Hall and left in the receptacle provided. 

The Pastor will dismiss the congregation pew by pew.  Everyone will exit 
from the South Side door to the Fellowship Hall.  We are asking you to not 
congregate in the Fellowship Hall before or after the service and refrain 
from shaking hands and giving hugs.  We know that this is difficult but it 
is very necessary. 

The nursery will be closed at this time. 

The family/handicap restroom near the South Side entrance will be open for 
use.  Please use the disinfecting products provided before you exit and 
leave the restroom ready for the next occupant. 

Offering plates will be at the exit door.  Contributions may also be mailed 
to the church, sent through your bank, or securely taken care of online by 
using the "DONATE" button on the First Presby website or Facebook page.  

The committees would like to reassure you that all highly touched surfaces 
such as doors, handles, tables, etc have been sanitized.  While we cannot 
control the virus, the spread, or the impact it has in our church, we are 
doing everything we can to make our church as safe and clean as possible. 
We appreciate your cooperation, commitment, patience and understanding 
during this process.  

After each Sunday service the Sanctuary will be cleaned and sanitized, and 
then will be locked until the next week.  This is being done for your safety 
and wellbeing.  The only exception to the Sanctuary being locked between 
worship services will be on Thursday, September 24th when the memorial 
service for Ian Moir is held.  The attendees to that service will need to 
follow the protocol in place.  After the service, cleaning and sanitizing 
will be done. 

We acknowledge that while the recommended CDC precautionary measures are 
being taken by the church, no one can guarantee the safety of every person 
present.  Should a COVID case arise, our church will close for a 14 day 
quarantine period.  We will be keeping a record of the names of everyone who 
attends a service for that reason. 

Our most vulnerable church family members (the elderly and people with 
certain underlying medical conditions) should be extra careful.  You may 
prefer to continue to follow the live-stream worship services. 

If you have a question or concern, please call a Session member or the 
church office. 

We must also remember that God has not called us to live in fear but in 
faith.  As the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, "For the Spirit of God 
does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline."  

In hope and prayer, 
Your Session Members

 
 
 

A Place for Everyone

An Adult Sunday school class will meet during Wednesday Night Live in the church parlor at 6:30pm beginning September 23. We are participating in Mary Ellen’s Bible study of Adam Hamilton’s book Unafraid: Living With Courage and Hope In Uncertain Times If you wish to participate through Zoom, be sure to contact Mary Ellen at marylogsdon@hotmail.com for the link to the meeting. Or wear your mask and join us in the parlor. We will follow CDC guidelines for social distancing.

Sunday School for Children
Children may come to Sunday school at 9:15 on Sunday mornings to meet with Miss Donna and Miss Jackie for a Bible story and activities from the new curriculum Growing In God’s Love.

Another Adult Study
The Wired Word is an online* adult Sunday school curriculum with weekly lessons that confront the news with scripture and hope. It is available weekly to our congregation through subscription. If you would like to receive it via email, contact the office.

Wednesday Night for Children and Youth
The Feet That Follow
Children and Youth are going to use a blended format as well, with a remote class in the Fellowship Hall, or on Zoom. We are using the Presbyterian Outlook’s 2020 Staycation VBS called The Feet That Follow. Registration is required so that we have enough supplies on hand. If you plan to join us either on Zoom or in person, please contact Kathryn at (304)539-2573 to register by September 15, 2020. For Zoom we will need your email to send you both the meeting link, and information about where and when to pick up your supplies each
week. Please register as soon as possible.

Presbyterian Women Bible Study
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Explore lament with Presbyterian Women! The 2020–2021 PW/Horizons Bible study, Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament, art and text by Lynn Miller, revives lament as a proper theological response to the difficult situations of our world. We will gather on Zoom at 7:00 PM Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Order your copy now by contacting Debbie Duvall at debora.j.duvall12@gmail.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

D's Happy Belly Food Truck

First Presbyterian Church
parking lot
Sunday, September 27
(Evangelism Sunday)
4:00 - 6:00 pm
(Menu to be provided at a later date)
Stop by and pick up your dinner to go.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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THANK YOU, DOUG!
Sadly on July 26, we said goodbye to
Interim Pastor Rev. Doug Jenkins at First
Presbyterian Church of Saint Albans who
retired after decades as a Presbyterian
Minister! He’s a really great guy, bad puns
and all, and we will miss him! We wish
Doug and his wife Jan and their kids and
grandkids a very happy and well-deserved
retirement! God bless you and many
thanks...

 
 
 
 

Credit to the St. Albans Area Chamber of Commerce May Newsletter for the photo.

 

 

LITTLES’ STORY-TIME

EVERY FRIDAY 
10:30am – 11:15 am

FREE EVENT!
Infants – 5 Years Old
(with a parent or guardian)

DUE TO THE RECENT OUTBREAK THERE WILL BE NO STORY-TIME UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

Let’s Meet Our Neighbors!

How can we get to know our immediate neighbors around our church?  How can we reach out to our community? Let's build some community ties.  Let's invite them to come eat with us or just stop by to know who we are.  

 

Clendenin, West Virginia

March 2017

Do you need prayers, but don't belong to a church? This prayer box at 1st Presbyterian Church in St. Albans has cards you can fill out and leave, anonymously if you wish, and we will pray for your needs every Sunday 201 Kanawha Terrace.  

Community Prayer Request Box Ministry

 

Nursery provided for all activities.

All are welcome!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanctuary Photos

First Presbyterian Church
201 Kanawha Terrace
St. Albans, West Virginia 25177
phone 304 727-2241

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