We know that you will find a warm welcome at First Presbyterian Church on Galveston Island. Whether you are a visitor to the Island and just passing through, a new resident, or are searching for a church home, please know you are considered our honored guest. Please come as you are!
Please look around our site. We hope that something speaks to you and brings you to Galveston’s First Church.
The Session of First Presbyterian Church had the stated meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7 PM. It was decided to reopen the church for worship only on Sunday mornings at 11 AM, beginning on March 7th. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the service will be limited seating of no more than 95 people possible on Sundays. (Note: following Gov. Abbott’s announcement on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 for businesses having the option to reopen 100% and lifting the mask mandate, session has met since then and voted to continue with the current plan in following the protocols as listed).
Protocols for In-Person Gathering at First Presbyterian Church
*The church will be open for the 11 AM Worship Service only – no on-site Sunday School or fellowship at present.
*When entering and exiting the building, please use the 19th St. entrance. Please do not use the porte cochere entrance or the door through the playground area.
*Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the service.
*Wearing a face mask is required while in the building. If forgotten, we will have face masks available at the entrance.
*Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance.
*Please proceed into the Sanctuary to find a seat – no visiting in the halls or Sanctuary.
*Singing and spoken words during worship will be done by the worship leaders only.
*Worship leaders will wear masks during the service when not actively speaking or singing.
*Freinship pads and prayer request cards will not be used during the service at the present time. Please email Pastor Ed any prayer requests by 10:30 AM on Sunday morning to be included in the Prayers of the People.
*There will be no offering collected during the service. An offering box will be available back of the church for drop off before or after the service. If interested in automatic withdrawal, please call the church office for more details.
*Following the worship service, no visiting in the Sanctuary or halls to ensure social distancing and safe health.
Services will continue to be streamed on our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/FPCGalveston) and will be posted on our YouTube site following the worship service (First Presbyterian Church Galveston). If you are immune-compromised, high risk, or just not comfortable returning to public gathering, you can continue to fully participate in online worship. If you recently had Covid-19 or waiting for a test result because you think you have contracted it, please do not come to in-person worship until you have been cleared.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the pandemic Covid, we are currently not meeting at our church for any events. The Bereans-Ida Austin Class and the Quest Class are meeting on Zoom at 9 AM Sunday mornings. For more details, please contact the church office.
Our Regular Schedule
Church School begins at 9:30 am, coffee and fellowship at 10:30, and worship begins at 11. With something for everyone, people of all ages can enjoy fellowship, study, and learning. Current classes include:
Children & Youth Bible Studies
Preschool 3-4′s Room 114
Elementary (K-Gr. 4) Room 220
Middle School (Gr. 5-8) Room 212
High School (Gr. 9-12) Room 210
Nursery for Infants & Toddlers with paid, first aid/CPR certified childcare attendants in Room 115.
Bereans-Ida Austin Class Room 110 (Library)
Seekers Class – Short-term studies Room 112
Quest Class – Religious and Bible Studies Room 120 (Gail Borden Parlor)
Fellowship time happens before the service at 10:30 am in McCullough Fellowship Hall, as well as following the service. Our gourmet coffee offerings are always a highlight of the morning. It’s a great time to meet new people, get acquainted, or catch up on your week.
We invite you to join us at 10:45 am in the sanctuary and join the Chancel Ensemble for gathering music. Performing a mix of contemporary praise and traditional hymns played in a modern way, the ensemble can help prepare your hearts & minds for worship. During the summer the Ensemble takes a break and will occasionally provide special music during the service.
Sunday morning service, a traditional style service with contemporary elements, begins at 11 am.
We celebrate Communion together on the first Sunday of every month by Intinction. (The act of dipping the bread into the cup and taking both together). All baptized Christians are invited to share the Lord’s Supper.
Can’t make it on Sunday?
Meal Teams prepare & serve dinner each Monday at the Galveston Salvation Army.
Monthly Horizon’s Bible Study held the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 am in the Library/Conference Room on the first floor. Study books are provided. Check Facebook or contact the church for details.
Join Pastor Ed Wolf for Bible Study at 7:00 pm in the Knox Chapel. Studies generally last about six-weeks. Check Facebook or contact the church for details.
7:30 am Men’s Ministry Fellowship Breakfast at the America’s Kitchen, 500 Harborside Dr, Galveston, TX 77550
6:00 pm Chancel Choir Practice
First Presbyterian Church is a gun-free zone.