Strong Words from Pastor John H. Stanley

Pastor John H. Stanley encourages us to spend the next month studying the book of Proverbs along with him. Just one chapter a day will allow you to read the entire book! Today John shares several instances in Proverbs where we read that our words can be powerful. He explains that God has given us the ability to use our words to build people up or to tear them down. Let us use our words to encourage and strengthen those around us!

Are you participating in the 30-day Proverbs challenge? We would love to hear from you!  Please contact John Stanley at to share your experience.

Thrive Worship Service 8/2/2020

Join us for our Thrive worship service! This service includes regular liturgy, praise songs, and sermon. Dr. Cynthia M. Benz is preaching, "We Interrupt This Gloom to Offer... Hope."

Traditional Worship Service 8/2/2020

The God of love and peace be with you this day!
Our traditional worship service includes prelude, hymns, liturgy, and sermon. Dr. Cynthia M. Benz is preaching, "We Interrupt This Gloom to Offer... Hope."

Our Mission and Vision

Following the Word with Christ’s heart into the world with open arms spreading the Good News, we are committed disciples of Christ engaged in God’s Word, joyfully united in worship and work, urgently taking the Good News into our community and the world.

We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) with a long tradition of service and leadership in the Gastonia community and in the Presbytery of Western North Carolina.

Worship Opportunities

After months of worshipping together remotely, the session, along with the Worship and Music Ministry, has developed a plan to safely return to in-person worship. You are invited to join us Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m., outside the Fellowship Hall for outdoor worship.

You are also encouraged to worship with us via Livestream!
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Virtual Vacation Bible School

In the interest of everyone's health and well-being, we have made the hard decision to move VBS to an online setting this year. Though we will miss getting to see everyone's faces, we are so excited to have the chance to connect with everyone virtually! Join us August 3-6 for videos, games, crafts, and more. You can access our pre-recorded daily videos by visiting our website at any time after August 3! Fit VBS into your schedule! 
Providing support to bereaved families after the death of a child. Meets 7:00 p.m., first Tuesday of each month in the Church Parlor
Watch and share our video highlighting how you can grow in faith with us at First Presbyterian Gastonia.

2 Peter 3:18 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

1621 E Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054 
Phone: 704-864-2651