Holy Week and Easter Opportunities
Palm/Passion Sunday, April 14
  • 9:00 a.m. Thrive, Fellowship Hall
  • 11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship with the Carolina Brass, Sanctuary
  • Children’s Egg Hunt following the 11:00 service (gather in the Memorial Gallery about 12:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 17
  • Lenten Lunch at Holy Trinity Lutheran, 12:00pm;        Rev. Lauren Sease Vanacore, preacher
7 Stations of the Cross
  • meal at 5:30 in the Fellowship Hall;
  • stations will begin at 6:15 from the Fellowship Hall
Maundy Thursday, April 18 
  • Drop-in Communion, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m-7:30 p.m.  (Gather in the Session Room first; groups will be escorted into the Sanctuary)
Good Friday, April 19
  • Tenebrae Worship, Sanctuary  7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 21
(on Easter Day, please bring a live floral stem to adorn our “Flowering Cross” outside the sanctuary entrance)
  • Sunrise Service, 6:45 a.m., Columbarium
  • Thrive, 9:00 a.m., Fellowship Hall
  • Sunday School, 10:00 a.m.
  • Festive Easter Worship, 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
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.

What's Happening at First Presbyterian Gastonia?

Welcome Dr. Cynthia M. Benz!
FPC looks forward to welcoming our Interim Senior Minister, Dr. Cynthia M. Benz, and her husband, Steve, at our worship services on Sunday, April 14.  Dr. Benz will participate in worship Easter Day, April 21, and will preach her first sermon on Sunday, April 28.  

Welcome Dr. Cynthia M. Benz!

Photos courtesy Leslie Dix


Family Promise of Gaston County assists homeless families as they achieve lasting independence by providing safe shelter, meals, day care and support services for these families designed to address the underlying causes of homelessness. Through a unique partnership with diverse communities of faith like First Presbyterian, Gaston Family Promise provides emergency shelter, meals and supportive services to homeless Gaston County families.

First Presbyterian Church is honored to host Gaston Family Promise four times a year. Our next opportunity to host at FPC will be April 28 - May 5, 2019. Sign up to help! Our other upcoming opportunities to host are July 28, 2019 thru August 4, 2019; and October 13, 2019  thru Oct 20, 2019. 
Holy Week In A Box
The Children's Ministry has put together bags for families that want to participate in this activity during Holy Week. Please look for them this Sunday morning (4/14) on the Thrive table and outside Jill Kimbirl's office upstairs and take one per family to build your faith at home.

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.

Worship Opportunities

You are invited to Sunday school & worship on Sundays:
9:00 A.M.  THRIVE Worship in the Fellowship Hall

10:00 A.M. Sunday school

11:00 A.M. Worship in the Sanctuary

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