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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Who We Are

Presbyterianism is a part of the Reformed tradition within Protestantism which traces its origins to the British Isles. Presbyterian churches derive their name from the presbyterian form of church government, which is governed by representative assemblies of elders.

 

MORE ABOUT OUR DENOMINATION

The First Presbyterian Church is a historic structure and congregation in downtown Waco Texas.  The church has been served by less than 10 pastors since 1855.  The original building expanded twice.  The First expansion was in the 1950s and then, again, in the late 1980s. Our tradition of worship, fellowship and mission continues on into the 21st century.

 

We offer 2 Sunday Services

 

8:30:  An Informal church service in the Chapel with communion

 

10:30:  Traditional worship in the Sanctuary with monthly communion

 

MORE HISTORY

HISTORY

The First Presbyterian Church is a historic structure and congregation in downtown Waco Texas.  The church has been served by less than 10 pastors since 1855.  The original building expanded twice.  The First expansion was in the 1950s and then, again, in the late 1980s. Our tradition of worship, fellowship and mission continues on into the 21st century.

 

Click Here for First Presbyterian Church History 1855-1937

Courtesy of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, Fort Wayne IN.

Click Here for First Presbyterian Church History 1855-1955

Courtesy of FamilySearch, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

DENOMINATION

First Presbyterian Church of Waco is one of more than 10,000 congregations connected through a representational system of church government, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This connectional system starts with the individual church and its governing body, the Session. Our Session is comprised of 24 elders, elected to three-year staggered terms, one youth elder elected annually, a Clerk of Session, an elder who may or may not be a current member of the Session, and our pastors, one of whom serves as moderator.

First Presbyterian Church Waco is a member church of Grace Presbytery, the regional governing body for 178 congregations totaling 43,000 members located in 53 counties in north and central Texas. Grace Presbytery claims God’s mission as our Grace Presbytery prepares and supports leaders to build vital congregations, nurture disciples and send apostles of our Lord into the world.

At First Presbyterian, we participate in the Revised Common Lectionary.

The lectionary is a systematic reading through scripture that is shared by a number of denominations.  The full lectionary selection usually includes an Old Testament; a passage from one of the Psalms; a reading for the Epistles (letters)  of the New Testament and finally a reading from one of the four gospels.

FACILITY

Basement/1st Floor

Main Level/2nd Floor

3rd Floor

 

ROTAN WINDOW:

The Rotan Window is unique as it captures the life commitments of Edward and Kate Rotan.  The window captures the frontier of American life on horseback and the technological revolution of a Model T Ford.  Medallions throughout the window reveal the way that Edward and Kate Rotan stewarded their wealth and energy back into the Waco community.  Such a window inspires us to imagine how we might live well and steward our life back to God and to God’s community.