Church Office closed today.

Church Office closed today.
The church office is closed Monday, December 10 due to the winter storm (round 2). Staff are working from home and can be reached by church email and their cell phones if you need assistance.  We encourage everyone to monitor conditions via local news stations and social media. Please stay safe and warm.

A Service of Lessons and Carols

A Service of Lessons and Carols

December 16, at 11:00 AM.   Come, hear the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir sing carols and anthems in a service modeled after the Service of Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge, England.  The service will include carols and music from Handel’s Messiah. The public is invited!

Advent Midweek Caroling and Worship

Advent Midweek Caroling and Worship

Join us as we gather on Wednesdays on the Main Street steps for candlelight caroling at 5:45 p.m. followed by a procession of light into the sanctuary where worship with Holy Communion will begin at 6:00 p.m. A light supper will be provided at 6:30 p.m. in Watts-Hill Hall. Donations will be received to offset meal costs. December 12 – meditation by Cheryl Barton HenryDecember 19– meditation by Mary Berry.


Cafe Justo available during December at FPC

Cafe Justo available during December at FPC

Café Justo – Organic Arabica Coffee for sale in 1-pound bags ($10 per bag).

Café Justo is an outgrowth of a Presbyterian Hunger Program partnership with growers in Salvador Urbina, Chiapas, Mexico, and roasters and packers near the Lily of the Valley Presbyterian Church, in Agua Prieta, Sonora.

Want to place an order for coffee?  PLEASE choose from the following varieties:

  • medium roast, whole bean
  • dark roast, whole bean
  • medium roast, ground
  • dark roast, ground
  • decaf, medium roast, whole bean
  • decaf, dark roast, whole bean
  • decaf medium roast, ground
  • decaf dark roast, ground

Specify the grind (GROUND or WHOLE BEAN), the roast (MEDIUM or DARK), and the process (REGULAR or DECAF). Send an email to John Fricks ([email protected]), or leave a message at the church office.

Our order is shipped directly from Douglas, Arizona, on the Mexican border.  Except for the shipping cost – about one dollar per bag – all proceeds go to the Café Justo cooperative south of the border.

Join us during Advent and Christmas

Join us during Advent and Christmas

Click Advent and Christmas Brochure 2018 to view opportunities for worship and fellowship at FPC during Advent and Christmas!  All are welcome!

2019 Stewardship Campaign: Love in the Heart of the City

2019 Stewardship Campaign: Love in the Heart of the City

This year’s campaign: Love in the Heart of the City (part 2) is built around a narrative of First Church’s four great strengths. Click on the links below to read what members are saying:

Commitment to Social Mission

Commitment to Worship and Music

Commitment to Building Beloved Community

Commitment to Inclusion and Welcome

Click Survey to share your interests, time and talents with the Committee.

Adult Sunday School Offerings 2018-2019

Adult  Sunday School Offerings 2018-2019

Classes begin promptly at 9:45 a.m.

Adult Lectionary: What Scripture readings we will be using in worship on Sunday?  This class reviews the four texts from The Revised Common Lectionary, offering background information and insight that will enhance the worship experience for the day. This class is team-taught and welcomes lively discussion.

Faith and Community: What topics are pertinent to expressing our faith within the contemporary context of our community?  We are excited to kick off this year with a series on Love Letters of Faith, featuring the letters of the Apostle Paul, Dorothy Day, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Martin Luther King, Jr.  Guest presenters from the church and the community lead the class. October will feature discussions on the paper, Reclaiming Jesus, and on The Barmen Declaration of Faith, found in the PC(USA) Book of Order.

Women’s Spiritual Formation: A group of women who meet for sharing, mutual support, and prayer on Sunday mornings; led by Susan Dunlap (Parish Associate).  All women are welcome to join.

The Pleasures of Parenting:  A time of discussion and support for parents who find raising children in today’s world to be an exciting and daunting task, led by Mindy Douglas (Pastor/Head of Staff).

Membership Inquiry Class:  What membership means at FPC, three class sessions led by clergy and laypersons held Sundays at 9:45 a.m. on the following schedule: September 9, 16, 23 (2018); January 13, 20, 27;  May 5, 12, 19 (2019).

Journeys & Scratch Young Adults:  A hybrid class of seasoned and younger members, this inter-generational class will explore Prophetic Voices this year, beginning with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, The Belhar Confession from South Africa, readings from Flannery O’Connor, and later, Walter Brueggemann’s Prophetic Imagination.

Becoming an Anti-Racist Church: Journeying Toward Wholeness  Sponsored and taught by FPC’s Racial Equity group, this will be an eight-part mini-course on themes of racism, diversity, white privilege, and barriers to inclusivity.  The core of the study will be based upon the book Becoming an Anti-Racist Church by Joseph Barndt.  Anyone can participate.

Fall Sunday School for Children and Youth

Fall Sunday School for Children and Youth

Older twos – 2nd grade will follow the PC(USA) Growing in Grace and Gratitude curriculum.

Third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders are using a Rotation Model of study this year, which will let the children experience one Bible story a month in a variety of ways.  Using the Godly Play curriculum for the foundational stories of the Old Testament, children will express and experience these stories through maps, LEGO models, drama, music, games, gardening, feasting, and prayer. They will be getting their hands dirty and using all of their senses to understand the stories so basic to our Judeo/ Christian tradition.  Guests and friends are always welcome.

Confirmation (grades 7 – 9, and up)  It’s a confirmation year for our 7th – 9th graders.  Together with their adult mentors, our confirmands will spend the first semester of this year visiting and observing other faith communities in Durham to notice what we have in common, and how we differ.  We will be learning to be good guests in our pluralistic neighborhood.  Then after Christmas, we will spend some classroom time together exploring what it means to be a Christian in the Reformed Tradition.  Most classes will take place during the Sunday School hour.

High School (grades 10-12)  High Schoolers will start by discussing The Apocrypha.  Visitors are always welcome.

It’s available! New book on the history of FPC

It’s available!  New book on the history of FPC

Downtown By History and Choice: First Presbyterian Church of Durham, NC, 1871-2013.  Copies of Peter Fish’s book on the history of FPC can be purchased in four ways:  1) – At the church for $25 (make check payable to First Presbyterian Church);  2) – at The Regulator Bookshop ($30);  3) – By Mail Order with discount: Go to the Carolina Academic Press web site (; click on “Shopping Cart;” enter title (Downtown by History and Choice); click on “Check Out;” on page 1 of “online Order Form” go to box labelled “Discount Code” and enter FPCBOOK (in caps); make payment including shipping charge and sales tax for N. C. residents. Cost is typically $38.44;  or 4) – Through for $65.00.