New Children’s Choir

New Children’s Choir

First Presbyterian will be part of a joint venture with Covenant Presbyterian Church this fall in beginning a children’s choir. Our elementary children are invited to join with the present young people’s choir at Covenant to form the new ALLELUIA CHILDREN’S CHOIR. Covenant’s young people’s choir currently includes some older children’s voices which will enable our children to sing two- and three-part anthems. We hope to be able to do some exciting anthems with instruments and drums and also sing in languages other than English. The children will be meeting here beginning Sunday, September 8 at 5:00-6:00 (before youth group).  Parents are invited to join a book group that will be led by Marilyn Hedgpeth at the same time. I will also have cookbooks available in another room if you don’t want to attend the book study and you can plan meals for the week or catch up on email. This is a serious choir and we will be singing at both Covenant and First Presbyterian at the morning worship services –hopefully monthly (once over there and once here—details will be worked out once we have an idea of how many people we will have in the choir).

The choir will be conducted by Dr. Brennetta Simpson, a Music Education professor at NCCU. Dr. Simpson has music degrees from Northwestern University in Chicago and a doctorate from Columbia. She is very experienced in working with children and this is a fabulous opportunity for our children!  Dr. Simpson and I are developing a curriculum which will include units on vocal production, hymnody, music theory, and some church history and architecture thrown in for fun (yes, we will make it fun!).

As Minister of Music, I want our children to not only be able to develop a love of singing but to also have deep spiritual resources to help them navigate the complexities of life. The age-old and new texts which they will sing will become a part of their being from which they can draw in times of trouble and joy. The bonds of friendship and the sharing of their gifts with a larger community will help us build connections in a world that has become far too divisive. This is what we can do to help bring some of God’s peace to this world.  If you have any questions, please do email me or call me.

 Kathy Parkins, FPC’s Minister of Music (919-451-5300 or church 919-682-5511)

Building Connections

Building Connections

A new church year begins on September 1, 2019. This year’s theme for our Ministry of Christian Nurture is “Building Connections.” Check out our study opportunities for adults, children, and youth by clicking on the appropriate link.

Adult studies

Children and youth studies

Retirement Announced

Retirement Announced

On Monday, August 26, 2019, the Session of First Presbyterian Church met for its first stated meeting of the 2019-2020 church year. During this meeting, the ruling elders received and accepted a letter of request to retire from ministry from Sam Miglarese, Associate Pastor, effective December 31, 2019. The Session thanked Sam for his faithful service to FPC. Plans to honor Sam’s ministry among us will be announced at a later date. Please read here Sam’s heartfelt letter to the Session.

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 (www.cap-press.com); 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 Amazon.com for $65.00.