first presbyterian church, clarksville, tennessee
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Welcome!
With Christ as our Savior and Guide, we seek to know God's love and share it with each other, our community and the world. We invite you to join us in this journey of discipleship!

We welcome visitors to join us for weekly services. Two services are held each Sunday morning at 8:30 am and 11:00 am respectively. Sunday School classes meet at 9:45 am.

 
Service Opportunities
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27

Please click here to see service opportunites.

 
Who We Are
Clarksville, Tennessee was incorporated in 1784. Dr. Gideon Blackburn, an itinerant Presbyterian minister, preached outdoors in a place south of Clarksville called Tompkins Grove. He organized First Presbyterian Church on May 25, 1822.

Today we have over 500 members worshipping God. We are part of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). Here is a general guide to facts about the Presbyterian Church USA.

 
Dream Team Statement
Here is a statement by our Dream Team about the current condition of FPC Clarksville. The statement was adopted by Session at its April 19, 2015 meeting.

Click here to view an explanatory video (15 minutes) from Kerri Woodson, chair of the Dream Team.

"First Presbyterian Clarksville is an historic, downtown church with a strong commitment to service, that is transitioning into the 21st century in all aspects of church life while staying true to our timeless traditions. We are a church filled with caring people who love God and are striving to build their relationship with Christ. We are a church body that deeply believes in our mission statement: With Christ as our Savior and Guide, we seek to know God's love and share it with each other, our community and the world.

Our congregational health, however, mirrors the decline of the church in our current culture. In 2003 we averaged 299 in worship weekly, but by 2013 our average worship attendance had declined to 200. This decline is not just a number to us; it is personal. Throughout this decade, we have been affected by loss, grief, changes, and indecision. As a whole, we still have many wonderful, capable members who work to strengthen the church and spread the Word of God. Over the years these members have gravitated toward niches of interest and drifted away from a cohesive vision. Our dream is to enhance the works already taking place, encourage the involvement of others, and work together towards a more focused vision."


 


 
Heidi Kathleen Hedstrom
A celebration of Heidi's life will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 213 Main Street, Clarksville, TN 37040. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home and Saturday, May 23, 2015, from 12 p.m. until the hour of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, or StupidCancer.org.

Click here for the full announcement.

 
Mark Your Calendars! VBS 2015, June 15 - 19, 9-noon

 

Join us!

  • VBS is scheduled for June 15-19, 9-noon.
  • Click here for the registration form, also available in the church office.
  • If you are interested in volunteering for VBS, contact Julia Semsick at 724-762-3077, or complete the April's newsletter insert and bring to church office.
  • Traning for volunteers is set for Sunday, June 14, immediately following the 11am worship with lunch provided.
  • For those interested in helping, but cannot be present during the week, we will have many opportunities for you to serve with decorating, snacks, un-decorating etc.

 

 
Confirmation Class of 2016
  • Registration is now open for the Confirmation / Commissioning Class of 2016
  • Conformation Class of 2016 starts in August 2015 and is completed by the last of April 2016.
  • This program is designed for students entering the 7th grade or older.
  • Contact the church office or C David Elliott, email: cde40@aol.com or (931)551-6204 cell.

 
Confirmation Class of 2015
The Confirmation Class of 2015 was presented to the congregation this past Sunday (5/10/2015) by their proud sponsors.

Click here to read their individual faith statements.

 
Important Dates

 

Join us!

  • Beginning 1/2/2015, regular Church Office Hours will be 9 am - 1 pm, Mon-Fri.
  • Senior High Youth Mission Trip is scheduled for July 18-25. Please contact Mark (980-8185) for information and with questions.
 
City Church - Sunday Evening Worship

2014 sunday worship

 

Join us!

  • Sunday nights, 5 pm to 6 pm in the chapel
  • Contemporary worship with informal sermon
  • Child care provided on as needed basis - please notify church office by Friday morning prior to Sunday service
 
Upcoming Events / Calendar

The upcoming events and the monthly calendar can be found on this month's newsletter.