At First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem (FPCB) our goal is to draw people into a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and to equip them to Know God, Love People, and Serve the World. We understand that each person has a very personal relationship with God and connects with God in different ways. We seek to serve these differing worship voices by offering distinct worship experiences all with the same message. Whether you prefer classic or modern, you will find a place at one of FPCB’s four weekend services to encounter God in a way that is comfortable and familiar, passionate and reverent.
2344 Center Street, Bethlehem, PA 18017
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COMMUNION | SUNDAY, 8:45 AM, CHAPEL
You are invited to attend our beautiful and meaningful weekly communion service in the Chapel, Sundays from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. This service features hymns, prayer, a short sermon, and communion. Click here to learn more about the Chapel Service.
CLASSIC | SUNDAY, 10:00 AM, SANCTUARY
This classic, liturgical service honors the richness and beauty of our heritage, centers around a Biblical message, and features the Chancel Choir and pipe organ. Click here to learn more about the Sanctuary Service.
MODERN | SATURDAY, 6 PM, AND SUNDAY, 9 & 11 AM, KIRK CENTER
Modern worship service features a contemporary music set, ancient liturgy, prayer and confession, inspiring imagery, and thought-provoking Biblical teaching. Click here to learn more about the Kirk Center Services.
what to expect
Visiting a new church for the first time can be intimidating. We know, we've all been there! That is why we love to make our guests feel welcomed and at home. To help make your visit as stress-free as possible, we've put together some helpful hints for you, along with some frequently asked questions and answers.
We have four worship services between Saturdays and Sundays. Three are modern in style in our Kirk Center and one classic in style in our Sanctuary and a communion service in our Chapel. If you want to get to know us a little more, watch some of our LATEST SERMONS or stream the service at 10/11 am on Sundays.
WHERE DO I PARK?
Parking begins to the right of the driveway and winds all the way behind the church. Parking for guests with disabilities is located directly along the front of the Sanctuary (west side of the building) with a ramp entrance to the building and electric doors. Additional parking is available along the first row of the rear parking lot, behind the building. An access ramp is also located in the rear to the left of the Sanctuary in the South Building. From the rear parking lot, you will also be able to access the North Building Entrance and the Kirk Center.
We also have fourteen spaces reserved for parents with small children. Look for the orange strollers painted on the blacktop behind the church near the North Building.
HOW DO I FIND MY WAY AROUND CAMPUS?
When you enter the building, you will be met by greeters who are here to welcome you, answer any questions you may have, and help you find your way around the campus. You may also check in at one of our digital kiosks located near the entrances in both the North and South Buildings to find the location of a service or class.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A SERVICE?
At FPC Bethlehem, ourweekend services are an opportunity for you to connect with God as well as other believers where you will have opportunity to experience rich worship, deep prayer, and biblical teaching that is thought-provoking and applicable to your life. Be prepared to be challenged and encouraged.
Our worship services typically last about an hour. We recommend arriving early so you won’t feel rushed, and you will have time to familiarize yourself with where everything is, drop your kids off, and find a seat in the Sanctuary for a Classic service or in the Kirk Center for a Modern. Families are invited to worship together in either venue, but kids can enjoy their own fun, age-appropriate gatherings during our Sunday morning services. Click here to find out more our CHILDREN’S MINISTRY.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
Dress comfortably. One of the things you’ll notice about FPC Bethlehem is that we are a very diverse church. You’ll feel right at home wearing anything from sandals to suits.
HOW DO I CONNECT?
If you're new to First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, or have been visiting for a little while, stop by the Narthex or Rotunda where you will meet a Welcome Team member who will be waiting to greet you and hear your story. You can also meet some of our leaders and find out about how you can get connected at FPC Bethlehem.
If you have more questions, visit our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS PAGE.
MUSIc & Worship Arts
Music is at the heart of the worship experience that, together with the Word, provides a genuine opportunity to encounter the holy. At every service, you will see that FPCB is a strong local church with deep roots in liturgy and authentic worship. Click here to learn more about Music and Worship Arts at FPCB.
Special services at FPCB
Communion is served once a month at the services in the Sanctuary and the Kirk Center and weekly in the service in the Chapel.
We offer special worship services for World Communion, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Twice a year–in December and again in May–we offer two Services of Remembrance for families who have recently lost loved ones.