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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can we park?

A: Parking is available in private and public lots around the church as well as on Capitol Avenue and in the church's parking lot on the east side of the building.

Q: What is the best entrance into the building?

A: The front doors to the sanctuary and the red door to the office/educational wing are open on Capitol Avenue every Sunday. Handicap accessible entry is available through a ramped entrance on Capitol Avenue. During weekdays, only the office/educational wing door is used as an entry and you will need to press the buzzer to enter.

Q: What is worship like?

A: All of our services feature scripture reading, preaching, prayer, and music. You will be invited to stand, sing, pray, greet your neighbor, be in silence, or read responsively. Our worship is grounded in our Reformed, Presbyterian roots and flavored with a contemporary, global perspective that reflects our diverse, multi-cultural congregation. The Lord's Supper or Eucharist is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. Our communion table is open. All are welcome at God's table because scripture tells us Jesus never turned anyone away from table fellowship with him. Each Sunday we end our worship with a blessing and sending forth because the reason we gather together is to be sent out again into the world, refreshed in spirit and inspired to become more like Christ in welcoming, serving, and loving all people.

Q: What kind of music can we expect?

A: We sing a variety of musical styles from classic church hymns to contemporary choruses and global songs. Our hymns and songs are accompanied by our pipe organ and piano. Our adult choir usually will sing an anthem. Occasionally we will have soloists, vocal ensembles, or instrumental music

Q: Do children participate in the whole worship service?

A: Children are present for the first part of worship on the second through last Sundays of the month. After the children's message, they leave for Christian education class. On the first Sunday of each month, they stay in worship for communion. Children are encouraged to receive the bread and cup. For infants and toddlers, we provide childcare with a paid nursery supervisor as well as a volunteer assistant every Sunday from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.

Q: Do you have a coffee hour or fellowship time on Sunday?

A: Coffee and refreshments are available both before and after our 10:30 a.m. worship. We invite you to stay for coffee and make some new friends. Coffee Hour is held in Hodge Hall which is immediately behind the sanctuary, through the doors to the right of the pulpit, font, and table.

Q: How do I get involved?

A: We know what God is doing at First Presbyterian Church is special.  And we want you to have a part in it. We want you to connect with the people you go to church with and build relationships and community.

We emphasize participation more than membership. So there are many ways to join in what we’re doing whether you are a member or not.  Finding community within a church can be tricky! But we have lots of choices. Here are some suggestions to get started.

1) Pick something you want to try. Service, Study, Fellowship. What sounds most intriguing? Our bulletin and weekly e-newsletter contain information about events, groups, and service opportunities. Some are one-time events; others are ongoing. 
2) Get started!  Contact a group leader, the pastors, or the church office and jump in. Most groups have open and fluid membership and would welcome your participation.
3) Stay committed! Community doesn't happen overnight. It takes time and effort.


Q: Will worship be cancelled due to bad weather?

A: Cancelations are rare, but the most important thing to remember is that whether or not we cancel our service, if YOU feel uncomfortable driving, DON'T DO IT! You alone are the best judge of whether it is safe to come out or not. In the event that we need to cancel our Sunday service, we will announce the closing early on Sunday morning on WTIC radio 1080 and WFSB-TV channel 3 and NBC Connecticut channel 30. During the week, the church offices will follow the closing and delay schedule of the Hartford Public Schools.