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Mission Statement

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First Presbyterian…Who Are We?

The downtown First Presbyterian Church, founded in 1851, is a richly diverse group of people from both city and suburbs, committed to ministry to and with the people of the City of Hartford.

We are building a warm and caring community that spiritually nurtures people in worship, education, fellowship and active involvement in mission.

We believe that the Church is called to reflect the kingdom of God which embraces all believers. We invite, accept and welcome into our membership and leadership people who differ by age, race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, family status, economic situation and theological viewpoint. This diverse group energetically and cooperatively participates in the life of this congregation, its mission and its leadership.

We are committed to our Presbyterian traditions of representative government and reformed theology, while open to working collaboratively in mission and ministry with other faith traditions.

We are a diverse community of faith, a multi-ethnic and welcoming congregation engaged in the world and seeking thoughtful solutions to the challenges of our time.

Founded in 1851, First Presbyterian Church is also a founding and supporting member of Hands On Hartford, formerly Center City Churches, Inc. Our youth and adults are active in many of its programs. Individual church members also serve on the board. First Presbyterian Church supports this urban ministry that seeks to "respond faithfully to people in need through programs that change lives and renew human possibility." Click here to read more about the church's outreach.

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Our efforts are biblically based and historically appropriate...adapted to newly emerging needs and to changing relationships. Our witness, corporately and individually, is rooted in the gospel ministries of preaching, teaching and healing and in Christ's example of advocacy for the poor, the hungry and the oppressed. The Presbyterian Church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike. More than two million people call the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) their spiritual home. Worshiping in 10,000 Presbyterian congregations throughout the United States, they engage the communities in which they live and serve with God's love." To learn more, click here to visit PC (USA).

Here are some other documents and links that pertain to our Church:
The Book of Confessions
The Book of Order
Presbytery of Southern New England Website