Holy Week at First Presbyterian Church

Maundy Thursday – April 17

7:00 PM Communion Service

Readers’ Theater – “The Lord Is My Shepherd”


Good Friday – April 18

12:00 Noon New Canaan Ecumenical Service

at First Presbyterian Church

Meditation by The Reverend Dr. Anne W. Coffman 


Easter Sunday – April 20

Celebration of the Resurrection

The Reverend Paul E. Gilmore preaching at both services.

9:00 AM Service with Holy Communion

Children's Choirs, English Handbell Choir, First Presbyterian Church Choir

Infant care and Special Children's chapel for Pre-K-5th grade at both services.

11:00 AM Service with Holy Communion

First Presbyterian Church Choir

Festive music for three trumpets and organ at both services.





Safe Church Policies
for Children & Youth
Most every Sunday morning you hear me stand in front of the congregation and tell you that “this is a safe and sacred place…”  We wanted to inform and reassure you that we have put into place safe church policies that are guided by the policies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and reflect current practices nationwide for activities involving minors.  Here are the steps that we have taken to seek to insure the safety of our children and youth. 

·        All children are supervised by at least two adults at all times - in Sunday school, children’s and youth activities,  choir rehearsals, youth group meetings, confirmation classes, and youth overnight retreats, mission trips, and pilgrimages.

·        Infants and toddlers are cared for on Sunday mornings during worship by two or more professional adult babysitters who have undergone thorough background checks.

·        Youth participating in overnight retreats or events are supervised by at least one adult of each gender.

·        All adult chaperones of overnight trips will undergo a standard background check.

·        It is our practice to maintain a smaller youth-to-chaperone ratio than is required by the hosting organization during our pilgrimages and mission trips.

·        Ordained pastors, elders, deacons, and Stephen Ministers are considered mandated reporters by the Presbyterian Church (USA), as well as the state, and are charged with reporting any concerns immediately.

These measures contribute to the safe and sacred place that is First Presbyterian Church.  We appreciate your understanding and support of our safe church policies.  Together we will provide for the well-being of our children and youth, truly make this a sanctuary where all God’s children will not only be safe but will flourish. 

Grace & Peace,

Paul & Kibbie













Friday, April 25




6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

JOIN US! You’ll have fun!

Break the ice and get to know fellow FPCNC members at an informal gathering at a host house.

Guests will bring appetizers and something to drink to share.

Those who sign-up will be assigned a home to go to.


It’s a great way to meet people and to re-connect with friends.

RSVP to Tina at 203-966-0002, tina@fpcnc.org, or on the sign-up sheet in Bliss Hallway.



Spring Inquirers’ Class on Sunday, May 4 at 11:30 a.m. in the Music Room. Whether you have been a regular visitor and would like to join the church, or are new to FPC and want to find out more, please come to our Inquirers Class. Come hear from the Pastor and church representatives and pose any questions you might have. Childcare and supper will be provided. RSVP to Tina in the Church office (203-966-0002).  New members will be presented to the Congregation on Sunday, June 8.














































           ADULT EDUCATION      



Spring 2014

April  16           Spring Break                       


April 23            Gospel Beginnings and Endings: Matthew 28

                        - Reverend Mary Thies

April 30            Gospel Beginnings and Endings: Luke 24

May 7               Gospel Beginnings and Endings: John 21


Storytellers know the importance of an attention-grabbing opening.  “Once upon a time…” alerts a reader that something fantastical is coming. Good endings, too, are important.  “Happily ever after…” ties the story up with a bright bow.  The gospel writers were talented storytellers who set out their purposes in the beginnings of their accounts of the Jesus and bequeathed challenges to the church with their endings.  Over eight weeks, we will consider the beginnings and endings of the four gospels to discover these and discover afresh the most important story of all as told by four storytellers.