Going deeper at church requires authentic relationships.  In bigger churches, it is easy to get lost in the crowd.  FPC encourages everyone to find a way to connect with other members to "share the journey and grow the faith."


Take a moment to look through some of our options below.  If any of them look like a way you would like to connect, let us know by using the form at the bottom of the page, or by contacting the office or ministry leaders directly.


Faith Formation Groups 

Faith Formation can mean a lot of different things. It can mean Sunday School, Mid-Week Bible studies, Prayer groups, learning spiritual practices and more!  Some of our groups have been meeting together for a long time.  Other groups are short term commitments of 4-8 weeks.  Whether you are looking for an established group or a short-term commitment, all of our groups are open and welcoming of new people. 

Contact any of our pastors to talk about what you are looking for and we will be glad to help match you and introduce you to someone in the group to get started.  For a complete list of our established groups, please visit the Education and Spiritual Formation page here. NEEDS LINK

Families at First

Families at First is designed for parents of school age children to provide fellowship and spiritual support.  During the pandemic, this gathering is often by Zoom, but when the weather warms up we like to gather outside. The group is led by Rev. Karen Jackson and her husband Rev. Rob Jackson who are also parents of school-age children.

House Churches

FPC "House Churches" are informal small groups throughout the congregation.  Each house church is different, but it is common that they are about a dozen people who gather once a month at someone's house, usually for a meal and some fellowship.  This is a great way to get to know a group of people in a casual setting and develop deeper friendships.  If you are interested in joining a house church, please contact Rev. Amanda Hines who can offer you a few different options and connect you with a house church leader.

Youth Group

(Grades 6-12)

The mission of our Youth Group is to serve others, grow in our faith and to enjoy fellowship with each other. This mission has been occurring regularly and noticeably throughout this past year due to the enthusiasm, excitement and dedication of its members and its leaders. Our program has established itself as an open and inviting place to join for members and non-members.  

Pre-Youth: Fab Fridays

Each month, 4th and 5th graders gather on Friday night to get a taste of what youth group will be like.  Fun, games and of course reflections help our kids know just how great it is going to be in youth group!

For the latest announcements and activity schedules for Youth and Pre-Youth groups, please visit the Youth Ministry blog here

Presbyterian Women 

Presbyterian Women (PW) is an organization of women throughout the Presbyterian Church (USA) with groups in congregations, presbyteries, synods and church-wide.  Here at First Presbyterian Church, we have several groups called "circles" which meet for fellowship and Bible study.  If you would like more information on the Presbyterian Women organization, please visit our national website here.  If you are interested in becoming a part of one of our FPC groups, please contact Kim Bell, our PW President or any other active member.

Men of the Church (MoC)

Monthly Breakfast

At 7:00 am on the first Tuesday of each month (except July and August), the MoC gather at a local restaurant for breakfast and a devotion. 

UKIRK (meaning University Church) is a network of ministries supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA) charged with reaching, loving, and teaching college students so that they may be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.  UKirk of Eastern North Carolina is supported by a group of local PC(USA) churches, First Presbyterian Church being among them.

UKIRK is open to all people, places, and experiences, because, as it has been stated, collegiate ministry is a lot of things, and we just can’t miss out on any of it!

UKIRK of East Carolina meets most Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church from 6-8pm. Contact us at

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