Welcome to First Presbyterian Church in New Orleans!

We are a church with a rich history. Feel free to browse our website and discover more about us. First Presbyterian is an open and affirming congregation that welcomes and encourages all to join us in worship. We are affiliated with the PC(USA).

We are a More Light Congregation which means we welcome all people, all races, and all sexual orientations.

Pledge Dedication Sunday

This Sunday is pledge dedication Sunday. Last week you received a letter and a pledge card in the mail. Some of you stayed after worship last week for a stewardship lunch, in which Steven Strength shared the 2017 end of year financial report, questions were discussed, and those there each had opportunity to name one thing they have learned through their association with First Presbyterian Church. Those learnings were placed on a display board which will be at church on Sunday. You’ll have a chance to add to the comments if you weren’t here. This is what people wrote:


10:15 Teens and adults meet to hide Easter eggs, Children start to gather

10:30 Children’s Easter egg hunt

11:00 Easter Sunday Worship with Communion.
Sermon: “When Is the End Not the End?” Rev. Dr. Ann M. Philbrick

Holy Week at First Presbyterian

Come join us at First Presbyterian as we celebrate Holy Week!

Heart Labyrinth - All week in the church yard at the corner of South Claiborne and Octavia 

The labyrinth will invite you to take a meditative journey into the heart of God during this week in which God’s heart was laid bare for us all. If you are someone who finds your mind wandering when you try to pray, this labyrinth may help you experience prayer in a new way. It will be constructed in the side yard (pumpkin patch) for the whole week. Come as you are able.


Curbside Ashes to Geaux

Curbside Ashes to Geaux at the corner of S. Claiborne and Jefferson from 11:00am-1:00pm and from 4:30-5:30pm. 
Wednesday, February 14 the ashes will be given to people on foot or in cars and will be accompanied by a short prayer for the person receiving ashes. The sanctuary will be open during those times for quiet meditation. 

Mardi Gras Prayer Breakfast

Join us for breakfast and prayer on February 11, the Sunday before Mardi Gras. We will not have 11:00 worship that day, as most people are engaged with parades or hampered by traffic. Instead we will gather at the back of the sanctuary and share fellowship and a simple morning prayer service. Breakfast will be available anytime between 9 and 10; morning prayer will begin at 9:15. Start your day off with your church family, enjoying spiritual and physical sustenance before you join in the city's day of festivities.  

Happy 200th Birthday, FPC!

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the first church service of what would become the First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans. It also marks the arrival of our first pastor, Reverend Sylvester Larned.

Youth outing

The youth had a great time at Highland Presbyterian in Baton Rouge. We created bags for the homeless to hand out to them and we worked in their garden orchard.  The food goes to the food bank down the street.

Polar Express Party (Parents Night Out!)

Polar Express Party (Parents Night Out!) Sunday Dec. 17
First Presbyterian Church 
corner of S. Claiborne Ave. and Jefferson, enter on S. Prieur St.

Children- wear your pajamas and prepare to have fun! Suggested donation is $10.

Drop off is at 4pm. 
(Enter the church through the S. Prieur St. door and go upstairs to the fellowship hall.)
Pickup is 8pm sharp!

We will start the movie around 5pm. Dinner will be cheese pizza. Snacks will include popcorn and hot chocolate, and we might have time for some cookie decorating!

Reconciliation, Racial Equity, and Healing

Today we welcomed new friends from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, to learn more about our shared history surrounding Reverend Benjamin M. Palmer, to think about racial equity, healing, and reconciliation. It was an especially meaningful beginning of Advent, with a sermon given jointly by our own Rev. Dr. Kim Rodrigue and Dr. Noelle Chaddock from Rhodes College.

A First Presbyterian Christmas

Did you know that we recorded a Christmas CD in 2003?

A First Presbyterian Christmas: Music of the Christmas and Advent Seasons, recorded and produced by the members of FPCNO.  Includes live recordings from the sanctuary and also some songs produced in the studio, including piano, guitar, handbells, choir and children's choir and readings.

You can download the whole CD for 9.99, or individual songs for 99 cents each!



Presbyterian Fun Fact

There are about 75 million Reformed/Presbyterian Christians worldwide and about 2.5 million belong to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).


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