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.

Program of Hope Year End Summary 2014

In 2014, the Program of Hope served over three thousand people.  Every Wednesday morning volunteers open our sanctuary to create a compassionate and nurturing environment and provide participants with overnight vouchers to the Salvation Army, clothing, counseling, spiritual care, meals, job placement, resume assistance, bus tokens, and much more.

Christian Unity Ecumenical Prayer Service

Monday night Pastor Fred Powell and Deacon Dave Capasso attended the Week of Christian Unity Ecumenical Prayer Service at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.  It was a gathering of Orthodox and Protestant clergy from throughout the greater New Orleans area to pray for Christian unity. 

Honoring Retiring Clerk of Session Steven Strength

Pastor Fred and Steven Strength

This past Sunday, January 19, we honored Steven Strength, our long-standing Clerk of Session who faithfully served in that role for five years. Thanks Steven!

Pastor Fred presetned Steven with a plaque and a bottle of champage.  

MLK Day Bead Sorting Paw-ty

This coming Monday the members and friends of First Presbyterian will be honoring the memory of Martin Luther King by hosting a Bead Sorting Paw-ty service project to support the local charity Save-an-Angel.  The Fellowship Hall at FPCNO will be open Monday (MLK Day) at from 10 am until 2 pm to sort Mardi Gras beads which will then be sold to raise money for this fantastic charity which rescues pets in need of medical attention.  

Bring a friend and join in as we support animal rescue, recycling, fellowship, and teamwork.  


Epiphany Stars of all Kinds

It is not unusual in New Orleans to find people enthusiasitcally celebrating Epiphany, and we are no different at First Presbyterian. We have a long standing tradition of distributingout Epiphany stars. The stars are simple paper cut outs with a stick pin attached that contains a Christian attribute. Everyone in the attendance that day chooses their star from the dish. The stars are placed face down so each star is chosen at random to give an element of surprise.

The Best Dance Floor in New Orleans

The Fellowship Hall has been called the "Best Dance Floor in New Orleans" by Argentine Tango instructor Ector Gutierrez.  He is an accomplished dancer and instructor and he should know.  He holds classes at two other locations in New Orleans and use our Fellowship Hall on Friday nights and for special events.  

Caroling with the Bells

BELL CAROLING! Bells, songs and a party afterwards!

Gather Monday, Dec 15, at 6 pm at the backdoor of the church on S. Prieur St.  We will walk around the neighborhood until 8pm and then return to the church for refreshments and merriment.  Caroling around the neighborhood has been a tradition at First Presbyterian for over 10 years!

NO experience necessary but knowing popular Christmas songs is helpful.  

The Giving (Christmas) Tree

Have you heard the story of the magnificent tree that is in the church yard at First Presbyterian? Gather round children, and I will tell you the story.  Once upon a time there was a family that lived on a farm in Mississippi and they had lots of trees growing all over their property. There was one exceptionally beautiful Leyland cypress tree that was in exactly the wrong place and it had to be cut down. The family was sad to cut down such a beautiful tree, especially so close to Christmas. They wanted to find a way to save the tree.

Christmas Photo Backdrop is Open to the Public!

Have you driven by the church and noticed the enormous Christmas Tree that is in the yard?  

Greening of the Sanctuary

Thanks to the team who assembled our Christmas Tree on Saturday. It is ready for the Lessons and Carols Service on December 14 when we will decorate it with Christmon ornaments and collaboratively decorate the rest of the sanctuary with garlands and greenery.  Al of this while we will hear the story of Jesus in 6 short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books, and Gospels, interspersed with singing of carols, hymns & choir music.  



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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