No matter where you are in your faith journey, we want to help you grow, to experience God’s grace and to join us as we worship together.
We know we can worship God anytime, anywhere, but Sunday mornings are when we regularly worship, praise and pray together. On Sundays, we give ourselves time – time to connect with God and one another, and time to open ourselves to the transforming love of Christ, our Lord. Then, we are sent out to live what we have seen and heard—to be God’s people in this broken yet beautiful world that Jesus loves.
Our 8:30 a.m. Contemporary service tilts toward a more informal style of worship with music, singing, prayer, and teaching. It’s an intergenerational community made up of all types of wonderful people.
Our 11:00 a.m. Traditional service incorporates the traditional order of worship that God’s people have been using for centuries and features the First Pres Chancel Choir. It’s a beautiful service of liturgy, traditional hymns, and transformative preaching.
Children are always welcome in our services, while nursery care is also available.
Between services, the learning together continues with classes for all ages.
When a month has five Sundays, on the fifth Sunday of the month our two services come together for one combined, blended service at 11:00 a.m.
The people of God sing. Music and song play a vital role in the life of God’s people. At First Pres, we strive to bring glory to God through a variety of music styles. If you enjoy fellowship, praising God through music, and have a music interest, you are more than welcome to join us.
Our upbeat, intergenerational Praise Band helps lead us in worship during our 8:30 AM Contemporary Service. Please contact our Praise Band Director for more information.
Our Chancel Choir helps lead us in worship during our 11 a.m. Traditional Service, Sept-May. We rehearse every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please contact our Chancel Choir Director for more information
Handbells bring the magical tone of bells to worship with remarkable energy, timing and unity. Our Agape Ringers Handbell Choir rings once a month approximately ten times a year. Practice is Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Contact our Bell Choir Director for more information.
All our members who wish to receive communion should be able to do so. That’s why we have a team of Deacons and Elders who have been trained to serve Extended Communion to our homebound members. If you are currently homebound and would like to receive communion, please contact the office to let us know!
We all need prayer. Prayer is a primary way we connect with God and grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus. In prayer, we talk to God and listen for God’s still, small voice in return. If you would like someone to pray with or for you, we invite you to reach out to one of our pastors or prayer ministers or submit a prayer request to our prayer chain.
If you would like to receive prayer for any need, or you would like to pray with someone in person, we are here for you. During the week please stop by or call the office at 582-9537. On Sunday mornings just let an usher, a pastor, or an Information Island volunteer know that you would like to receive prayer or pray with someone. We have a prayer room off the foyer, right beside the main doors, and we consider it a privilege to pray with/for you.
A group of folks at First Pres regularly pray for those who have submitted prayer requests to our Prayer Chain. Prayer requests are kept confidential if requested. Requests for prayer can be sent to Prayer@kfpc.org. If you would like to subscribe to the prayer chain so that you can join with others in praying over these requests, please send a message to the same email above.
Our Daily Bread Daily Devotionals
Sweeter Than Honey
by Patricia Raybon on May 26, 2020 at 12:00 am
His topic was racial tension. Yet the speaker remained calm and collected. Standing on stage before a large audience, he spoke boldly—but with grace, humility, kindness, and even humor. Soon the tense audience visibly relaxed, laughing along with the speaker about the dilemma they all faced: how to resolve their hot issue, but cool down their feelings and words. Yes, how to tackle a sour topic with sweet grace. King Solomon advised this same approach for all of us: “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24). In this way, “The hearts of the wise make . . . their lips promote instruction” (v. 23). Why would a powerful king like Solomon devote time to addressing how we speak? Because words can destroy. During Solomon’s time, kings relied on messengers for information about their nations, and calm and reliable messengers were highly valued. They used prudent words and reasoned tongues, not overreacting or speaking harshly, no matter the issue. We all can benefit by gracing our opinions and thoughts with godly and prudent sweetness. In Solomon’s words, “To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue” (v. 1).
The Christian faith is not intended to be lived in isolation; we were made for relationship with God and for relationship with each other.
Your child’s relationship with God matters. That’s why we offer Children’s Worship and Kids Sunday Morning Small Groups, a mid-week program called Kids In Action, and a Vacation Bible School (VBS) that kids look forward to all year. Our programs work together to help kids know God’s love for them and live it out. Your child will love the fun, meaningful Children’s Ministry here at First Pres – and so will you!
Be sure to register for VBS!
Our trained nursery staff care for God’s littlest ones, sharing God’s love with children ages 3 months – 3 years. Nursery care is provided on Sunday mornings and for many special events. Of course, you are always welcome to keep your little one(s) with you – we welcome the “joyful noises” of children in worship!
Children, ages 4 years – 2nd grade, are invited to Children’s Worship part way through our 8:30 am service. Children’s Worship includes an engaging, age-appropriate Bible lesson and creative response time. On the first Sunday of the month, children stay in worship throughout the service to allow families time to worship together.
Throughout the school year, children, ages 4 years – 5th grade, meet during our Sunday School hour in age/grade level groups for a short time of worship followed by an engaging Bible lesson.
Our Kids in Action Group is a fast pace energetic program that meets on Wednesday nights through most of the school year from 5:30 -7:00 p.m.. Kids, kindergarten – 5th grade, serve, play and learn together to make themselves and the world better.
To register your child for Kids in Action or any of our other Children’s Ministry programs or activities, please complete the Registration and Release Form and return to our Director of Children’s and Family Ministry.
We are committed to nurturing the faith lives of children within the context of their families. We partner with parents to provide the tools and resources you need to guide your child’s faith formation at home. We also offer opportunities throughout the year for families to participate in worship, service, and seasonal family-friendly events together.
Kennewick Noah’s Ark Preschool LLC is a privately administered ministry of Kennewick First Presbyterian Church. The staff at Kennewick Noah’s Ark Preschool are passionate about their love for and dedication to children. It is their desire that each child’s positive preschool experience will help create a firm foundation and love of learning that will last a lifetime. For more information see: http://kennewicknoahsarkpreschool.webs.com/.
First Pres is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all children and youth who participate in programs and events sponsored by our church. Our Child and Youth Protection Policy reflects our commitment to preserving this church as a holy place of safety and protection for all and as a place in which all people can experience the love of God.
Our volunteers and staff interacting with minors:
- Have cleared a national and state background check
- Are trained in recognizing child abuse and neglect
- Must be an outstanding member of the congregation for at least 6 months
Our youth ministry offers a combination of hang out and fun, worship and Bible study, question-asking and dreaming, and plenty of time to develop positive and meaningful Christian relationships. Through Sunday School and Confirmation, our mid-hi and high school youth groups, retreats, mission projects and trips, we focus on inviting students into a relationship with God and challenging them to follow Jesus in all aspects of their lives.
Youth meet during our Sunday School hour (9:45 to 10:45 a.m.) for a Christ-centered lesson and focused discipleship. Mid-hi and high school students meet separately to study the Bible and discuss how Scripture relates to their lives.
Young Believers (YBs) meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday. YB’s is a weekly opportunity for middle school students to experience community in a safe and loving environment, have fun, meet Jesus, and grow and thrive in their relationships with God and each other. We also serve our community by participating in a variety of mission opportunities. Dinner is provided! Invite your friends!!!
YBs meets in the First Pres Center, enter through the back doors on the south side of the church. Check our youth calendar for more details.
Living Your Faith Everyday (LYFE) meets from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. every Sunday. LYFE is a weekly opportunity for high school students to experience community in a safe and loving environment, grow in their relationship with Jesus, and gain some of the practical tools they need to thrive as young Christ-followers in today’s world. At LYFE, we have fun, dive deep into how our faith connects to our lives, and serve our community by participating in a variety of mission opportunities. Dinner is provided! Invite your friends!!!
LYFE meets in the First Pres Center, enter through the back doors on the south side of the church. Check our youth calendar for more details.
None of our youth ministry programming is possible without parental support! We encourage parents to get involved and volunteer in our youth ministry. Transportation and help preparing meals are always needed.
To stay informed about what is going on, please make an account at www.kidcheck.com and register under Kennewick First Presbyterian Church. We send emails and texts through this service.
To register your student for YB’s, LYFE, or any of our other Youth Ministry programs or activities, please complete the Registration and Release Form and return to our Director of Student Ministries.
Both our mid-hi and high school youth groups meet in the First Pres Center, enter through the back doors on the south side of the church.
Grow in your faith with us!
First Pres has a strong tradition of offering educational opportunities for adults of all ages. We explore a wide range of topics related to faith in our Adult Education classes. We go deep in our engagement with God’s word in our Bible Studies. We develop deep-rooted relationships with God and each other in our various Small Groups. At First Pres, our Adult Education offerings, Bible Studies, and Small Groups are not just about education, but about transformation! Join us as together we grow in faith.
Throughout the year, First Pres offers gatherings and events for adults to have a chance to connect, grow in faith, and have fun. We welcome you to join us!
We offer a variety of adult classes Sept – May, during the Sunday School hour and the Wednesday midweek program
These are our current offerings:
Sundays starting September 8
9:45 – 10:45 AM
Animate Faith, led by Pastor Ashley Birk
Interrupting Silence, led by Bob Merriman & John LaFemina
New Members Class, led by Pastor Hanna P. Shearer
Sundays Starting September 15
9:45 – 10:45 AM
ADULT MIDWEEK STUDY – The Tech Wise Family, led by Pastor Ashley Birk
Wednesdays starting September 18
6-7 PM – Fireside Room
We offer a number of Bible Studies, co-ed, men’s and women’s, throughout the year.
Thursday Morning Bible Study
10 – 11 a.m. in the Library, Sept – May
Each week, this co-ed group studies the upcoming Sunday morning’s sermon text. Come join the conversation! Facilitated by the pastors.
Men’s Bible Studies
- Wednesday Morning Men’s Breakfast Study – 7 a.m. at Cousins
- Friday Morning Men’s Breakfast Study – 7 a.m. at IHOP
Women’s Bible Studies
- Monday Ladies’ Night Out – 6:30 p.m. (2nd Monday of the month) in the Fireside Room
- Presbyterian Women’s Tuesday Morning Circle – 9:30 a.m. (2nd Tuesday of the month) in the South Alcove
- Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study – 9 a.m. in Rm 109
- Friday Morning Women’s Book Club – 9 a.m. in the Fireside Room
Being in a small group is a great way to experience community and grow spiritually. Here at First Pres we offer a variety of small groups: women’s, men’s, co-ed, and support groups. We’d love to help you find or build a group that is a great fit for you!
Learn more about our Bible Studies and Small groups!
Our congregational care ministries are designed to offer the love and care of Christ through support, wisdom, and counsel.
Our Deacons minister to people who are in need; the sick, the hurting, and people in distress both inside and outside the church family. Deacons are elected for a three-year term, and are assigned to a geographical Parish. They get to know the congregants in their Parish, but also care for anyone in need. Our Deacons administer the Deacon’s Fund. They also offer special care to members of our congregation during times of birth, death, illness or transition. Some of our Deacons are trained to serve communion to our homebound members.
If you would like to be connected with a parish deacon, please contact the front office so we can connect you!
We are a Stephen Ministry congregation. Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry. Stephen Leaders equip and empower lay caregivers – called Stephen Ministers – to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
If you are interested in being trained to be a Stephen Minister, or if you are in need of a Stephen Minister, please contact one of our pastors so we can connect you to a Stephen Leader.
For more information about Stephen Ministry, visit https://www.stephenministries.org
Serve The World
We serve because Jesus first served us. Through service we glorify God, care for others and participate in God’s work as we fearlessly venture into this community and beyond.
We host a yearly Backpack Giveaway and a Trunk or Treat for our neighborhood. We also partner with local organizations who are making a real difference to offer regular opportunities for First Pres members and friends to serve our community together. We invite you to get involved and discover how God can use you to transform the Tri-Cities!
At Westgate, the majority of students are coming from poverty. Many of them are coming from different cultures, climates, and with very different expectations than those of the Kennewick School District.
Christ has opened the door at our adopted Westgate in 2018 to include distribution of fall jackets for students that are without. Plans are in place for asking the kind hearts at First Pres to help provide winter jackets and a few items for the Westgate nursing staff. Many of the staff of Westgate are buying snacks for children that may be missing dinner at night and becoming nutritionally challenged. We will may have the opportunity to show His love by providing healthy snacks to be given on as needed basis. We are also working on a plan of decreasing absenteeism and tardiness with the purchase of a limited number of alarm clocks.
With Christ leading us we are humbled by the way he is using First Pres to share with his most innocent, the children of Westgate Elementary.
Homework Helpers work with Westgate kids (kindergarten through grade 5) two mornings a week before school.
Our goal is to boost the kids’ academic skills while extending Christ’s heart and hands to them. We help kids with spelling words, math facts, worksheets, and reading. We frequently give them books they can keep. And we let them know they matter!
It’s a challenge! Approximately 25 different languages are spoken in Westgate homes – Swahili, Somalian, Kenyan, Burmese, Syrian, Russian, Moldovan, Iraqi, Spanish, Thailand, Hispanic, English, etc.
Westgate is a World Relief school –refugees are settled nearby
We believe we honor Christ when we work with these precious children—It’s truly Holy Ground.
Trailseekers is an outreach mission supported by First Presbyterian Church. The program provides working solutions to the many problems facing at-risk children in our community.
We stress a one on one approach to intervention solidly grounded in teaching Christian principles. We believe that a relationship with God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, will bring to the lives of these children the love, peace, and security they so desperately need. Trailseekers meets every Monday after school during the school year. In the summer each child in the program has a camping experience.
The Orcas Encampment is the beginning of Trailseekers. Each June, 42 little boys, ages 5 to 8 years are referred to the encampment and spend a week at Camp Moran on Orcas Island.
These children are paired with a mentor who serves as the child’s spiritual guide for that week.
Upon completion of the camp, the boys become Trailseekers and an ongoing relationship with each child and his family begins. In the fall, the campers and their brothers and sisters can participate in the Monday program, and volunteers work with their families to help meet their
First Presbyterian Church has been deeply committed to this mission for 29 years. Please visit the Trailseeker website for more information. trailseekerswa.org
At First Pres, we want to be strategic about how we use the financial resources God has given us to further God’s mission in the world. Our Mission Partners are local, regional, and global organizations we financially support due to their alignment with our values and the positive impact they are making for the sake of the Gospel in the communities they serve.