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As a church, we are a worshiping community, learning through the study and practice of following Christ, growing in faith and understanding, and serving others - in our community and beyond.

First Presbyterian Church (FPC) was founded in 1872 in the Helena gold camps.  We have been celebrating services in our current location for more than 140 years.  FPC is part of the Reformed branch of the Christian Church, following the Reformation leaders John Calvin and John Knox.  Other Christian denominations include other Protestant churches (such as Lutheran and Methodist), Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Pentecostalism.  

We will deepen our personal relationship with Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Our tradition seeks to understand relationship with God from the perspective of the Godís Word; Godís self-revelation through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.  We believe that Jesus provides the key to grasping who God is, who we are, and what it means to have a personal relationship with God. We believe that people of good character and good will often read the bible and come away with different understandings - and thatís okay. We learn from one another in our comprehensions of Godís revelation of self through the words of the Old and New Testaments, and the Holy Spiritís actions in our lives.

We will proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people through our words and works.

We believe that all of life can be transformed by a vital personal faith, and we seek to explore the specific ways this transformation might be nurtured and expressed.  As such, we welcome any and all people looking to learn and grow in God through his son Jesus.  We seek to foster a comfortable, casual and non-judgmental environment that allows for questions and exploration.

We will love and respect, support and uplift one another in our faith community, reflecting the love of Christ in all we say and do.

St. Francis of Assisi said, ďPreach the Gospel at all times; when necessary use words.Ē Along these lines, FPC seeks to be a community that welcomes all people into this adventure of discovery. We try to avoid labels (conservative, progressive, fundamentalist, etc.) and seek instead to focus on faith in Jesus and the mission to which he calls his followers. Questions are welcomed; our faith deepens through asking and exploring questions. We, both individually and corporately, seek what the Holy Spirit reveals as we embrace ours, and others, questions.

We invite you to join us for worship and see what we are about and what the congregation is like.  Attending worship for several weeks allows you to get a feel for what church is all about, as well as get to know the personality of the congregation and leadership. Once you feel ready, you can talk with the pastor or any other church member about other ways you might get involved.



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