Welcome! Whether you've just moved to Sylva, are just visiting, or have lived here your entire life, we're glad you're here and welcome you to join us as we seek to know and follow Jesus Christ.
This page has some basic information about our life together. Scroll down to read more. Better yet, give us a call or drop by the church to get to know us in person.
We gather every Sunday morning for study, prayer, worship, and fellowship. Our Sunday School classes meet at 9:45 a.m. in various locations. Our Worship Service begins at 11:00 a.m. in the church sanctuary, which is on the left as you walk through the church's main entrance. We encourage you to wear what is comfortable for you.
Childcare is available from 9:45-12:15 on Sunday mornings. We have a nursery for ages newborn-2 and a preschool room for ages 2-3. Both are located down the hallway to the left of the Fellowship Hall.
We also have various midweek activities throughout the year, such as Soaking Prayer on Tuesday nights, Pilates on Wednesdays and Fridays, and Family Night Supper on the first Wednesdays of the month. Take a look at our church calendar for a full schedule of events.
What's a Presbyterian?
Presbyterians are Christians. We share faith with all who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. To be Presbyterian is simply to be committed to a particular way of living out that faith in community. The word "Presbyterian" means elder, so we are a congregation governed by elders in connection with other similar churches.
What's our history?
First Presbyterian Church began when a group of people met for Bible Study in a home in Sylva. Like the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts, God was on the move drawing people together. This group spread into other homes and buildings before formally organizing on June 4, 1941. Over 75 years later, we’re still meeting together. Much has happened in the meantime: folks have come and gone, our sanctuary has expanded, our town has grown. But one thing has stayed as constant as the Plott Balsam mountains: our commitment to love one another, to love our community, and to love Jesus Christ, who first loved us.