Worship is the heart of the church's life and ongoing ministry. However, the corona virus pandemic has affected for the time being how we worship. On June 21, for the first time since the disease halted worship services after Mar. 15, First Presbyterian Church opened its sanctuary to worshipers. Each Sunday forward, we will strive to continue worship services as long as they can be conducted safely.
The First Presbyterian Church of Commerce welcomes all who come to worship the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Our worship service, as currently organized, will begin at 11 a.m. each Sunday. It will be a shortened and modified service, with social distancing, face coverings, and hand sanitation enforced to keep worshipers as safe as possible. As conditions allow, our plan calls for gradual resumption of normal worship.
For the time being, due to health concerns, our children's nursery, Sunday School and the Sacrament of Communion, which we hold dear, will not be held.
For further infomation or to speak with our pastor, please call the church at 886-3783.
Because of Covid-19's dire threat to our health, the First Presbyterian Church of Commerce has put on hold our nursery and Sunday School classes until further notice. However, to give you a perspective, we have left the following information on our website so that you can see what we will have when our restrictions are lifted.
Pre-school and Elementary Class
Our young children’s class focuses on the studies of the Bible using creative concepts and materials to inform and enhance their learning experiences about God, Jesus Christ and our church seasons such as Christmas (Advent), Easter (Lent) and Pentecost.
Middle School Class
The Middle School Class is primarily, but not exclusively, for ages 8-14. When it is resumed, it will be with a new, as yet unnamed, teacher. Our class meets in the church library.
The University Class
The University Class was formed in the early 1970’s primarily by church members associated with the University in some way. Today, individuals from their 40’s to early seventies are in the class and most are not associated with the University. However, individuals of all ages are welcome.
The class focuses on Bible Study as set forth in The Present Word Bible Study Service. Class discussion centers on the Holy Scriptures and the guidance they provide in our daily, contemporary lives. Class members are heavily involved in other church organizations and activities
The Co-Workers Class follows the guided study from The Present Word. The class meets in the Parlor and welcomes any and all visitors to
At First Presbyterian Church of Commerce, there has been a very active Presbyterian Women's group. When the current pandemic declines enough to allow meetings to be safely held, the PW Circle will resume meeting for fellowship and Bible Study on most months, normally on the second Monday at 10 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Horizons Bible Study materials are currently used. Guests are always welcome.
In addition to Bible Study, the PW ladies promote fellowship among the women of the congregation by hosting a fall luncheon, ususally in September, and an addtiional luncheon in May. Other special events are also planned. Some of these events have included progressive dinners, trips to take in cultural facilities in nearby towns, and book share evening.
Members of our PW are active in service to our church and community. Many volunteer at local organizations. One special local project is sewing fleece baby caps for the newborn nursery at Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville. Our Presbyterian Women's Circle also supports mission projects through Grace Presbytery.
The Commerce Food Pantry is housed at the First Presbyterian Church in Commerce and is staffed solely by community volunteers. Those interested in donating canned goods and dry goods are welcome to drop off their donations during the church office business hours. Monetary donations are also accepted and a receipt will be given if requested. You may also purchase pre-packaged bags of food from Brookshire’s Grocery located at 1603 Culver Street in Commerce. Food Pantry volunteers will see that these bags are delivered to the Pantry distribution center at the church each week.
The Commerce Food Pantry is open to those individuals and families in need most Thursdays from 2 pm – 4 p.m.The coronavirus threatening us all has not stopped the Commerce Food Pantry. It continues to serve the needs of Commerce and surrounding communities. Please contact the church office at (903) 886-3783 for more detailed information.