Worship is the heart of the church's life and ongoing ministry. At First Presbyterian Church of Commerce, we worship as a community to come and draw from the wellsprings of life we have found in God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our worship is created in ccaordance to the guidance given in the Book of Common Worship and the Directory of Worship (part of our Book of Order). As reformed Christians, we seek to have worship be orderly in content but joyful and spirit-filled. Our traditional service uses the common lectionary of the Presbyterian Church for our scripture readings. We encourage people to be a part of the service by being lay readers, and serving as greeters and members of our choir. Children can participate in the service as candle lighters.
We celebrate the Sacrament of Communion on the first Sunday of the month and on other important days of the Christian calendar. In addition to Sunday worship, we have services on Christmas Eve, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and when our session (governing body) feels it is appropriate.
The First Presbyterian Church of Commerce welcomes all who come to worship the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. A nursery is provided for children in first grade and under.
For further infomation or to speak with our pastor, please call the church at 886-3783.
Coffee and breakfast pastries are available each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall prior to Sunday School.
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 taught by Bettina Zvanut. Ages 8 – 14 are welcome. (Actually, we’ll take any age!) In September, 2013, we began a year’s overview of the Bible and are concentrating on the first five books of the Old Testament for the first few Sundays. In addition to Bible study, our class enjoys experimenting with art forms such as stained glass mosaics, African thumb pianos and ceramics. We are also active in mission-giving and have recently raised funds to help schools in Haiti. We have volunteered locally this year by creating and tending flower beds at Oak Manor Nursing Home in Commerce. 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
Under the leadership of retired history professor Mr. Joe Fred Cox, 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 join them.
At First Presbyterian Church of Commerce, there is a very active Presbyterian Women's group. The PW Circle meets 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 oour 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 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. Please contact the church office at (903) 886-3783 for more detailed information.