Welcome to Old First

A congregation evolving intentionally to serve more people.

Striving to make a difference in people’s lives and in the world, we’re far from finished… or perfect.

Join us on the journey: we can help each other along.

Recent News & Announcements

  • In Thanksgiving for Eleanor’s Life

    Eleanor H. passed away on Christmas Eve. Her sister has handled the arrangements, and no service is planned anytime soon. There may be a graveside service when the weather warms up. But for her church family, that means, we hardly have the opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for her life. Michael thought it might [...]

  • An Invitation to a Reflection/Planning Meeting (at a Promising Moment in Race Relations), Sat., 01.24, 1 to 3 p.m.

    Saturday, January 24, 1 to 3 p.m. in the Social Hall This Saturday, those who participated in POWER’S Anti-racism training will gather with anyone else from our church community who wished to join the conversation (even if you weren’t at the POWER training). The agenda for the conversation will include some reflections on the POWER [...]

  • Adult Forum for Sun., 02.01(rescheduled by the inclement weather): Justice Actions and Recent POWER Efforts

    Come to Adult Forum at 10 on Sunday, Feb. 1, to discuss the ways in we are called to act for justice. We’ll also be discussing the recent actions taken by POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild) in recent months, ranging from the push on the Basic Education Funding Commission to provide public [...]

  • Join us for a potluck (and Annual Meeting), after worship (all are welcome) on January 25th!

    We hope everyone can join us for our Annual Meeting and the Potluck (that feeds and strengthens us for the work we need to do). All are welcome. If you’ll be joining us, please bring a dish to share. Your dish should require no preparation or work in the kitchen. And should be in a [...]

  • A Word of Thanks from Robyn

    (Robyn’s brother, Murray, aged 50, had a massive stroke on Jan. 4 and died a few days later. Our church community took up an offering to help the family with funeral expenses, and in just over a day turn around time, collected about $1400.) Dear Old First Family, My brother’s family of four lovely young [...]

  • See the Church at Work: Annual Meeting after worship on Sun., 01.25

    There always seems to be a lot of mystery around how the church works? Who’s really in charge? Who’s calling the shots? These kind of questions can be, in a less trusting church than Old First, the territory for turn battles and lots of internecine intrigue, family secrets and jealousy. We’re committed to transparency. In [...]