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

  • Two Old Firsters Being Honored!

    It’s become a tradition at POWER’s “Voices of POWER” benefit concert that leaders from the organization and the community are honored for their contributions to making Philadelphia a city of opportunity that works for all. This year, POWER is honoring two Old Firsters: Stirling Schwiebert in memoriam and Hannah Cartwright. The pages Old First has [...]

  • Thank God for Sick Days & Hard Earned Victories

    February has been rough. For two solid weeks I was sick, missing three days of work and pushing through a lot more miserable days, or leaving early when it just wasn’t working. I know many of you have also caught bugs in the last few months (thanks winter!) and if you’re like me and you [...]

  • 2 More Chances to begin the Sacred Conversation on Race. Or Participate in our Daily Bible Study “Faith on Race.”

    A whole bunch of Old Firsters met in people’s homes last Wednesday night. We began breaking the taboo and talking about race and racism. And asking our questions. And listening to others’ experiences. If you could not join on of the housemeetings, you have two more opportunities to participate: This Sunday, March 1, after worship, [...]

  • Donated Resources for Lenten Focus on Racism and Equality

    Geneva, cleaning out some stuff at home, remembered our Lenten focus on a Sacred Conversation on Race. So she went through culling her books, and has given the church a number of titles that relate to issues of race. If anyone wishes to do some extra reading on the subjects, all these books will be [...]

  • Praying for the Guests at our Saturday Morning Breakfast and Clothing Cupboard

    Each Saturday morning — 52 weeks a year– Old First welcomes around 80 people for breakfast and some clean clothes. If you have never seen this aspect of our ministry, you are hereby invited. Simply talk with Tim K., our Outreach Coordinator. There’s a lot of relationships and communication that happen in the Social Hall [...]

  • It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like… Lent

    Maybe it’s the weather today. It’s still cold today, but walking in the sun back across center city, I could feel a warmth despite the chill. And I could imagine that the globe is beginning to tilt towards the sun and spring. That’s where the English word “Lent” comes from anyway: “lencten” was old English [...]