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

  • Extending Our Welcome, Strengthening Our Service–The Video for Old First

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  • Extending Our Welcome, Strengthening Our Service–The Campaign for Old First

    You’ve been hearing a lot about the capital campaign in worship. And maybe you attended a house meeting over the summer and early fall. Or have seen the video. We hope you’re thinking about what this campaign might mean for the future of Old First. Here’s a little more detail about the campaign. Remember, this [...]

  • Could You Prepare / Share a Meal with our Shelter Guests?

    As you may know, Old First hosts an overnight shelter for 30 homeless men during the winter months in partnership with the Bethesda Project. As October comes to a close, and the shetler opens on Saturday, November 1, I have been scheduling groups of volunteers to prepare meals for our guests. I am happy to [...]

  • Sunday, Oct. 26 is Finally Commitment Sunday for the Campaign for Old First

    We started talking about it before the Annual Meeting last January. And even then, there were some rough sketches of what the goals would be. And then we hired Susan Mitchell, a capital campaign consultant with the United Church of Christ. And we began figuring out and explaining in greater detail how the Campaign for [...]

  • Can the UCC Congregations Work Together?

    This Sunday, Oct. 26, the Philadelphia Association will be having its Fall Meeting at Glenside UCC. If you are interested in learning more about other UCC churches or about the UCC as a whole, visiting settings beyond your local church — an Association or Conference meeting, or even a General Synod — can be a [...]

  • Second P-dialer Canvass: Another 153 unlikely voters committed to going to the polls on Nov. 4

    Just a quick thanks to everyone for coming out on Wednesday to the second (and last) Old First-St. Malachy’s P-Dialer Phone Bank. It was great fun to collaborate with and get to know each other from the two congregations. And of course, we continue to practice with the predictive dialer setup – thanks again for [...]