We Are All Connected Video

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

  • Ever Wondered, Wanted to Know More About the UCC?

    Did you ever wonder about this United Church of Christ that Old First is only one of about 5,000 congregations across the country? Do you even really realize we have this specific connection — and presumably something in common — with other Christians from Alaska to Florida and Maine to Hawaii? If you have not [...]

  • Looking Forward To Sunday School; Looking For Sunday School Teachers

    Hello everyone! The summer seems to be going by so fast, yet here we are, and it is almost August already! By Mid-September (worship switches back to 11 on 09.13), we will be back in Sunday school, and I am putting out an invitation for anyone who feels the calling to join our team of [...]

  • Meet John Bergen, Our New Outreach “Minister*”

    Hello! My name is John Bergen, and I am excited to begin serving as OFR’s new Outreach Minister, helping this church live out the call to serve and stand in solidarity with the oppressed and marginalized, particularly the homeless community in Philly. I come to OFR, and Philly, after much traveling and growing, and I [...]

  • Further Reflections on Synod

    In last week’s E-pistle, Michael offered some of his responses to the UCC’s 30th General Synod He also invited the other Old Firsters who attended to share their reflections. Here then are three folk’s thoughts: Geneva B. — First of all, for someone who has been to many Synods and worked for the wider United [...]

  • Outreach Update-July 2015

    Visioning Process On May 3rd, Michael Johnson, a member of the Outreach Standing Leadership Group (also known as the Outreach Team), presented during worship the following summary of the group’s visioning process for Old First’s outreach programming. When the capital campaign for Old First was launched, it was agreed that a portion of the funds [...]


    Pennsylvania Competes is a new non-discrimination campaign working to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Pennsylvanians are protected under the statewide non-discrimination bill. They’re currently protected in the city of Philadelphia not in the entire state, but we can make that a reality! We will be looking for phone bank volunteers to join us [...]