“Baptism is the sign and seal of our incorporation into Christ…. Baptism is God’s gift of grace and also God’s summons to respond that grace.”

At First Presbyterian we baptize children and adults. The baptism of children witnesses to the truth that, “God’s love claims people before they are able to respond in faith.” The baptism of adults witnesses to the truth that, “God’s gift of grace calls for fulfillment in a response of faithfulness.”

Baptism is received only once, and First Presbyterian recognizes all baptisms with water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

If you are interested in baptism for yourself or your child, please contact our Director of Christian Education, Nancy McNeill, at


“During his earthly ministry, Jesus shared meals with his followers as a sign of community and acceptance and as an occasion for his own ministry.”

“The Lord’s Supper is the sign and seal of eating and drinking in communion with the crucified and risen Lord…. Around the Table of the Lord, God’s people are in communion with Christ and with all who belong to Christ.”

“All the baptized faithful are welcome to the Table, and none are excluded.”

Communion is ordinarily served on the first Sunday of each month at regular worship services, and at occasional services during the liturgical year.

The deacons and pastors of First Pres regularly extend communion to those who are unable to attend worship, whether home-bound or hospitalized. If you would like to request home communion, please contact the pastor on call at (828-222-0113)  


Our belief is that Christian marriage is a response to God’s grace and call, should be performed as part of Christian worship, and is lived out in the context of the Christian community. For this reason, the session of First Presbyterian limits the use of church facilities for weddings to members and their children only.  


Death brings grief, loss, and sorrow to us all. As Christians, we affirm with both tears and joy the hope of the gospel. As a community of Christian faith, we offer a ministry of love and hope to all who grieve.

Making plans and arrangements in the midst of grief is difficult for everyone. First Presbyterian encourages members to meet with one of our pastors to make your plans in advance.

If you are in need of immediate pastoral services, please contact the pastor on call at (828-222-0113).

memorial garden

The First Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden is designed as a place for rest, meditation, and prayer, and to serve as an appropriate site for  interment of ash remains.  The Garden offers interment of ashes in the columbarium or in the earth. The garden is off Church Street, south of the Sanctuary.

The Garden is administered by the Memorial Garden Committee, appointed by the Session, under the over sight of the Worship and Property Committees.  Policies governing the Garden are subject to approval by the Session.  Please contact Robyn McNeal, Church Administrator, for information and an application.  You may also print an application located here.