The Vision of Our Congregation

We see ourselves as the embracing arms of Jesus Christ for each other, for the community, and for the world in order to share the amazing love of God, to reflect the light of Jesus Christ, and to live and serve joyfully in the Spirit's Power.

Virtual Worship Service - Sunday, March 29, 2020

In lieu of a in-person worship service, click on the link ABOVE to view an abbreviated worship service for Sunday, March 29, 2020 led by the Rev. Steve Frazier, Edna Broadhurst, John Hackworth, Michael Broadhurst, and Todd Taylor. This service was recorded by Michael Broadhurst.

Virtual Worship Service - Sunday, March 22, 2020

In lieu of a in-person worship service, click on the link ABOVE to view an abbreviated worship service for Sunday, March 22, 2020 led by the Rev. Steve Frazier, Edna Broadhurst, Oralie Wilhite, and Raymond Rodrigues and recorded by Michael Broadhurst.

Pastoral Missive - March 18, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

The session of First Presbyterian Church Portsmouth met Monday night to discuss our immediate plans for weeks ahead.

Elders agreed to accept the recommendations of the President�s COVID-19 Task Force and that of Governor Northam to keep the church closed thru March 31. There will be no services in our sanctuary on Sunday, March 22 or March 29.

However, we are providing opportunities for spiritual growth and engagement:

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  • A virtual Sunday worship service will be available online until we resume regular worship.
  • A devotional/newsletter that will be mailed to all church members and friends that will include prayer prompts, news for the good of the church and ways we can and are assisting our members and neighbors.
  • Calls from elders to check in with all members and friends
  • Time for Prayer � Our sanctuary will be open from 1:00-4:00 PM on Wednesday, March 25 and Saturday, March 28 for prayer. All who come will be invited to sit at an appropriate distance and join in the fellowship of silent intercession for those dealing with this crisis.

During uncertainty, we trust in God�s power to create, heal and restore. In a world filled with fears and anxiety, our most valuable gift - to our future and the future of those around us - is to maintain a non-anxious, hopeful presence.

Let us pray, �Lord, I don�t know exactly what will happen in the days ahead; nor do I know what you�ll be asking of us. Help us to be patient and to trust and obey your perfect will. Amen.�

Please call the church (757-397-3622) or your shepherd if you have a particular concern. Messages are being checked daily.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!

Dr. Steve Frazier, Covenant Pastor
Kim McCormick, Clerk of the Session


Virtual Worship Service - Sunday, March 15, 2020

In lieu of a in-person worship service, click on the link ABOVE to view an abbreviated worship service for Sunday, March 15, 2020 led by the Rev. Steve Frazier, Edna Broadhurst, and Michael Broadhurst.


Worship Services Canceled for 3/15, 3/22, and 3/29

In consideration of the health concerns related to COVID-19, First Presbyterian Church of Portsmouth will not be hosting events, including worship, for the next two Sundays beginning this Sunday, March 15.

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The church�s leadership (the session) will meet on this coming Monday evening to determine how we can best engage our church family during this time of uncertainty.

If anyone asks why your church chose to respond to this health crisis by closing its doors, this was part of our rationale: We are loving our church family by protecting our church family. We are not being fearful. We are being responsible.

So, how should we respond to this virus?

We should trust. We�re not in control. Neither is the virus. God, alone, supervises this world and its circumstances. We can each be a non-anxious presence.

We can also offer this simple prayer� Lord, I don�t know exactly what will happen in the days ahead; Nor do I know what you'll be asking of me. Help me to trust and obey you always. Amen.

Thank you for your patience. We will do our best to keep you informed and connected.


Our purpose

First Presbyterian Church provides rich experiences of the worship of God the Father in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit. We strive to be faithful to Reformed tradition as we encounter it in our denomination, the PC(USA). We welcome and encourage personal expressions of faith as guided by the Spirit and illuminated by the Bible.

In all manner of ways, we proclaim and acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Head of the Church. To that end, we are informed by the Spirit through Scripture, the highest authority of our faith. In addition, we adhere to confessions and creeds common to the ecumenical, Reformed and Presbyterian traditions.

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