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All are welcome to worship and participate in activities at First Presbyterian Church. The church has occupied a site in the middle of Athens since it was organized in 1809 by the first president of Ohio University, Jacob Lindley. Presbyterians played a vital role in the development of the city and the university. Four of the first five presidents of the university were Presbyterian pastors.

Lent and Easter at First Presbyterian Church
Religion and Literature: A Lenten Study

Our vision this Lenten season is to use a breadth of worship expressions and musical styles, combining creative skill and integrity of hear to draw closer of God. On Wednesday evenings we will gather in Fellowship hall for a light dinner at 5:30 P.M. followed by worship beginning at 6:15 P.M. with prelude music. The schedule is as follows:

March 12 - The Novel in Religious Literature
March 19 - The Short Story
March 26 - Poetry and Plays
April 2 - Essays
April 9 - Blogs
April 13 - Passion/Palm Sunday
10:30 A.M. - Worship Service
Children Parade of the Palms
April 17 - Maundy Thursday
5:30 - Seder Meal
6:30 - Worship Service
April 20 - Easter Sunday
9:30 - Easter Breakfast
10:30 – Easter Festival Service
OhioBrass, Choir, Handbells, Organ
Worship at First Presbyterian Church:
  • 10:30 a.m. worship >> Join us in the sanctuary for worship of God using song, scripture and prayer (see bulletin). Children, youth and adults all participate in sharing God's word during the service.

    Child care provided during the church service for infants through kindergarten. Children in first grade and beyond are encouraged to remain for the service. Listen bags (available in the Narthex) provide quiet activities. Children’s Bibles are located in the Family Area (by the elevator).

  • 11:30 a.m. fellowship >> Join us for refreshments and conversation following the service. During the summer our coffee hour is held on the walk in front of the church.


    In this video, Pastor Rob Martin talks about his first 18 months in Athens, the
    growth of the church, and his hopes for Athens First Presbyterian Church.

  • Christian Education at First Presbyterian
  • 9:30 am, Sunday School

    Middle/High School Sunday School in the Library.
    Adult book discussion in the Lounge. Discussion based on common reading.
    Book copies available in the Lounge, and drop-ins are welcome.

  • 10 a.m.

    Children’s activities/crafts for all ages/grades in classrooms downstairs. (Begins September 1st)

  • 10:30 a.m.

    Children’s Moment during Worship followed by Sunday School for all ages. Pre-school to grade 6 downstairs.
    Elementary age children will return to the worship service at the end of the sermon. Preschool-Kindergarten will remain downstairs in the nursery.

  • Tuesdays at noon

    Lectionary Discussion Group

  • Wednesdays at 5:30

    S.A.L.T.y (view video below, and read more)

  • Free parking on Sundays. Park on the street or in the Parking Garage (located across the street from the church). The church is wheelchair accessible with elevator at street level.


    2 North Court St. (church)
    9 North College (office)
    Athens, OH 45701
    (740) 593 3351
    office@athensfpc.org
    [see map]
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