We, the members of First Presbyterian Church in the heart of Wichita, Kansas, believe that our lives should be Christ centered and lived with joy in response to God’s loving grace. We believe that a responsive life will focus on mission that strives to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of others, both near and far. We believe the Bible speaks to all individuals in all generations and, thus, requires thoughtful and continual study by all. We believe the Holy Spirit changed the lives of the Apostles and continues changing lives today, so we remain open to the ways in which the Spirit may call upon us to innovate and create.
Our purpose is to witness to the presence of the risen Christ in the world and for the world.
In the future, as it has in the past, FPC will serve as a beacon in downtown Wichita to draw together a diversity of people into a community of Christian living by:
Gary reported his insight in looking at the strong traditions of FPC, from its beginning in 1870:
Matthew 25 in the PC(USA): A bold vision and invitation Actively engaged in the world Invitation given and gladly accepted. On September 17, 2019 First Presbyterian Church became a Matthew 25 Church.
What is a Matthew 25 church?
Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Convicted by this passage, both the 222nd and 223rd General Assemblies (2016 and 2018) exhorted the PC(USA) to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor.
How the vision unites all Presbyterians
By accepting the Matthew 25 invitation, you can help our denomination become a more relevant presence in the world. We recognize Christ’s urgent call to be a church of action, where God’s love, justice and mercy shine forth and are contagious. And we rejoice how our re-energized faith can unite all Presbyterians for a common and holy purpose: our common identity to do mission.
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The circular shape represents unity and equality. Like God, a circle has no beginning and no end, and it symbolizes our continuing effort to help one another. The shape also suggests a globe that points to our engagement with the world.
The three interlocking figures represent the equality of all people without gender or race bias. They have their arms around each other, symbolizing friendship, protection and service. The number three suggests the three focus areas of congregational vitality, structural racism and systematic poverty, as well as the Trinity.