We welcome all people; regardless of ethnicity, financial standing, age, gender, perspective and personality. (Galatians 3:28. Romans 5:7)
We welcome children into all facets of the church, from quiet worship to concerts and community programs; and strive to nurture their spiritual growth. (Luke 18:15-17, Deuteronomy 6:7)
We show compassion for others; offering sincere encouragement and loving acceptance to all. (Colossians 3:12)
We support one another in all aspects and stages of life; spiritual or otherwise. (Colossians 3:13-15)
We strive to walk in faith daily; encouraging and enhancing one another’s Christian growth. (Colossians 3:16)
We accept responsibility in the church’s growth; spiritually and physically. We show our acceptance through active participation and financial support. (PCUSA Book of Order – G-1.0304)
We thank God for all things and give back to Him in gratitude; through prayer, presence, gifts, service and talents. (Philippians 4:4-7)
GLOW - Girls Leading our World - helps teenage girls build self-esteem, self-expression and self-reliance through crafts, mentoring, special speakers and storytelling. GLOW is operated by The Way Station, hosted by First Presbyterian and lovingly embraced by First Presbyterian's deacons who throw parties, buy gifts, provide lunches and otherwise treat the girls like their grandkids.
GLOW - The Way Station (thewaystationinc.org)
Anti-poverty programs - In cooperation with The Way Station, First Presbyterian hosts anti-poverty programs including: Pathways to Independence (for families with children) and Transitions to Triumph (separate programs for Veterans & former Offenders). Both programs use classes and one-on-one mentoring to help participants overcome challenges including employment, housing and support systems.
OUR WORK - The Way Station (thewaystationinc.org)
Celebrating Seniors - A series of monthly lunches for seniors. The lunches often include live entertainment, engaging programs and other activities.
Concerts Under the Dome - Approximately four times per year, First Presbyterian hosts a variety of musicians and ensembles for FREE public concerts.
Spoken Threads Storytelling - Spoken Threads, a program of THE HUB, sponsors community storytelling events and storytelling trainings with the goal of amplifying diverse voices within the community.
Columbiana Historical Society - The Columbiana Historical Society has met at First Presbyterian as long as anyone can remember.
The Banquet in Lisbon - Annually we prepare & serve community dinners at The New Lisbon Presbyterian Church. For more info, see their facebook page.
First Presbyterian Church, Columbiana was founded in 1865 by Scots/Irish families who had moved to the Columbiana area from western PA & East Palestine. The first church building was located on Elm Street approximately where the Heartland School auditorium now sits. In 1920, when the Columbiana School needed to expand, the church moved to its current location at the corner of East Park & Elm Streets. The building was considerably expanded in the early 1950's, with the current sanctuary dating to 1969.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Participants in First Presbyterian, Columbiana join together in proclaiming Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior. Beyond that they have a range of views on the gospel, salvation & social/cultural issues. Institutionally First Presbyterian Church, Columbiana is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), & our denomination provides a foundation for our beliefs & practices. More on what the PC(USA) believes can be found here