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Easter at First Pres

Jesus came To Give His Life and on Easter Sunday we will celebrate a risen savior and eternal life that we have in Him. This year, we welcome you back to the campus of First Pres to be a part of a downtown Easter celebration. You will hear a live message from Lead Pastor Tim McConnell, joyful music from our worship teams and get to connect with pastors, staff, friends and neighbors! We can’t wait to celebrate with you.



Easter at First Pres
 

Online Worship Experiences

Join us for livestreamed worship services at 7:30, 9 or 10 a.m.

Watch from our website, Facebook, Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire

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Good Friday at First Pres

24-Hour Prayer Vigil

April 1 - 2 | 8 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sign up for a 15-minute prayer slot as we lean into Christ’s suffering on the cross in preparation for celebrating His resurrection through prayer as a church family. Sign up online for a 15-minute slot to receive a Prayer Guide.

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Prayer Guide

Good Friday Service of Reflection

April 2 | 6:30 p.m. | Worship Center + Online

Join us for a solemn, reflective Good Friday evening service where we’ll look to the cross where Jesus gave His life away for us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I watch online?

All Holy Week and Easter services will be livestreamed at the designated service time and available on-demand 10 minutes after the service concludes. Choose your preferred platform:

Click here for instructions to connect online on your preferred platform. For assistance watching online, please call 719-884-6100.

Do I have to wear a mask?

We ask that all attendees wear a mask inside and outside in accordance with state and local guidelines. While the statewide mask mandate is about to expire in some places in Colorado, El Paso County remains in level Yellow where masks are still required. We ask that children age 5 and older wear a mask.

Can I sit with friends?

Yes! We have increased space between rows so that families and friends can sit together. We encourage you to plan to sit with friends or find someone you know once you arrive.

All services have reached maximum capacity for attendees, but we have prepared an additional worship venue for walk-ups to worship in the Sheldon Jackson Room where the Sanctuary service will be livestreamed.

Is Nursery childcare available?

Yes! First Pres Nursery is available for infants through Pre-K during all Easter services. Drop off and pick up between 6:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the main building. We recommend families arrive about 25 minutes before the service to check in. No pre-registration is required. Check-in stations will be available upon arrival, or you can use mobile check-in on your drive to First Pres by clicking here.

What precautions are being taken?

Each worship venue is sanitized by our Facilities Team. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the building. All volunteers and staff will wear masks when not on stage leading.  

How do I participate in online communion?

Preparing for Online Communion

Each Sunday, when together we profess our faith, we affirm our belief in “the communion of the saints.” This communion of the saints has become a very real component of our faith during this time of COVID-19. We cannot be with one another and we cannot gather in one physical place. We feel this loss of fellowship acutely, especially when we want to approach the Lord’s Table.

So, in extraordinary times, how will we come to the Table? As is often said: extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Even though we are not visibly together, we are truly together because of our union with Christ. If each of us is joined to Christ by virtue of our faith and baptism, then we are also joined to one another as the one body of Christ. This is our true communion.

In normal times, when members of our congregation are home-bound, we take communion to them. This is called extended communion. Well, we are all home-bound now and with the approval of the Session we will, just in these extenuating circumstances, offer communion online to our home-bound congregation.

Preparing and Participating in Online Communion

  1. We encourage you to participate with your household. John Knox, one of our Presbyterian forebears, encouraged families to participate together in worship and would celebrate communion in people’s homes. This is a tradition we can call on.
  2. Prepare ahead of time by having grape juice (or wine) in individual cups and individual portions of bread or crackers (symbolic of unleavened bread).
  3. Examine your heart and relationships and make what steps you can for forgiveness and reconciliation. Especially seek forgiveness from the Lord, perhaps by praying the words of David in Psalm 51:7-12.
  4. Reflect on things you are thankful for. Since Communion is also called “Eucharist” (Thanksgiving) and the “joyful feast of the Lord,” spend some time reflecting on things for which you are thankful, for things that have given you joy and prayerfully express your gratitude to the Lord.
  5. During the online service, as the pastor directs, partake of the bread and the cup, knowing that your brothers and sisters in their places are communing with you.
  6. Finally, remember these words: "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." - Ephesians 4:4-6