11:00am Worship Service
10:00am Adult Education Class
First Sunday of each month
471 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
M-Th 9:00am - 4:30pm
First Presbyterian Church of Highlands has a vibrant and extensive music program. The Chancel Choir is led by Dr. Michael Lancaster, Director of Worship and Music, who also serves as Conductor of the Asheville Symphony Chorus. Ms. Angie Jenkins, Director of Music Ministry/Organist, has served as the principal accompanist at First Presbyterian Church since 1976.
In addition to the Chancel Choir and Sacred Sounds Bell Choir, many world-class guest instrumentalists and vocalists - as well as occasional guest choirs - greatly enhance multiple worship services throughout the year. Two "Bluegrass Sundays" are scheduled each year. Additionally, a number of concerts throughout the season, in addition to old-fashioned Hymn Sings, and a Christmas Carol Sing each December. The church installed a two-manual 16 rank Wicks pipe organ in 2004.
First Presbyterian Church of Highlands believes that marriage is a holy ritual before God and that our sanctuary and chapel are dedicated to worship and the appropriate celebration of our faith traditions, both those of the Presbyterian Church USA, and of our local church family. As stated in the Book of Order, we believe that "Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives. The sacrificial love that unites the couple sustains them as faithful and responsible members of the church and the wider community."
First Presbyterian Church is more than simply a historic sanctuary in a beautiful mountain setting. While we recognize that many couples are initially attracted by the charm and simple elegance of our facility, we believe that this alone is not a sufficient reason to seek permission to be married at First Presbyterian Church. The policy below spells out those steps which are required in order to be married here. Read it carefully and prayerfully, and if you are still interested in seeking permission to be married at First Presbyterian Church, please complete a Wedding Registration Form and email it to email@example.com.
We offer the sacrament of baptism for people of all ages, including infants and children. During baptism, parents affirm their promise to live the Christian faith and teach that faith to their child, and the congregation promises to assist the parents in the Christian nurture of their children. Please contact
Rev. Emily Wilmarth for information about child or adult baptism.
Funerals and Memorial Services
First Presbyterian Church feels members and their families
should be aware of the important issues and decisions surrounding
death, its implications for our faith, and its impact on family
members. We recommend discussing any questions you may have
with our pastor, Rev. Emily Wilmarth.