23 Reviews
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Maddie L Blackett
· December 4, 2017
I joined First Presbytarian about two months ago, after a search for a welcoming, socially conscious and engaging community. The first thing, as a new member, I was given a church sister whose duty is... to introduce me around. I knew it was a special place, when on the Sunday morning of my admission into membership, that we wer invited to the Pastor's home, The Manse for breakfast, truly a welcome.
There are numerous activities in which to participate, all intended to make life better for you and for the community.
The pastor, Rev Adriene Thorne is a breath of fresh air, I find her engaging and her sermons are relevant and truly stirs the soul. I love the music the choir sings every week, and I feel totally at peace when ever I go to 124 Henry Street, pass by sometime and feel the love.
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Dimitri Joseph Moise
· September 19, 2017
One of the most incredible communities you will ever be a part of. The love and care taken for each individual is something I cannot explain. The acceptance of each individual regardless of race,, sexual orientation, or otherwise is the reason why I return. I love First Church, its mission of an intentionally inclusive community, and everything it stands for. See More
Javaris Stevenson
· November 13, 2017
Restored my faith in the institution of the church. This is one of the best communities of churches I've been apart of. It's in my neighborhood. Very thankful.
Harriette Mandeville
· August 17, 2017
1st Presbyterian Church of Bklyn is a place where one immediately feels community. Its mission encompasses all. Also Spiritually uplifting with relevant sermons and beautiful music. Sunday morning ke...eps one aware and mindful until the next Sunday. Who could ask for anything more? See More
Emily Neustadt
· July 13, 2017
I have never seen such a wonderful community in action. Week after week, person after person, smart, kind, interesting, curious, open to many ways of thinking and being. The choir has real heart. The ...pastor is lovely and courageous. It's a very good mix of people of all walks of life. I love this church. See More
RevAdriene Thorne
· July 20, 2016
First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, where I am the pastor, is an intentionally diverse community of faith. We welcome all God's people. Our worship is dynamic. Our multi-ethnic, multi-racial gospel... choir sings songs of joyous praise every Sunday morning. Our band is comprised of some of the best jazz musicians in New York City, and they bring soulful, creativity to everything they do! Oh, and the preaching is pretty great - thanks be to God! If you are wondering where God is and what God has to do with your life, you will find out at First Church Brooklyn. We hope to see you soon. You are loved.
-Pastor Adriene
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Tina Advocat
· March 27, 2017
I love this place. I go there every Tuesday night to rehearse with Brooklyn Philharmonia. On Sunday March 26 I went to your cabaret. It was wonderful. I was glad to hear some of the members your gospe...l choir and cabaret members. It was very entertaining and on top of that I got free wine. What a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon with friends.

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Millie Clements
· November 29, 2017
Our church is like a happy home. I love the choir, the people, our minister, we are a family.
Linda Kolts
· April 23, 2017
If you are ever at home on Sundays or out of town and deciding to skip church, you will continue to be filled with the spirit if you tune into live-streaming FPC in Brooklyn. Liberal theology and gos...pel, contemporary, and jazz music. See More
Sara O'Callaghan
· November 28, 2016
I had the pleasure of attending the Sunday service yesterday with a friend of mine who is a member and who also sings in the choir and was so moved by the music and the sermon! When I'm back in Broo...klyn I will make sure to return! I highly recommend attending this wonderful church and its warm and loving community! See More
Lukus Jerrod Hasenstab
· August 17, 2017
Intentionally diverse. Inherently open. Unapologetically First Church of Brooklyn.
Pamela Jorgensen Nichols
· February 27, 2017
Thank you to The First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn for the warm welcome The Alma College Choir experienced yesterday. It was an experience we will never forget!
Cameron C. Browne
· September 15, 2017
I won't tell you what I 'think'.I'll tell you what's happenin!!!Come join us.We welcome ALL and EVERYONE.Completely ,completely INCLUSIVE!
Diane Grimes
· March 13, 2017
It's a great church with an intelligent, articulate pastor; an intentionally diverse and friendly membership; and a magnificent choir.
Ellen Oler
· April 30, 2017
Sunday mornings at FPC Brooklyn = best time of the week!
Delphine Meric
· October 3, 2016
Just few Words : Fantastic, amazing, fabulous and very welcoming.
Bab Gitz
· December 26, 2016
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Accueil chaleureux
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Good morning First Church Friends and Family! Service has begun!
Good morning First Church Brooklyn Friends and Family! Service has begun! #youareloved

"Why First Church Brooklyn?" In this video, members of our church answer that question.

First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn is an intentionally inclusive and diverse Christian community committed to serving God in our world.

Go see Daphne Rubin-Vega in Miss You Like Hell--a new musical! We have a $30, no fee code (reg prices are at $90+). Enter "PPLMVR18" in the "I have a promo code" box on the Public Theater's Miss You Like Hell page + then choose your date. Color dots represent any open seat--choose the $30 option and you are done. Or call the box office at 212.967.7555 with code "PPLMVR18". The show is in previews and may sell out soon! @publictheaterny

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A message from RevAdriene Thorne:

Greetings First Church Family and Friends,

This Sunday we enter into the high holy days of the Christian church year with Palm/Passion Sunday. For those of you with the stamina and time, Holy Week, is a powerful journey with Jesus. I hope to see you throughout this week.


We begin Sunday on the steps of the church with our palm parade – make sure to arrive on time so as not to miss the music, the joy, and the donkey! On Maundy Thursday at 7 pm, we will sit with the seven last words of Jesus. This evening of light and shadow will feature music for piano and cello as well as the mini-sermons of seven members of our community. On Good Friday, our interfaith partners from Resurrection Brooklyn Heights will join us for a sensory experience of death and dying. At 7 pm we will place the grief and sorrow of our lives on several shrines set up in the sanctuary to receive all that we have lost. The sanctuary will be open on Holy Saturday from noon to 1 pm for contemplative prayer and silence. All ages are invited to stay afterwards and support the Worship and the Arts committee with transforming the sanctuary into an Easter Sunday garden. We welcome your assistance until 4 pm.

Easter Sunday morning will find us on the Brooklyn Promenade, at the Clark Street entrance, greeting the sun and the Son at 6:30 am. Plan to join us for breakfast at Clark’s Diner following worship. Our 11:00 am worship Easter Sunday morning will be full as friends from the neighborhood and around the world join us for worship. Our balconies will be open, and we thank you for the warm welcome you always extend to those who will visit on that special day.

Blessings for a meaningful journey with Jesus this week.


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Good morning First Church Friends and Family!

This Sunday is Palm Sunday. We will begin this Sunday with music, palms, and procession in the garden, remembering that the garden was unique to the gospel of John. We honor actual bodies in need this week as we bring our material gifts and walk with the God who became flesh and dwelt among us.


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Greetings everyone. We have closed the office today and are cancelling this evening's program due to safety concerns. Stay warm and dry. Pray for those who are outdoors today working or trying to keep body and soul together. See you next Wednesday for our final gathering at 6:30 pm.
-Pastor Adriene

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Jabe Ziino’s sermon "Power From Above” is now available on our podcast!

(Also available on ITunes under First Church Brooklyn Sermon Audio)

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Good morning First Church Brooklyn!

Videos from yesterday’s service will be up soon however please enjoy this original song by First Church’s very own Richard Arriaga!


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May the peace of Christ be with you

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Starting at 7:00 pm. See you soon!

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A message from RevAdriene Thorne:

Greetings First Church Family and Friends,

In writing the above title, I do not mean to suggest a focus on the body as the world focuses on bodies. I mean to say that particular bodies need particular care. We need food, clothing, shelter. We need meaningful work and systems of support. We need quality education, health care, and retirements. We need love. This Sunday, we continue to make our way with Jesus through the story of a system that ...did not care about his particular Palestinian Jewish body.

We will also consider the particular bodies in our immediate and extended communities. Thank you to everyone who took a need from the tree last week – socks, jeans, and shirts. You will have another chance this week to fill needs from the tree and to care for particular bodies by bringing in your items on Palm Sunday.

Seminary intern, Jabe Ziino, returns to the pulpit this week. Yes, two weeks in a row as he learns from our community of faith what it means to have the busy life of a pastor and still have to preach on Sundays! Thank you for supporting Jabe’s learning as he moves towards the close of his time with us on Sunday, April 22nd. You have been a good learning community for him to discern his call, and I am grateful for your care of his particular body. Looking forward to seeing you Sunday.


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