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Our 5 Covenant Commitments

We have a commitment to Worship, to Equipping, to Accountability, to Service, and to Witness.



Our Core Values

  • Prayer - We commit ourselves to conceive and carry out all ministry through prayer.  
  • The Bible - We confirm the Bible as the inspired Word of God, the source of instruction, knowledge, and wisdom for living.  
  • Stewardship - We acknowledge God’s gifts - time, talent, treasure - and dedicate them for His glory and use.  
  • Unity - We acknowledge the command of God to love one another and respond to the leading of His Spirit to make us one.  
  • Maturity - We desire to "attain the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" by submitting to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, encouraging, nurturing, and holding each other accountable in love.  
  • Relationships - We acknowledge that maturity occurs best when we are in godly relationships. 
  • Renewal/Sanctification - We believe that this is not only God's will for us, but that He is actively, faithfully, continually working in us to conform us to the image of Christ.

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Opportunities for Children

Calling all children to grow in Jesus! 

There are various learning opportunities for children. For preschool through 4th grade, these happen in our Kid's Zone on the third floor which includes age-level classes for children during the equipping hour (Sunday school) and children's church experiences called Little Blessings and Mission Mania during the worship time. Club 56 for grades 5 and 6 meets on the first floor off fellowship hall during the equipping hour. Infant care is available all morning on the second floor.

  • club 56 - EQUIPPING HOUR 9:45-10:45 AM

    Join us every Sunday morning. Our Bible-based curriculum equips our 5th & 6th graders to meet the challenges of living in our modern day society. We shout out a big " thank you" to parents who serve as special event coordinators and chaperones for the students. From flashlight corn mazes, snow tubing, and ice skating - to our Club 56 camp out at the Church farm, these students enjoy many opportunities to be knitted together in love and fun! Contact Cathy Witmer, Ministry Coordinator, for more info.

  • Mission mania - Children's church for K - 4th grade

    Children - Kindergarten through 4th grade enjoy worship at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. with their families until they are dismissed during the service to head up to our unique ministry space.  We'll gather around the prayer wall or enjoy prayer walks together, work on our special card and placemat ministries, prepare for our seasonal visits to nearby Ephrata Manor, and have a fun time growing as disciples of Jesus Christ.  It's all about being in mission in fun and loving ways!

  • little blessings - Children's church for pre-school

    While parents enjoy 11:00 a.m. Worship, Toddlers through PreK/5 year-olds are invited to Room 309 for creative play, Bible storytelling, music, and art. Dress-up costumes, games, building blocks of all shapes and sizes, a library of books and a fully stocked 'kitchen' makes for a fun time each and every week.



  • 2 Yrs to 4th grade classes-Equipping Hour 9:45-10:45 am

    You simply need to head to the third floor where our dedicated ministry team of volunteers waits to greet each child at 9:45 a.m. There will be someone there to greet you and direct you to the appropriate room for your child. We are committed to filling that hour with opportunities for your child to dig deep into God's Word for understanding and truth, practice praise and prayer, and explore what being a disciple of Jesus Christ is all about through storytelling, drama, music, and art.

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  • SPECIAL EVENTS - for all children

    Throughout the year there are special activities for our children such as VBS (Vacation Bible School) in June, delivering Thanksgiving baskets to our shut-ins, Love boxes, Pumpkin prayer party, Christmas birthday party for Jesus and more!


  • Infant Care - newborns up to 30 months or up to 4 years old for 8:30 service

    Infant childcare is provided in our Nursery located in Room 211 from 8:15 a.m. - Noon. You'll be asked to sign in and offered a pager so we can keep in touch with you as you enjoy Worship, attend an Equipping Hour class or special event in the church building. Swing by and see the warm, loving environment of this ministry

    space which includes ample "crawl space"!

Ministry Groups

  • senior moments

    Gatherings for our senior citizens. Meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the church Fellowship Hall for lunch and a special program.  In addition they enjoy special outside activities and outings from time to time. Gathering begins at 11:30.  Lunch at 12 noon followed by the program. A small charge/love gift covers the cost of the meal and program. Contact: Joanne Pike.

  • Sunday Night intercessors

    Spirit-led meeting to intercede for the church. Time: Every other Sunday 5-6 p.m.; Place: Sanctuary; Contact: Walter Carter

  • Prophet sharing group

    A safe place for nurturing the prophetic gift, meeting for relationship, pastoral care, pooling of revelation, practice and prayer. Time: Every other Sunday 6-7 p.m. during the school year right after the Intercessors or as scheduled. Group; Place: Sanctuary; Contact: Walter Carter

  • Extension ministry

    We invite you to join us for any of a variety of activities and mission outreaches as we take the message of Christ's love outside the walls of First Church. We reach out locally, regionally, nationally and throughout the world. Please consider joining us as we find opportunities to "Pray, Give and Go!" Time & Place: Team meeting the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Church. 


  • run for god Club

    This club is open to all ages and levels of runners AND walkers.  It is a community of like-minded runners and walkers who use the sport to share the love of Christ. Our purpose is to grow together in faith, friendships, and share the love of Christ along the way. Join us as we become better witnesses for Christ… physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Currently meeting Saturdays at 9 am.   Also held as a 5K Challenge Class. See more about Run For God HERE.

    Contact: Travis Hess

    717.892.8240; thessruns@gmail.com



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