FIRST PRESBYTERIAN HAS DEEP ROOTS IN THE LOWCOUNTRY
First Presbyterian Church traces its origins to a small chapel on Honey Horn Plantation. Pastors were brought from the mainland by boat for Sunday services. It became a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation in 1957, never losing its character as a church for the community. The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and the Hilton Head Choral Society perform at the church, and the World Affairs Council holds its programs here.
Our facility has been the site of many organizations’ first meetings, and members of First Presbyterian have had and continue to have leading roles in helping to build the Lowcountry community, whether at The Bargain Box thrift store, Hilton Head Hospital, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Boy Scout Troop #245, Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity or Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.
The commitment to the community has expanded to include support for Neighborhood Outreach Connection, the Antioch Educational Network in Ridgeland, mentoring in schools, international mission projects, a unique ethics symposium for college students from the Southeast, an extraordinary day school, and hands-on support and personal care for those who need a helping hand.
The impacts of the church are a reflection of the spiritual life of the congregation. David Lauderdale, columnist and editorial writer for The Island Packet and treasure of the Lowcountry, teaches an extraordinary class on Sunday mornings full of Lowcountry lessons. Celebrated jazz pianist Lavon Stevens leads our contemporary worship on Sunday mornings, and we have an outstanding and well-known music program under the leadership of Rusty Floyd, who, among many things, leads the community “Messiah” presentation. Our children and youth programs are creative, well-led and growing. This past Christmas season included our annual gingerbread house decorating party and “Journey to Bethlehem,” a walk-through re-creation with animals and villagers. Our pastors, Doug Fletcher, Joel Wood and Lisa Schrott, inspire with thoughtful preaching, teaching and pastoral care.
You may know us best through one of the many community events held at our facility. But behind what we offer to area residents is a vital congregation that invites you to come and find a connection and a community. Our worship services on Sunday mornings include two traditional services with choir and organ at 8:30 and 11 a.m. in our sanctuary and a contemporary service at 9:45 a.m. in our fellowship hall. You can also see the original Honey Horn Chapel, now located on our church campus at 540 William Hilton Parkway. Come and join us!