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COVID-19 update

Christmas Eve Worship

As we seek to “love one another” as Jesus taught us, the Session (governing board), at their most recent meeting, upon the recommendation of the Reopening Task Force, and due to the significant rise in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, approved holding Christmas Eve worship services online only. There will be no in person services held.

Other reasons considered in making this change include the logistics of managing a much larger congregation than usual, many of whom will have traveled to Naples from other parts of the country and the potential of their carrying the virus unbeknownst to them. We believe that this is the best and safest approach to take at this time. Other local Presbyterian churches have made the same decision and the medical experts at Naples Community Hospital concur.

The online service will continue FPCN’s tradition of reading the Christmas scriptures, listening to beautiful music brought to you by our Director of Music, Dr. Brice Gerlach and hearing favorite Christmas carols sung by our soloists, along with the lighting of the Christ Candle. We invite you to participate by having a candle available as we sing Silent Night together.

For the time being, we will continue to hold Sunday morning worship service at 9:30 a.m. with all safety protocols in place.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office at 239.262.1311 and ask for Rev. Craig Goodrich or Sharman Pfaus, Executive Office Manager. 

Your understanding of this decision in greatly appreciated. We wish you blessings and peace during this challenging Christmas season.

Worship services

We are pleased to offer both live worship for those who are comfortable worshipping in the Sanctuary and online worship for those who prefer to worship at home.  Live worship is held Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. If you choose to worship with us in person, we have implemented the following health precautions:  Participants must wear a face mask and maintain social distancing during the entire service.  The pew rows have been marked and we have specified seating for families and those with disabilities. There will be no congregational singing, however, we will enjoy the choir soloists. 
Online worship is available anywhere, anytime.  The Sunday service is taped on the Saturday prior and available to view on our Worship page beginning Saturday evenings. 

Church office

The staff is currently working in the office however, due to the increases of COVID cases, we are minimizing entry to the office areas.  You may make an appointment with a staff member or call ahead if you need access to the building. We appreciate your consideration and help in keeping our staff healthy and well. 


Meetings and Groups

Committee meetings, Bible studies, Circles and groups will continue to be held via Zoom through February. 

The Worship Service

Worship Times:  Worship is held on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. with safety protocols in place.  Required for live worship:
    All attendees much wear masks during the entire service.
    Social distancing is required.  Seating and dismissal will be directed by the ushers.
    There will be no singing but you will be able to enjoy the solosits who will be singing the hymns and

Communion: Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month.  

For those with disabilities:  Hearing devices and large print hymnals are available to assist with worship.  Wheel chairs are available for those who may need assistance and there is ample handicapped parking.

Directions and Parking

Where we are located

250 Sixth Street South
Naples, FL 34102-6120

First Presbyterian Church is centrally located, easy to find in the downtown area of Olde Naples.  We are two blocks north of Fifth Avenue South (where every visitor shops at least once during a visit!), and two blocks west of U.S. Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail/9th Street S). Look for the tall Bell Tower on Sixth Street South between Second and Third Avenues South.

Directions from I-75
Take exit 105 and go west on Golden Gate Parkway. 
Follow Golden Gate Parkway for 4 miles and turn left on to Highway 41 South. Remain on Highway 41 S (9th Street S.) for approximately 2 miles.  Turn right on to 3rd Avenue South. 
First Presbyterian Church is located two blocks down on the right on the corner of 3rd Avenue S. and 6th Street S.


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