The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) traces its history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation, chiefly beginning with the French Lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of Reformed thought. Presbyterians adhere to this pattern of thought known as Reformed theology with a governing body that stresses active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.
Among the church's core beliefs are the sovereignty of God (God is the supreme authority throughout the universe.); the authority of the scripture (Our knowledge of God and God's purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ.); justification by grace through faith (salvation through Jesus is God's generous gift to us and not the result of any good works.): and the priesthood of all believers (It is everyone's job - ministers and lay people alike - to share this Good News with the whole world).
The First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton is an affirming and welcoming
community, always looking for new ways to embody Jesus’ call to love God and our neighbors
in this community and throughout the world. We’d love for you to be part of our future,
continuing Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry of building God’s Kingdom.
What Are We Called to? The challenge to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind and to love our neighbors as ourselves is the basis and the grounding for our calling. From there, we seek a clear vision for the future, while at the same time accept the necessity for change.
Our Vision - We want to lead people into a growing relationship with Christ by creating an active and purposeful environment for worship so that their spiritual lives may grow and be enriched. At the same time, we strive to develop a strong sense of community both within our congregation and with our neighbors at large.