First Presbyterian Church of St Helena

Our Approach


Who are Presbyterians?

Presbyterianism is "reformed and always reforming."

Presbyterians are open to change and new ideas as our surprising, steadfast God puts them before us. Therefore, while Presbyterians used to limit ordination to men, oppose the scientific theory of evolution, and believe in predestination, we no longer do so. We try to rectify our past failures to understand God's Word and to stay open to God's new revelations in the present.

In the Presbyterian church, each individual person is given great authority. Each one is asked to read and interpret Scripture under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This leads to a healthy diversity of opinion within our church.

However, we also have shared beliefs. We believe that:

  • God is good and continually working for good in history.

  • Jesus is the ultimate revelation of God's being and will.

  • Scripture contains the Word of God. Humans are created good.

  • When we are not good, God forgives the contrite.

  • The church is a place where we come together to discern the will of God, grow spiritually, and work for justice and peace.

  • All persons are invited to participate fully in ministry, regardless of age, disability, economic or social circumstance, gender, marital status, race or sexual orientation.



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