The Mission of First Presbyterian Church

To glorify God as we share the hope, joy, and promise we are given through Jesus Christ.  We believe that God is calling first Presbyterian Church to be a growing spiritual community in Central Nebraska by:

  • Proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in worship, prayer, education, fellowship, and service; honoring the Presbyterian tradition
  • while seeking new and creative ways to spread the good news
  • Inspiring and renewing people of faith for their individual service and leadership in the church and community
  • Teaching biblical truths that equip people of all ages and diverse circumstances for life in the world
  • Nurturing the spiritual friendships and fellowships that bind people and generations together
  • Reaching out to our community, nation, and world as a continuation of Jesus Christ’s ministry on earth.


Our Church History

A Capsule History of First Presbyterian Church
Written for the Evangelism and Membership Committee
by Dwayne S. Strasheim
July 2005

The tag line at the top of each week’s worship bulletin says it all:  “Proclaiming the love of Christ in the heart of Hastings since 1873!”

There could not have been more than a hundred people in Hastings in 1873.  There were only seven or eight buildings in the whole village.  Nevertheless, a group of fifteen or twenty persons came together to organize the First Presbyterian Church Sunday, August 10, of that year.  Membership grew to 31 in 1874, 102 in 1878, and 279 in 1886.


Visitor Information

You are invited to discover  First Presbyterian Church of Hastings.  We are located at 621 N. Lincoln Avenue in Hastings, Nebraska.


Service Information

Traditional Service  –  10:30 a.m. – Sanctuary
Join us for our traditional service each Sunday at 10:30 a.m.  Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month.

Celebrate Service  –  8:30 a.m. – Sanctuary or Fellowship Hall
2nd & 4th Sunday of each month (September to May).  Join us for our blended service the second and fourth Sundays of each month in Fellowship Hall.

Taize Service  –  8:30 a.m. – Sanctuary or Chapel
1st & 3rd Sunday of each month (September to May).  Taize services are ecumenical, contemplative prayer services featuring silence, music, and scripture readings.


Our Library

Founded in 1950, the First Presbyterian Church-Hastings Library offers more than 5,000 volumes of print materials, several magazine subscriptions and numerous videotapes.  Print materials include major holdings in religion and theology, as well as collections of fiction, biography, large print and juvenile titles.


Church Photo Tour


Church Governance

Presbyterian Polity

The Presbyterian form of government set forth in the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is grounded in Scripture and built around the marks of the true Church.  It is in all things subject to Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Church.  As the Church seeks reform and fresh direction, it looks to Jesus Christ who goes ahead of us and calls us to follow him.  United with Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Church seeks “not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, so that we may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)



Ann L. Binfield Scholarship

Chip Essex Scholarship