About Ferguson Church
Our Mission Statement for the 2000’s
We, the congregation of The First Presbyterian Church of Ferguson are a diverse people who seek to celebrate God’s love, enthusiasm, imagination and devotion.
Our mission for the twenty first century is:
- To provide all ages with opportunities for spiritual growth in the reformed tradition through worship, education, and fellowship.
- To openly embrace all people, accepting the unique qualities and talents God gave us.
- To foster participation, leadership and development of our youth in activities which encourage Christian responsibility, concern and love for all people.
- To feed the hungry, house the homeless, and aid others by direct service advocacy.
- To be peacemakers.
- To wisely use and protect God’s creation.
- To pray for and encourage one another, to share joys and sorrows and to nurture caring relationships with our church and community.
- To support the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America and its local, national and global mission.
- In celebrating God’s enduring grace we invite all to join us as we confess our faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Ferguson Presbyterian was organized with 9 members on January 28, 1871. In September 1871 a white frame church stood at the head of Church Street on land given by Mr. Thomas Atwood.
By 1900 the oil lamps were replaced with electric lights and a “pipe-reed” organ was installed while a mission effort was started in Kinloch Park which became self sustaining and chartered by the Presbytery in 1944. In 1924 five young people had entered Christian Service to do missionary effort among the Mormon’s in Utah, in the Kentucky mountains, Central America and the Belgium Congo.
At that time membership had grown to 179 necessitating a larger facility. The new facility, at 401 Darst Road, was dedicated in the fall of 1929. After WWII the expansion of suburbia started to impact Ferguson requiring the addition of an Education Building in 1954. Since then, several additions and many improvements have been made to the facility. In subsequent years, our Mission Outreach has been expanded as we continue our long history as a vital, caring and open congregation.