our history

Gathered and organized in 1895, First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church became a congregation in the ARP Denomination.  Since her founding, she has been an integral part of the Rock Hill community, especially in the downtown area.  Nearly 125 years have gone by, and she still stands the test of time, not because of the bricks and mortar or the beautiful mahogany doors.  No, the foundation of any Church must always be Jesus Christ, as Paul teaches in Ephesians 2:


So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.


The most important thing about Who We Are as a church will always and forever be our members.  We are members of one another and members of the body of Christ, by the grace of God the Father.  We never claim to be perfect, and we do not require that for membership.  We do, however, stand on no other foundation than the Word of God, the Bible, which is summed up in the quotation above by the phrase apostles and prophets.  We seek to encourage each other, then, as we gather to serve our God and live under His authority as He leads and guides us by His Word.  In another 125 years, may it be said of us even as Paul spoke of the Ephesian church so long ago:


In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

 

a tropical escape

Every Winter, First ARP's Gynmasium is made to look like a tropical paradise where music is played, friendships are formed, and dance skills are displayed. First ARP hosted their first dance in 2012 and it's been a wonderful outreach event ever since. Guests, with both physical and mental disabilities, who come to the dance are paired with trained volunteers who will be their date throughout the course of the dance. The dance is geared for folks of all ages! Wondering what it's all about? Why don't you take a look for yourself! 

Our next dance is January 28, 2017 from 2:00-3:30pm at First ARP!