Welcome to First Church. We are a congregation of the Anglican Church in North America, holding to the faith and traditions of the historic church. We are a welcoming church, open to those who are already believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and to those who are seeking to know more about Him.
First Church was founded in 1874 and is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, just a few blocks from the United Nations. We invite you to join our vibrant community as we seek to know and do the will of God in our part of the world.
Our congregation is made up of a diverse group of people from various backgrounds and traditions. We are young and old, married and single, native New Yorkers and newcomers to the city. We represent cultural traditions from Africa, the Carribbean, the United Kingdom, Europe and North America. Some of us are life-long Anglicans, while many come from a variety of worship experiences. We are a community of people coming together in love, fellowship and worship, all in the name of the Lord Jesus.
We are an evangelistic community, actively engaged in spreading the Gospel message to all around us. In addition to worship opportunities throughout the week, we gather in a variety of contexts and locations for prayer, study, fun, and fellowship. Children are a special focus of our ministry. In addition to our weekly Sunday school, First Church is the home of Saint Albans School a private Christian school welcoming children in PreK through Grade 8. Our ministry to adults includes opportunities for weekly Bible Study, special mid-week book discussion groups, as well as a Friday fellowship group.