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Membership


FPC currently has a membership of about 100 people.

Membership is required to serve on the Session and to vote at the AGM. However, if you are seeking to deepen your relationship with Jesus, you will be welcomed here and indeed, you will find our focus at FIRST is more on nurturing a relationships with Jesus and one another than on religious doctrines and membership. So, below you will find an explanation of what it means to surrender yourself to Jesus rather than the requirements of becoming a member of FPC. If you would like to commit your life to Christ, or become a member of FIRST, please contact an Elder.


How Can I Become a Christian?


God has a purpose for your life, called salvation; His desire is for you to spend eternity in His presence.

However, the choice is yours.

You may choose to follow Him through faith in Jesus Christ or to go it alone in another directions. Jesus makes it clear, however, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

There are many roads that promise to make you happy; promising pleasure, possessions, power and money. However, none of these offer you peace nor are they God’s way. Jesus is the only Way.


Any other way is sin. Sin is when we say, “I’ll do what I want, no matter what God says”.

The Bible says: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6).


The Bible says: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6).

Sin breaks our relationship with God and with other people. We may try on our own to deal with it in different ways but nothing really helps. Our only help comes from Jesus “for apart from Him we can do nothing.” (John 15:5) The Bible tells us that the end result of sin is death – spiritual death: “For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)

Many folks think just being good or doing good things or being a good person will get them to heaven. The reality is no one is good except God. And it is not our works that gets us to heaven but our relationship with Jesus. You see, God has prepared us for the works that He has in mind for us, so we must always seek to do His will not our own. When we are obedient to following His will, then we are right with Him. Some times folks compare themselves with others to find a standard, but God is the standard, not other people! What can we do then? Love one another just as Jesus loved us.


This is how God dealt with our sin. Imagine a courtroom. You have been found guilty of sin. The penalty is death. This judge declares the sentence. But imagine this judge is your father. He knows the law, he knows your crime demands death, but he knows that he loves you too much to let you die. So in a wonderful act of grace and love he steps down from the bench, takes off his robe, stands by your side, and says, “I’m going to die in your place”. This is what God did for you. He left His throne in heaven, came to earth in Jesus Christ, and took your place on the Cross, dying so we might have life in Him.


“In Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2Corinthians 5:19, 21).