Spiritual Growth

The life of the Spirit is celebrated with great enthusiasm at First Church, with a variety of programs resourced by the Pastors and lay leaders.



WEDNESDAYS  |  9:30-10:15 AM  |  Linder 4

Join the First Church community as we pray for the life of our church and those in our congregation in need of prayer. All are welcome to attend no matter how much or how little experience you have in prayer. Contact: REV. Brittany Hanlin


GRIEF support GRoup

A bi-annual program
Did you recently lose a loved one? Grief Support Group is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk along side you through one of life's most difficult experiences. The  Grief Support Group is facilitated by licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Sheilah Cameron and Rev. Brittany.
Contact: REV. Brittany Hanlin


The Labyrinth 

An ancient aid to Christian meditation in it's simplest form - a pathway where you can experience a "walking prayer."  We have at First Church two labyrinths: a cloth replica of the medieval Chartres labyrinth, used for special occasions, and an outside labyrinth located at the south west corner of the Music Center buildings, available for groups or individuals to walk any day of the week. If you have questions  Click here  




We start by listening  to a different meditation, followed by 20 minutes of silence. We continue by reading a scripture or a short poem.  We listen to some music to close the session.  For more information, call the church office at 619-297-4366.

seasonal retreats

Occasional retreats offer the chance to gather with friends in community, to prepare for upcoming seasons in the life of the church, to deepen your personal faith. Contact: REV. Brittany Hanlin


Pilgrimages are travel expeditions, led seasonally by a Pastor. The 2024 Sankofa Pilgrimage July 1 -11, takes us to a different part of the country this year, the Northeast. Join us as we travel down the East Coast to Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. There is so much history hidden through our country, so join us on this pilgrimage of discovery, including a pre-study here at home from May 23 - July 11, 2024. To learn more about the SANKOFA PILGRIMAGE