Clarion Christian Preschool

a wonderful place to start!

Under the direction of Holly Gourley, the preschool will continue to model Christian values and focus on child-centered curriculum while providing such enhancements as community field trips, Spanish classes and a nurturing staff.

The “Little Lambs” program for 3 year olds meets 2 mornings a week and the “Shining Stars” program for 4 year olds meets 3 mornings a week.

To find out more information or to register a child, contact Holly at 745-3807 or


As imperfect people struggling to follow a perfect Lord, we know that we don’t get it right a lot of the time. If we said that things were always wonderful in our church, we wouldn’t be telling the whole truth. But the Truth is that for every time we mess up, God has a word of forgiveness. Because new mercies find us every morning, we are freed to practice our Christian faith (and it takes a lot of practice). These are some of the ministries that bring to life our mission statement: We come together to worship, grow and serve as disciples of Christ.

To worship...

Christian worship joyfully ascribes all praise and honor, glory and power to the triune God.
In worship the people of God acknowledge God present in the world and in their lives.
As they respond to God’s claim and redemptive action in Jesus Christ,
believers are transformed and renewed.
In worship the faithful offer themselves to God and are equipped for God’s service in the world.

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In response to God’s abundant love in Jesus Christ, we come together in worship to offer ourselves to God and to grow into the people God has created us to be. Our worship services are on Sundays at 11:00 and all are welcome.(Summer Schedule for June, July, August: Worship at 10:00)

For more details about worship at First Presbyterian,
click here.


Sunday School Classes for ages Preschool-12th Grade at 9:45 am (Sept. 11, 2016 through May 2017).  Everyone gathers on the lower level of the Christian Education wing.

9:45- 10:45 Youth (grades 7-12)  meet for discussion in the Teen/Tech Room.

Preschool - 6th grades: 9:45– 10:15 Gathering with introduction to the day's lesson, Bible verse, singing & snacks
10:15 - 10:45 Lesson, prayer, Bible memory verses, & crafts

All children and youth in Pre-K through 12th grade are invited to join us each Sunday morning at 9:45 am for fellowship and fun! We meet in the lower level of the CE Building.

Adult Sunday School  

Adult Christian Education in January: Beginning January 8th, two adult Sunday school classes will be offered. Both will use The Wired Word, a Bible study curriculum that combines recent headlines from the news wire with scripture to engage participates in thought-provoking discussion. Rev. Scanlon will continue to convene his class in the Chapel at 9:45 am. An additional class for young adults, those in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, will gather separately in the Social Hall at 9:45.

During Lent, the adult Sunday school classes will use Marjorie Thompson's book Forgiveness: A Lenten Study to lead their discussion. Forgiving others and humbly asking for forgiveness are central disciplines for all Christian believers. Lent, a time to reflect on our Christian journey, is an appropriate time to deepen our understanding and practice of forgiveness.Using biblical examples and real-life situations, Thompson, a Presbyterian minister, illustrates each chapter’s theme in an informative and engaging way. A study guide is also included at the back of the book that is appropriate for either individual reflection or group discussion. With clarity, insight, and sensitivity, this book is the perfect resource for examining both our ability to forgive and our own need for forgiveness. Books for these Sundays are being ordered and may be purchased for $8. Please join the discussion at 9:45 am on the Sunday mornings during Lent.

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and serve...

Using our God-given gifts and talents is a fulfilling form of worship and an important way of connecting with our community of faith.  Whether our gifts are large or small, they are valuable in service to God. Click here to see some ways we serve.

Ongoing financial and hands-on support for mission projects is an important aspect of our congregational life.  Cleaning and rebuilding after disasters, ministering to the homeless in NYC, supporting mission work in Kyenjojo, Uganda and supplying comfort items for our troops are just a few of the local, national and global missions we share.



Our church is blessed with a vibrant music program.  Each of the groups that participate in worship adds an element of praise and adoration for our Lord that the spoken word alone cannot accomplish.  Everyone is welcome to join us!

Adult Rehearsal Schedule - September through May

Echoes of Joy  Bell Choir                        5:30 - 6:30 pm Thursdays

Adult Vocal Choir                                    6:45 - 7:45 pm Thursdays

Joyful Bells Beginner Bell Choir               8:45 - 9:45 am Sundays

Children's Choir for K - 6th Grade         Incorporated into Sunday School on Sunday mornings at 9:45

 We would love to have YOU participate in any of our many musical groups. We try to accommodate everyone's busy schedule, so it you can't make a Thurs. rehearsal for vocal choir then 10:00 on Sunday mornings will get you ready to participate with the choir for the worship service. If you have an instrument that you played a while ago and would like to get out of storage, there might be an opportunity for some accompaniment work for you with the choir.

Questions?  Please contact our Music Director, Bonnie Champion.

Children & Youth

Encouraging our students as they develop their relationships to Jesus, to each other and to the church is the focus of our learning to worship, grow and serve.

Active learning, songs and lessons mark Sunday School  for our young disciples.  As do mission projects for near and far: serving as acolytes, making decorations for church events, baking cookies for shut-ins and soldiers and saving coins for mission projects.

Teens can spread their wings through opportunities that include becoming active, serving members of the church; helping with VBS, Food For Friends and ushering. Group meetings, trips and other activities as suggested by the students are also a part of building up our relationships within the body of Christ.

Presbyterian Women

PW invites women of all ages to join us.  Gatherings are held several times a year for all members and smaller groups, or Circles, meet regularly for Bible study, social time and mission.

The Purpose of Presbyterian Women
Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to
nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study, support the mission of the church worldwide,
work for justice and peace and to build an inclusive, caring community of women
that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA)
and witnesses to the promises of God's kingdom.

We have Circles that meet at each time of the day. Choose one that’s convenient for you and check it out:

* Morning meets at 10:00 am on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Parlor.
* Afternoon meets at 1:00 pm on the 2nd Thursday each month in the Parlor.
* Evening meets at 7:00 pm on the 2nd Wednesday each month in different homes.

We would like to invite all women to be involved in a circle. If none of these times suit you, let us know what your needs are. Contact Lori Smith or Susan Joy, Co-Moderators.


The office of deacon is one of sympathy, witness and service after the example of Jesus Christ.  The deacons minister to those that are in need, to the sick, to those that need a friend and to anyone in distress from within or outside our faith community.  They assist with the preparations and needs for worship and communion and pray for the concerns of the church and the people.

The Deacons oversee a number of ministries:

  • Food for Friends is a cooperative program of community churches.  Volunteers plan and prepare hot meals which are served in the Social Hall every Wednesday throughout the year.  Anyone is welcome to the meal at no cost.
  • The Sharing Cupboard collects donated non-perishable foods and paper products.  These items are distributed in our community through the Clarion County Food Bank at Community Action.
  • The Media Ministry makes each Sunday Worship Service available for listening or downloading from our website media player. CD's may also be requested through the church office.  A number of CD players are available to borrow.

Everyone has a gift to share!  If you would like to help with any of these ministries please contact us.

Church Library

Our library has something for everyone.  Please stop in and browse on Sunday mornings or during church office hours (9-3 Mon-Fri).  The Library is located behind the Sanctuary, near the main doors. Books and videos are available to borrow by self check-out.

Donations for books purchased in memory of or in honor of a loved one are gratefully accepted. A specific title may be requested or our librarian can choose one.  Your donation will be acknowledged on the inside cover of the book.  Donations of appropriate, used books are also welcomed.