Coronavirus Update from Pastor Glen Bell

March 13, 2020

Dear Friends,

Your spiritual and physical health is our primary concern. So we are making changes.

Beginning this Sunday, March 15, we will not gather for our regular worship services at 8;15, 9:00 and 11:00 am. Instead, we will livestream worship remotely at 11:00 am. This pattern will continue for the next few Sundays. Please join us at 11:00 am on your computer or handheld device at

On Friday afternoon, March 20, we will close our buildings (with the exception of our preschool). This will continue for the next few weeks. Our preschool’s first priority is the safety of students, staff and families. They will be working closely with Sarasota County Schools as they move forward.

Take good care of yourselves. Wash your hands well and frequently. Keep your hands away from your face; get a flu shot. Disinfect the surfaces in your home, and don’t go out if you are feeling sick. Very importantly, if you are older or have a challenged immune system, please be very careful.

Epidemiologists are recommending social distancing to reduce the spread of the virus. They suggest attempting to keep a six-foot distance from others.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to me ( or Cheryl Track (, our faith community nurse.

We will stay in touch – and we very much look forward to when we are able to gather again.

The most important news from long ago is still true today: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear . . . “ (Psalm 46:1-2)


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Worship Schedule

First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota typically offers three services at 8:15 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.

Sunday Classes for all at 10:00 a.m.

Our services include music, preaching, readings of Scripture, and prayer.

Communion is traditionally celebrated on the first Sunday of the month. 

You can watch the 11:00 live stream here on our site.


Traditional Worship

8:15 am and 11:00 am

Our traditional service is at 11:00 am in the sanctuary.  August through May we have an 8:15 am service held in the chapel.  

Every Sunday we glorify God through rich liturgy, beautiful choral and instrumental music, and powerful Biblically-based sermons. All are welcome in this friendly atmosphere where you will feel at home, surrounded by people of faith of all ages and backgrounds. Worship bags for children, large print Bibles, hymnals, and bulletins, as well as a T-Coil hearing loop, are available in the sanctuary. 

Children are always welcome. We believe that worship is the response of the whole people of God, and that includes children! Children are invited to participate in Children’s Moment at the beginning of our 11:00 am service. Worship Packets with children’s bulletins, coloring pages, activities, and crayons are also available in the back of the sanctuary.

As a part of our ministry with children, we also provide childcare for infants up through kindergarten from 8:30 am – noon. Childcare is located behind the sanctuary.

Contemporary Worship

9:00 am

Our New Song contemporary service is a lively mix of ages led by the New Song team in a casual setting in the fellowship hall at 9:00 a.m. every Sunday morning. You will experience a pastoral message which helps you praise God in a variety of ways.

We believe that worship is the response of the whole people of God – and that includes children! Children are always welcome in worship here. However, if your family should need it, we have childcare for infants to kindergartners. Immediately following the “Children’s Moment” in the worship service, children ages two through five may be taken to the nursery, located behind the sanctuary.

A children's worship station is loaded with books, Bible coloring pages, quiet activities, crayons, gel pens, and paper.