Grace First Presbyterian is a unification of three traditions of Presbyterianism: Cumberland Presbyterian, The Presbyterian Church in the United States, and the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. These traditions have been active in Parker County since 1859. Over the years our shared faith and ideals have melded the three congregations into one. The congregation moved into our present site, 606 Mockingbird Lane, Weatherford, in 1974. We are members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Grace Presbytery.
Our building, which you see symbolized in our logo, has some unique architecture including:
- The stone used for the building is Parker County limestone that was part of an old stone wall from over 100 years ago from the Old Cartwright Ranch.
- The stone in the Narthex is limestone that is un-milled from the Jack Pickard ranch. There is a brief summary of the church history carved into one tablet of stone and the names and dates of service of all of the pastors who have served these congregations on others surrounding the tablet.
- The sanctuary contains a living garden with a boulder placed as a central focal point in the front left of the sanctuary. The boulder contains the water for baptism. This font, is an aggregate limestone formation containing hundreds of tiny fossils and crystalline fragments. The shell, long a symbol of baptism, is seen embedded naturally in this stone and is also formed in the plate nestled in it.
- The communion table is very large, as it is seen as a gathering place for the family of God.
- The floor of the sanctuary is exposed aggregate, identical to the sidewalks outside. The aggregate leads us from beyond the walls of the building into the Sanctuary, reminding us that God provides for all that is created. After worship, we are to go out into the world with that same reminder.
- The Harvey & Zimmer pipe organ, found in the loft, was manufactured in Germany and designed by two young builders from Dallas. The completed organ has 32 stops and 40 ranks, all enclosed in oak case work. You can learn more about the organ here.