Welcome to First ARP!

It is our hope that you find First ARP to be a warm and welcoming body of believers where Christians of all ages and stages of life can worship, learn and serve.

We are a congregation of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church with deep roots in Gastonia.  But more important, we are deeply rooted in God’s Word and are actively seeking to advance Christ’s Kingdom locally and globally. Please come and see what God is doing here at First ARP. Below is some information that you will find helpful as you plan your visit.

Location & Directions

First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church is located at 317 South Chester Street, Gastonia, NC 28052. If you’re a first-time visitor, and would like driving directions, please visit our Contact page.

Worship Times

We gather on Sunday morning for worship at 8:30 and 10:55.   Our 8:30 service is a blend of traditional and contemporary music, while our 10:55 service uses only traditional music. The same sermon is preached at both services. There is Sunday School for all ages between services starting at 9:45.  For a list of the current Sunday School Classes and what they are studying please visit our Sunday School page.

Worship Care

First ARP offers a staffed nursery for infants and toddlers, in addition to worship care programs for children ages two through third grade during both services. Worship care ministries are located on the first and second floors of the education building. Children four years old through kindergarten are dismissed directly from worship at the start of the sermon to attend worship care on the first floor of the education building.


If you’d like to contact us for questions and comments, you can use our submit form on the Contact page.