Frequently Asked Questions

  1. cheering groupWhat is a “festival of preaching?”
    A gathering where a number of gifted preachers share their teaching and preaching gifts in multiple daily services.
  2. How will I benefit?
    Everyone will receive inspiration, new ideas, and resources for faithful living. Preachers will get a chance to listen to others preach and so find their own passion for preaching renewed. Laity will get an opportunity to experience a diverse and gifted array of preachers and their gifts.
  3. What about the non-worship sessions?
    There will be several panels and lectures in addition to the worship and preaching. These will explore themes such as, “the intersection of preaching and leadership,” “preparing to preach,” and “resources for preaching.”
  4. What will the weather be like?
    Spring comes early in the Northwest and will be in full bloom. Temperatures will likely range between 45 and 70. Both rain and sunshine are possible, and it’s likely that in three days there will be some of both.
  5. How should I pack/dress?
    Comfortably and for the mid range of temperatures (45 – 75).
  6. Can people come who aren’t clergy or preachers?
    Absolutely. Laity, seminary students, as well as spiritual seekers and people of other faiths are all welcome. We especially hope that lay persons who are working during the day will register for and attend the evening Festival services.
  7. If I am a lay person, how will I benefit?
    You will experience wonderful worship and preaching that will stimulate your mind and your heart. You will enjoy preaching and music from people of different backgrounds and experience. You will be part of a diverse, ecumenical congregation.
  8. What fun things are there to do in Seattle while I am there?
    First Church is within walking distance of the Seattle Center, Experience Music ProjectPike Place Market, the waterfront, the Seattle Art Museum and Olympic Sculpture Park, and Safeco Field, the home of the Seattle Mariners. Take a look at the City of Seattle’s Visitor Information and the Seattle Visitors Bureau for even more.