We are linked to each other by stories. Our own sacred narratives, together with the great Biblical stories, are woven into the fabric of our faith. At First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, Illinois, we believe in the big umbrella of grace, and we welcome all who wish to join us in an inclusive community of faith.
— Rev. Dr. Clifford J. Hayes
- in the Sanctuary -
begins for the season on September 10, 2014
- in the Chapel -
begins the next season on June 7, 2015
- in the Chapel -
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(ring bell at portico-covered door)
Monday — Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(ring bell at so. west ramped door)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
9:00 a.m. to noon
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News and Events
- Service of Worship to the Glory of God -
in Celebration of the Life of
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | 11:00 a.m.
Doug Shuster of Springfield died Wednesday, September 24, in home hospice. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1, in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Clifford Hayes officiating. A reception and time to visit with family will follow. Read more...
Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, October 4 | 11:00 a.m.
—in the Commons
You and your pet, or pets, are invited to participate in a service celebrating all living things in God’s good creation. Fur, feathers, scales, and fins are welcome, but use your own wisdom about how this service will best fit your pet's well-being. You may choose to bring your shy, aggressive, or stressed-out pet in a photo rather than in person, or bring a picture of a wild bird or animal you particularly love.
All animals must be on a leash or in a carrier. Clean-up aids and water will be available.
All who attend are encouraged to bring a donation of a dog or cat food item, which will be contributed to the Humane Society of Sangamon County.
Fall Bazaar at the Presbyterian Home
Saturday, October 4 | 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
—at Illinois Presbyterian Home, 2005 W. Lawrence Ave., Springfield
Baked goods — plants — handcrafted Items — white elephant — furniture
Sunday, October 5 | 10:30 a.m.
"On this Sunday we gather in unity with believers around the world to break the bread of life and drink from the cup of salvation. We gather in suffering, celebration, and hope, remembering that in a broken and war-torn world, God’s grand vision for peace and justice thrives and continues to course through the veins of the church body.” —Quote from 2010 Peacemaking Materials
On World Communion Sunday, the extended church asks you to make generous contributions to the annual Peacemaking Offering. Twenty-five percent of all donations stay in our local church to help support our mission outreach programs. Please prayerfully consider making a donation to the Peacemaking Offering on October 5. Envelopes are in the pew racks.
"CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world."
- from the CWS Global website, read more . . .
CROP Hunger Walk
Sunday, October 5 | 1:00 p.m.
– Meet at Third Presbyterian Church (1030 N. 7th Street)
Registration/check-in begins at 1:00 p.m. Walk begins at 1:30 p.m.
Now is time to register
for the Covenant Network Regional Conference being held in First Presbyterian Church:
Reconciliation and the Healing of the Church
Saturday, October 11 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Keynote speaker: Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian.
Join us for a day of conversation, networking, and fellowship as we discuss the recent changes to PC(USA) polity, hear from Covenant Network leadership, anticipate what the future holds, and worship together. More information and the link to register is here. . .
Throughout this conference, leaders of the planning team will be available for prayer and confidential conversations. Should anyone feel the need to discuss information or events privately, they may approach any leader. We understand that some of the information and issues being discussed during this day will be heavy, and we want to do everything we can to meet the needs of those in attendance.