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.
- in the Sanctuary -
Wednesday Eve Worship
September - May
- in the Chapel -
will not begin in June this year. Future dates to be announced.
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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
Welcome, Transitional Pastor Beth Wagner
We are very pleased to introduce our Transitional Pastor, the Reverend M. Elizabeth (Beth) Wagner. Beth brings us many gifts from her extensive experience serving churches in transition, and we are excited to have called her to help us explore our own possibilities for mission and ministry. Beth has worked as Transitional Pastory (the preferred term for an interim pastor) at First Presbyterian Church in Valparaiso, Indiana; Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church in Rockford; Hope Presbyterian Church here in Springfield; and St. Luke Union Church in Bloomington.
Beth describes herself as an extrovert with a pastor’s heart, who loves to find out about people and very quickly falls in love with the congregations she serves. She finds beauty in a wide range of worship styles, and in creating a safe sacred space for all to tell their stories.
A cradle Presbyterian, Beth is an alumnus of Northern Illinois University and McCormick Theological Seminary. She and her family make their home in Normal, and she is also renting an apartment in Springfield during her time with us. Please join us on Sunday, August 9, as we worship the Lord and welcome Beth into our church family.
- Call Discernment Team:
Anne Meyer, Harvey Stephens, and Randy Wiseman -
Going Away Pizza Party for Jacob Weber
Sunday, August 16 | immediately following worship
— in the Commons
Join us as we thank Jacob Weber for his work in the Food Pantry and wish him well as he begins a new chapter as a Blackburn College freshman. As a thank you to Jacob, we hope to shower him with Walmart gift cards to purchase the things he needs for school. Contact Jenny (217.528.4311, ext. 209) for more information.
Sunday, August 16 | 1:00 p.m.
— at Lincoln Park Tennis Courts
Join us for our next Sunday Funday gathering at Lincoln Park. Starting at 1:00 p.m., Sonthana Thongsithavong will be providing tennis lessons for all ages. While some folks are playing tennis, the rest of us will start a kickball game. Cold bottled water will be provided. Please contact Jenny (217.528.4311, ext. 209) for more information. We hope to see you there!
Younger Adult Fellowship:
Theology on Tap
First Mondays (August 3) | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
- Call for location, as it varies -
Join us as we continue Martin Luther's tradition of talking theology, life, and whatever else is on our minds over food and drink at a local restaurant.
Contact Jennifer Hardin (217.528.4311, ext. 209) for location and other information.
First Presbyterian Church Docents
Annual Summer Sanctuary Tours
Monday through Friday | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
— in the sanctuary
Docents conduct tours of our church sanctuary, sharing about the history of our church, the connection First Presbyterian Church has to Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, the Tiffany and Willet Studios windows, the Brombaugh Opus 35 Pipe Organ, and the programs of our church. Most importantly, visitors learn that First Presbyterian Church is a real, active, working church in an urban environment – not only a historic site.
Are you interested in becoming a docent? If you have a few free hours during the week, enjoy meeting new people and would like to share information about our church with people you've never met, we have a place for you! All you need is a friendly smile. Contact Randy Wiseman to join.
– In Concert on Thursdays –
The Lincoln Troubadours
Thursdays | 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
— in the sanctuary
Stop by to listen to The Lincoln Troubadors, a vocally talented group of young people who sing a cappella 19th Century music.
Coffee Hour Volunteers
are needed to provide light refreshments after church. Menus to serve 45-50 people for $25 - $30 are available, if you need suggestions. Coffee Hour Fellowship gives us all an opportunity to get to know new members and visitors. It is our time to make everyone feel welcome. Please sign up in the Commons.
Sunday Chapel, Wednesday Evening Worship
and the Wednesday Children's Choir is on hiatus for this summer.
First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir
is on summer break! There will be special music guests for each worship service throughout the summer.
for the Sixth & Capital Herndon Parking Garage are available from the deacon secretary and assistant deacon secretary.