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, we believe in the big umbrella of grace and we welcome all who wish to join us.
— Rev. Dr. Clifford J. Hayes
- in the Sanctuary -
- in the Chapel -
begins again June 8, 2014
- 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
Advent: Prepare, Get Ready ...
Make a place for the Lord. The word 'advent' is Latin for 'a coming or arrival.' Advent is a season of preparation. The idea behind it is that God came to earthly life and lived among us. It's something to celebrate and rejoice, because just by being in it, God was giving the supreme blessing to the created world. But this birth led to an execution of this same God, by us on behalf of us, and then the greatest news that death will not end it all.
Christmas Melodies and Messages
1850s Community Carol Sing
Saturday, December 7, 2013
6:00 p.m. Service | 5:45 p.m. Music Prelude
Travel back to the 1850s this Christmas season—join Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln for special music, worship, and a carol sing. Abraham and Mary Lincoln, portrayed by Fritz Klein and Pam Brown, will greet visitors — and everyone is invited to attend this free event in period costumes along with our musical guests. The evening offering will go to the Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign to benefit the poor of Sangamon County.
Refreshments, including Mary Lincoln's White Cake, will follow the service.
Guest Musicians performing period music are: Illinois Symphony Brass Trio, Capital Chamber Singers, The Prairie Aires, Mathilda Edge, soprano, First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir, Rudolf Zuiderveld, organ, and Angela Pryer, piano. Read more . . .
Brown Bag Concert Series
Wednesdays, December 4 - December 18 lunchtime: 12:15 -12:45 p.m.
—in the Sanctuary
The audience is invited to enjoy lunch during these free concerts: brown bag lunches may be purchased at the door for $5, or you may bring your own.
Brown Bag Concert
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 | 12:15 p.m.
Sangamon Brass Quintet
Brown Bag Concert Wednesday,
December 11 | 12:15 p.m.
— piano and accordion —
Brown Bag Concert
December 18 | 12:15 p.m.
Annual Christmas Music
and Carol Singing
— Rudolf Zuiderveld, organ,
with Becky Kemp, soprano,
and Angela Pryer, piano —
Celebration of God’s Gifts:
Sunday, December 8 | 10:30 a.m.
This day we give thanks for this church's enthusiastic members and fruitful ministries. We are Christ's body, and as such we can bring hope, comfort, and good news to a hurting world. We thank God for our church family, where we can share our hopes and challenges together.
— also on December 8 (and 15) —
Parent's Day Out
Sunday, December 8 and Sunday, December 15
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The nursery and Christian Education staff will stay late, have lunch with the children, play games, and do crafts — giving parents an opportunity for an afternoon out for lunch and Christmas shopping.
Children's Christmas Pageant & Pancake Brunch
Sunday, December 15
10:30 a.m. and after church
The 2013 Christmas Pageant is based on a collection of poems by Norma Farber entitled When It Snowed That Night. All of the children (even the youngest ones) are invited to join us. The story is about animals unexpectedly traveling from all over the world to see the newborn baby Jesus. If you have not contacted DCE Jenny about participating, there is still time to join us.
Worship the Lord in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the earth.
– Psalm 96:9 –
Holiday Cheer Gathering
Friday, December 20 | 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening of crafts and activities to bring Christmas cheer to others!
We will make Christmas cards and write letters to our homebound members, decorate Christmas cookies, build and decorate gingerbread houses, and sing Christmas carols! The espresso machine will also be up and running, and we will have a new recipe for dinner!
Did You Know?
An AED device and First Aid Kit are located by the stairs between the chapel, the back hall, and the sanctuary. From the sanctuary, this is the door and stairway closest to the Angel of Resurrection window. A number of members and all staff are in the process of training for certification. If you would like to become certified, please call Chris Wheal in the church office: 217.528.4311 ext 204.