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Renovating our church will create accessible, beautiful, and functional spaces for our ministry and our mission partners. Central to our plans is an elevator that will provide access to all five levels of our building and an additional 20,000 square feet for gathering, meeting, learning and worshiping space.

The Session of First Presbyterian Church, Springfield, IL, calls a

congregational meeting on November 13, 2022 in Zoom for the purpose

of voting on borrowing funds from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program to fund this renovation. All members are receiving a

letter and email with details of this meeting.

Informational discussion  in Zoom Wednesday Nov. 9th with

the Renovation Team and Finance Committee.

Introduction to the Renovation Team Presentation to Session

Architecture Promotes Healing

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Capital Campaign

The vision of transforming our building into an accessible, beautiful, and healing space is inspiring. By creating accessible, hospitable spaces, we are better able to build relationships within and beyond our church. In these ways, our new building helps us build community!

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Drawings & Floor Plans

To use our facility more faithfully, we know we need an elevator. These drawings and floor plans are a beginning point for congregational conversation. 

Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program 

PILP makes loans to Presbyterian churches with special rates for increased accessibility and green construction.


Rooted & Reaching Timeline

Charrette Report Spring 2020

Dimension IV architectural firm was retained by First Presbyterian Church  to provide a multi-session Design/ Planning Charrette. The primary goal for the Charrette was to visualize the potential of the facility to meet the requirements of the American Disabilities Act (ADA) for universal accessibility and revise as appropriate how the facility can best meet the current and anticipated future mission and goals of the congregation.

Design Summary

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Visuals Speak Workshop 8.2019

Sixty church members worked with Molly Grisham to envision how God is calling us to serve our community as faithful disciples of Jesus and led by the Spirit.. The overwhelming clarity for building renovations is an elevator. We also highly value our community partnerships.

Engineering Analysis

The engineering analysis focused on the viability of the 1920 wing and addressed accessibility for connecting the sanctuary and 1920 and 1967 additions. The recommendation was to remove and replace this section.


Pastoral Letters

As a community of faith, we are in an exciting time of listening for where God is leading us and discerning our ministries in our future. We are describing ourselves as “Rooted and Reaching.”

Rooted & Reaching Timeline

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Community Asset Mapping

Asset mapping is a critical engagement tool – bringing together a wide group of stakeholders and leaders from throughout Springfield and greater Sangamon County to generate ideas and guidance on ways that First Presbyterian Church can use its space and building for new uses, partnerships, and collaboration.

Asset Mapping Summary

Geography of Grace 

As a congregation, we are rooted and reaching. We honor our past, our roots, while nurturing our growing future, our branches. In these workshops, we listened for God’s voice leading us in new paths informed by our history and shaped by our present community. This is our heart and soul work. The Geography of Grace curriculum was developed by the Center for Courage and Renewal. 


“I give thanks to God with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”
~ Psalm 9:1

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