... Rev. Dr. CJ Hayes













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

Worship Times

Sunday Worship
10:30 a.m.
- in the Sanctuary -

Wednesday Vespers

September - May
5:30 p.m.
- in the Chapel -

Summer Chapel

begins the next season on June 7, 2015
- in the Chapel -

More about worship ...

Office Hours

Church Office
(ring bell at portico-covered door)
Monday — Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Samaritan Ministries
(ring bell at so. west ramped door)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
9:00 a.m. to noon

More about Samaritan Ministries ...

Staff Listing

We invite you
to visit our
staff listing page

Contact us:
321 S. Seventh Street Springfield, IL 62701
tele: 217.528.4311
fax: 217.528.0768


News and Events

palm leaf | ©2015 iStockphoto.com
~ Passion/Palm Sunday ~

- in the sanctuary

We are led into Holy Week by the children's palm processional: In this season of the Christian year, Lent's sixth Sunday - Passion/Palm Sunday - is an occasion to reflect on the final week of Jesus' earthly life. In this worship service the relationship between the death and the resurrection of Jesus is represented by the palm processional as we begin worship, and as a figure dressed in black representing the impending crucifixion of Jesus appears at the end of the service. As this figure picks up the palms, we are called to enter the passion of Holy Week. You will find the biblical account of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem in Matthew 21:1-11.

Holy Week Worship Services

crown of thorns | ©2014 iStockphoto.com
~ Maundy Thursday Worship ~

- in the sanctuary

Join us in a litany of healing and wholeness and for communion at Christ's inclusive table. Child care provided in the Nursery.

~ Good Friday Vigil of Darkness ~

- in the sanctuary

This stirring service of darkness recalls Christ’s seven last words. — Led by Rev. Virginia Cooper, Rev. Dr. Wesley Robinson-McNeese, Rev. Clifford J. Hayes and joining with our sister church, New Mission Church of God, for this service. Child Care provided in the Nursery.

We are prepared for Jesus’ death by Isaiah’s prophecies of the Suffering Servant, which will be sung by Susan Harris: Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (based on Isaiah 53 from "He Was Despised" from Handel's Messiah). He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief ... He gave his back to the smiters; and his cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; He hid not his face from shame and spitting.

emptyat sunrise

~ Easter Sunrise Worship ~

— Join us in the Chancel for an informal service in the early morning light. Angie Pryer will play the piano.

Easter Breakfast 2015
Attendees travel together to a local restaurant for breakfast after.

~ Easter Sunday- Witness to the Resurrection ~

— Join us in the sanctuary for a festival of Joy: the service will be interwoven with special music by the Sanctuary Choir and special guests.

One Great Hour of SharingOne Great Hour of Sharing

Presbyterians join with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives and work together to strengthen their families and communities. Please place your offering in the collection plate on Sunday, or give online (blue button below)

Stained Glass Repair Project Willet Stained Glass Repair | ©2015 iStockphoto.com

Workers from the Emil Frei Stained Glass Company in St. Louis are back to continue the window restoration project that began a few years ago. Next up is the Willet window in the southeast corner of the sanctuary. This Sunday you will notice that sections of this window have been removed for cleaning and repair. Two more windows on the south side of the sanctuary will be included in the restoration project this spring. All should be completed by early or mid-summer.

Learn more here about this talented company we have entrusted with the window project: http://emilfrei.com

Chapel | ©2015 iStockphoto.com
Wednesday Evening Worship and Potluck

- in the Chapel with potluck in the Commons

Join us on Wednesday evenings! We have been exploring different ways to worship, pray, and meditate, and we hope you will join us. Immediately following our time of worship together, we will transition into a time of fellowship and share a meal.

First Presbyterian Church Youth Choir
Led by Susan Harris and Angie Pryer

- in the Choir Roomwall art: piano keyboard | 2015 First Presbyterian Church/Springfield

All youth and children are welcome to join in learning and singing together! After choir practice, we will gather in the Commons with others for the weekly potluck dinner.

Camp Wyoming 2015
Camp Wyoming Logo | http://campwyoming.net

Register today! First Presbyterian Church will provide transportation to Camp Wyoming on Sunday, July 5 and home on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Early bird registration is open and can be completed online at www.campwyoming.net. Please contact Jennifer at 217.528.4311, ext. 209, if you have questions or would
like help registering.

Martin Luther | 2015 iStockphoto.com
Theology on Tap
- Next meeting is Monday, April 6 -
- Call for location, as it varies -cross

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.

For City of Springfield Residents Only:
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
oil paint | ©2015 First Presbyterian Church
- Illinois State Fairgrounds, Enter at Gate 11

Download the PDF here for information about what materials are accepted. For Springfield's guide of where to recycle those challenging specific items, please go here...

First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, Illinois, is an inclusive community of faith.

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