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, we believe in the big umbrella of grace and we welcome all who wish to join us.
— Rev. Dr. Clifford J. Hayes

Worship Times

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

Wednesday Vespers
5:30 p.m.
- in the Chapel -

Summer Chapel

begins again June 8, 2014
- in the Chapel -

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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

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Staff Listing

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


News and Events

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in Celebration of the Life of

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Nancy Haaker of Springfield died Saturday, April 5, at Memorial Medical Center. The funeral service will be held on May 1, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at the Illinois Presbyterian Home, 2005 W. Lawrence, with Rev. Dr. Clifford Hayes officiating. Interment precedes the funeral at 2:00 p.m. at Camp Butler, 5063 Camp Butler Road, Springfield, IL 62707. Read more here...

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Passion/Palm Sunday Worship
Sunday, April 13 | 10:30 a.m. — 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.
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Maundy Thursday Worship
Thursday, April 17 | 7:00 p.m. — Join us in a litany of healing and wholeness — and for communion at Christ's inclusive table. Child care will be provided.

Good Friday Vigil of Darkness
April 18 | 7:00 p.m. —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 will be provided.

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.

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Easter Sunrise Worship
Sunday, April 20 | 6:14 a.m. — Join us in the Chancel for an informal service in the early morning light. Angie Pryer will play the piano.

Easter Breakfast 2014
Attendees travel together to a local restaurant for breakfast after.

Easter Sunday- Witness to the Resurrection
Sunday, April 20 | 10:30 a.m. — 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)

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... Habitat Youth Build Blitz

- 727 N. 7th Street
First Presbyterian Church is participating in the annual Habitat for Humanity Youth Build. We are looking for volunteers, including food providers, construction volunteers, Steering Committee participants, construction site hosts, and youth volunteers (ages 5-25). Please contact Paul Stromdahl (217.558.3845) or Don Ecklund (217.787.7810) to volunteer and/or for more information.

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Church Co-Ed Softball Team Practice

- at Lincoln Park, 1601 North 5th Street

Games on Thursdays

- at Calvary Temple, 1730 W Jefferson Street

Angela Pryer is organizing a co-ed church softball team this year. Anyone 18 and older is welcome to play, and 15-17-year-olds may play with parental consent. Contact Angela to add your name(s) to the team list. All are welcome.

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