May 2017  
Upcoming Events


Hunger Sunday
The Peacemaking Committee invites the congregation to write letters to Congress encouraging the passage of bills that fund anti-hunger projects around the world. A "Bread for the World" video will also be shown in the Gathering Room
Adult Education
9:00 AM
Adult Education Classroom in lower level
Teen Church School
9:00 AM
Youth Area
Children's Church School
10:30 AM
Worship in the Sanctuary until Children's Time when the children are taken to the Children's classroom.


AA Meeting
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
Dining Room - use Elevator Entrance
  • Lenten Series "Thirsty for God"
  • Lenten Soup Supper
  • Installation of pastors
  • Installation of Pastors
  • Bell choir
  • Children's Time with Victor
  • Doug, Jean and Bob
  • Children's Church School
  • Christmas
  • Christmas
  • Christmas Eve
  • Choir Christmas Program
  • Advent banners
  • Advent wreath
  • Tower Notes
  • Hat/mitten tree
  • Grace Orphanage in Kenya support
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • New Song Worship
  • Good Samaritan Inn
  • Packing Muffley backpacks
  • Easter breakfast
  • Easter
  • Blessing Prayer Shawls
  • Generations of Generosity Luncheon
  • Generations of Generosity Luncheon
  • Peace & Justice Sunday
  • Tower Ringers at Pentecost
  • String Band Showcase
  • Back Row Singers
  • Stand Up For Grace African Craft Sale

Welcome to First Presbyterian Church, which is located in downtown Decatur but draws its congregation from throughout the county. All 380 members are encouraged to take part in worship as lay leaders, greeters, musicians, and ushers.

First Presbyterian Church of Decatur is committed to loving witness to the church and community that all are welcome to worship, serve and share talents, passions and struggles.      It is the nature of God’s grace that we extend compassion and acceptance with a hospitable heart.  It is our vision and desire to grow and build relationships with all of God’s people where there are no boundaries of age, race, culture, socio-economic status, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.  

If you are seeking a place to call home, our hearts and doors are always open.

Mission, ministry and music are the common threads woven together at First Presbyterian Church. People of many backgrounds interweave their many talents to bring exciting life to our congregation. Musical talents play a major role in the rich diversity of our programs. All ages are also provided with opportunities for education and fellowship. Church school classes and adult education programs teach us the Good News of the Bible while soup suppers, potlucks, workdays, retreats, walkathons, to name just a few, bring us together to share in the Good News and to spread it to others.

Our congregation is a family that worships and prays together inside and outside the church walls.

  • We actively witness beyond ourselves through our common ministries.
  • We share in the joy of birth and the sorrow of death.
  • We care for and visit those with physical illnesses; we counsel and pray for those emotionally burdened.
  • We celebrate all aspects of God's gifts and use them to build a strong church family.



Contact Us  
First Presbyterian Church of Decatur Illinois
204 W. Prairie Ave
Decatur , Illinois 62523
Phone 217-429-4195
Choir Pops Luncheon Concert

"June is bustin' out all over!" is this year's theme for the Choir Pops Luncheon Concert scheduled for June 4 after the 10:30 service (11:30 ish).  Come by and listen to the choir, handbells and pianists serenade you with their beautiful music.  Box lunches consisting of 2 pieces of chicken, potato salad, chips, a cookie and a drink will be available for $5 but only if you reserve a meal by May 31!  Call or e-mail the office to sign up.  Pay at the concert.

Tower Notes

The current edition (May 25, 2017) and previous editions of Tower Notes can be found by clicking HERE.

Peace Notes

The current edition (2017 Winter) and previous editions of Peace Notes can be found by clicking HERE.

Sermons Online

You can now find the sermon audio files online.  Click the Sermon tab to check out this part of our site.

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