October 2020  
Upcoming Events
Regular Schedule

Office Hours

  • Monday: 8:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-5:00pm

    Tuesday: 8:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-5:00pm

    Wednesday: 8:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-5:00pm

    Thursday: CLOSED

    Friday: 8:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-5:00pm


  • NewSong Service
    – 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Christian Education
    – 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
  • Sanctuary Service
    – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Reader's Theatre: Story of Jonah
  • Peacemaking Award
  • Gun Violence Prevention Webinar
  • Bundled Bottoms Diaper Project
  • 1st Pres String Band at Library
  • Adult Education Class
  • Choir Picnic
  • Celtic music
  • Praying with Jean
  • Communion
  • Blessing Prayer Shawls
  • Tower Ringers
  • Children's Time with Victor
  • Children's Church School
  • Hat/mitten tree
  • New Song Worship

Welcome to First Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), located in downtown Decatur, Illinois.  We welcome all who visit and all who feel called by God to join our congregation, regardless of age, race, culture, socio-economic status, ethnicity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.  We are grateful for members who are involved as teachers and church officers, including LGBTQ persons.  We recognize the right of all people to marry, including same-gender couples.  All are welcome.

As faithful followers of Jesus Christ in this modern world, we strive to seek justice, spread kindness, and embrace inclusion.  We work toward these goals through worship, service, mission, stewardship, education, and fellowship.  Please browse the VISITORS tab to learn more about us and our goals, programs, and services.  Feel free to check out all the tabs.

Join us as we share our talents, passions, and struggles.  We have good discussions, respect for varying opinions, opportunities for personal growth, and a fair amount of laughter.  We are unified in our faith, hope, trust, and gratitude to God.

Come, join the conversation. 



Sunday Worship

  8:45 a.m.  NewSong Service

  9:45 a.m.  Christian Education for all ages

11:00 a.m.  Sanctuary Service

first Sunday of every month: "One Table" Service at 11:00 a.m.


Taizé Contemplative Service

first Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., September through May


(for descriptions of each service, see “Services” under the Visitors tab)



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

October Communion Service

This month's virtual communion service can be viewed on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHBL_kXD4L8 as well as on our Facebook page! Previous services are also available on our YouTube channel.

'Giving Thanks' Drop Off Food Collection

A Drop Off Food Collection for Northeast Community Fund will be held 9-noon on Saturday, November 7th. Donations can be dropped off at the First Pres west elevator entrance. Suggested items are dry jello and gravy mixes, chicken broth, boxes of dressing, cans of green beans or corn. 

COVID-19 Restrictions

Now that the State of Illinois has moved to Phase 4, the church has begun having one small service at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday.  In order to attend, you must call the church (429-4195) EVERY WEEK and sign-up.  Masks must be worn and social distancing (6 ft.) must be observed.  When you arrive at the church, your name must be on our list and your temperature will be taken before you are allowed into the building.

This service will be live streamed on You-Tube beginning at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday and will remain available there for future viewing.  You can find the link to the YouTube services in the announcement above.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Tower Notes

The October edition (September 30, 2020) and previous editions of Tower Notes can be found by clicking HERE.

Peace Notes

The current edition (May 2020 Special Edition) and previous editions of Peace Notes can be found by clicking HERE.

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Church Directory

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Sermons Online

Miss a service? Our sermons are accessible online for listening from home. Find them by clicking HERE.

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