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Staff Meeting
10:30 AM
Youth Area
  • Pathfinders
  • Pathfinders
  • Pathfinders
  • Musicales
  • Musicales
  • Musicales
  • Musicales
  • Musicales
  • Musicales
  • Musicales
  • Musicales
  • Musicales
  • Musicales
  • Easter
  • Feed My Starving Children Mission Project
  • Feed My Starving Children Mission Project
  • Church Street Walk
  • Church Street Walk
  • Welcome Rev. John Kay
  • Welcome Rev. John Kay
  • Back Row Singers
  • Stand Up For Grace African Craft Sale
  • Mitten Tree
  • Good Samaritan Volunteers
  • Good Samaritan Volunteers
  • Mission Saturday--Sangamon River Clean-Up
  • Women's Night Out--Main Hangar Restaurant
  • Women's Night Out--Main Hangar Restaurant
  • Palm Sunday Bell Choir
  • Easter Service
  • Easter Time with Young People
  • Nursery
  • Confirmation Class
  • Hymnal Workshop with Mel Bringle
  • Children's Sermon
  • Spring Musicale String Band

Welcome to First Presbyterian Church, which is located in downtown Decatur but draws its congregation from throughout the county. All 480 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
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Pathfinders Walk and Conversation

Wellness of mind, body, and soul

Pathfinders Walk & Conversation launched in 2014.  The intent of this fellowship is to combine exercise of body, mind, and soul. The group began with a six week 45 minute walk through Fairview Park trails to share great conversation with an optional book study.

Each spring and fall, a new path is chosen in the Decatur area with the same focus; to connect and reflect as God’s people, sharing the good news through our actions. As the hymn of old reads, ‘I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked’, we are reminded that it is a walk of spiritual and personal connection that makes this time together so special.

“We are not humans on a spiritual path. Rather we are spirits on a human path."     ~Jean Shinoda Bolen  

PATHFINDERS BEGINS 4 p.m. Wed. May 6, 2015

Meet at the church parking lot at 4 p.m. for a 45 minute round-trip stroll through the heart of downtown Decatur. This walk is a time to prayerfully connect with businesses, neighborhoods and people we pass along the way. Grab your shoes, call a friend and join us on Wednesdays May 6,13,20,27 and June 3,10,17 and 24. Cancelled on rainy days. Call 620-7563 for more info.


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