March 2019   
  • Choir Picnic
  • Celtic music
  • Children's Time with 1st Pres String Band
  • Praying with Jean
  • Communion
  • Blessing Prayer Shawls
  • Tower Ringers
  • 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
  • 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
Sunday Worship Times

8:45 AM NewSong Service

11:00 AM Sanctuary Service

"One Table" service at 11:00 AM on 1st Sunday of every month

9:45 AM Christian Education 
for all ages

Lenten Soup Suppers

Weekly Lenten Soup Suppers will be held throughout Lent, each Wednesday from March 13-April 10 at 6:15pm.  A free-will offering will be taken with most of the proceeds going to the Marion Medical Mission and a small portion going to the Muffley School Earth Day Project.

Taize' Service

Come to a Taize' service for quiet time, reflection, contemplation, peaceful music and prayer.

Taize' meets the first Wednesday of each month from September through May at 6:45 p.m. in the Chapel.

Tower Notes

The current edition (February 27, 2019) and previous editions of Tower Notes can be found by clicking HERE.

Peace Notes

The current edition (2018 Winter) and previous editions of Peace Notes can be found by clicking HERE.

Church Directory

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