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Welcome to the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign's Website. We are disciples of Jesus Christ, who worship our God, share love and friendship with one another, and are passionate about making a difference in our community and beyond. We believe that a church exists for ministry and mission as a fire exists for burning. Our Sunday morning worship times are 8 am and 9 am for Traditional Worship. The Gathering, our contemporary worship experience, meets at 10:30 am Sunday mornings.

Kids Mission Academy

Posted on May 4, 2015

Kids Mission Academy is a friendly outreach event that First Presbyterian Church offers during the summertime.  It offers a unique opportunity for children to understand God’s Story and how they are a part of the story in a setting that’s distinctly different than Sunday school.  Kids Mission Academy is a "Vacation Bible School" style opportunity for children to learn more about how to help others in our community and world.  God calls us to be the hands and feet of Jesus, to have compassion for those in need.  Kids Mission Academy gives children 3 years old through 5th grade to not only learn about what "mission" is, but to experience it!

This year's Kids Mission Academy theme is Praising God, Protecting Our Environment.  We will be learning about how God created the world, and how we can do our part to protect His creation!  Tony Taylor, self proclaimed "master musical tinkerer", and owner of Ascendent Instruments which is featured at Urbana's Market at the Square, will join us at camp to help us make instruments out of recycled materials.  We'll sing, learn Bible stories, have snack, and learn how to play our new instruments as we prepare for our concert!

Kids Mission Academy Camp will take place each Sunday in June (7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th) from 2:00-4:30pm at First Presbyterian Church in Downtown Champaign.  Camp will wrap up on June 28th with a family dinner from 5-6pm and Community Concert from 6-7pm.

Register for Kids Mission Academy by visiting  You may also call the church office, 217-356-7238, or email the Children and Family Ministry Director, Cassie McConkey, at

To find out more about Tony and his business Ascendent Instruments, see his Facebook Page and check out this excellent News-Gazette article.



Posted on February 25, 2015

As you are probably are aware by now I’m about to leave the church for a while to have my second baby. This is obviously an exciting time for my family. We did not expect to have a second child so we truly feel we are blessed with a miracle.


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