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 Traditonal Worship. The Gathering, our contemporary worship experience, meets at 10:30 am Sunday mornings.
Okay, I admit it! I have a love / hate relationship with computers. I think it is because I just don’t understand them. When I was a child, we were told not to mess with something that you didn’t understand because you might break it. This is a deeply ingrained mindset that is hard for me to let go of. So while I don’t like the fact that I’m not as computer savvy as I’d like to be, I love having access to the instant information about just about everything that computers provide.
The World Mission Committee, the adult education committee and Cuba Partners invite you to join us on an exciting journey to the Caribbean. On Saturday, May 10 and Sunday May 11 First Presbyterian will be filled with the music, food, and stories from the Caribbean.
The boat will leave from Centennial Hall at 10:30 a.m. Along the way we will meet Mission Co-worker Jo Ella Holman by Skype from the Dominican Republic. FPCC supports her work in Cuba and the Caribbean. This will be an opportunity to learn about her work on the various islands and ask her questions.
Cuba is isolated from us in the United States but have you wondered how she relates to her Caribbean neighbors? Dr. Nils Jacobsen, Center for Latin America and Caribbean studies at the University of Illinois will tell us the latest on that. He has taken a group of U. of Illinois students to study in Havana for a summer session, and is to travel to the island with a second group this year.
Concurrently, in the Christian Education harbor across Doxology Lane, Cassie McConkey invites all youth of the church to join in music, fun and games from Cuba and an opportunity to learn about an upcoming youth trip being planned for 2015.
To top off this event filled morning, Joe Grant offers an opportunity to hear a little of the dress rehearsal of the “Caribbean Mass” to be performed the next day. At 12:00 sharp we will dock in the dining room for a Jamaican Jerked Chicken lunch accompanied by other Caribbean delicacies. Joe will tell us about the Mass, how it evolved, the meaning of the various parts and the use of steel drums and other instruments. The presentation of the Mass on Sunday will have special meaning to us all!
Forward 150 Dinner & Celebration // Friday, May 2, 6 pm - 7:30 pm // Centennial Hall // The entire congregation is invited to celebrate all that God is doing and look forward towards the future. A congregational vote will be taken in regards to the Forward 150 Drive. We will be serving food from El Toro (donations accepted) and then listen to a few brief presentations and updates. Come and be inspired and refreshed as we move Foward together.
My wife and I were walking into a store the other day and she casually mentioned, "I love this time of year! You can smell the Earth coming back to life." I'd never heard spring phrased so tangibly.
During our recent Forward 150 congregational forums several of you asked some excellent questions. We've complied a list of all of the questions asked in each one of the forums along with some answers from Session and Staff. You can download them by clicking here.
If you have any further questions or if you have any difficulties downloading the content please contact the church office by clicking here.
KIDS MISSION ACADEMY 2014 - "Taking a Bite Out of Hunger" June 23-27 from 9:30am - Noon
Reserve your spot for this year's Kids Mission Academy today! Finalize your registration by filling out a form that you will recieve via email (after registering) to provide us with additional information and a medical and photography release. These forms can also be found in the church office and at the Welcome Center.
Fill out the form below to sign up for the 2014 Go and Serve Mission Trip to Washington, IL - July 13th - 18th, 2014.
This mission trip is for 6th - 12th grade students (as of Fall 2014) and qualified volunteers. All participants and parents must attend the Go and Serve participant/parent meeting on May 18th at 10am in the Youth Lounge at FPCC.
After submitting your registration, please send your $25 deposit per student to the church office, to reserve your spot on the trip. Registration and deposit must be submitted by April 27th, 2014.
From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. Psalm 8:2
“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.” –E.Y. Harburg