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.
Our Ash Wednesday worship experience will be Wednesday, March 5,from 5-7 PM in the Sanctuary. It will be a guided meditation, reflecting on the meaning of Lent. Rick or Chuck will be available for prayer and the imposition of ashes. Each meditation cycle will take abut fifteen minutes; you are free to come at any time and to stay as long as you want.
Friday March 7th
Birth through 5th Grade
Parents Date Night
Drop Off Kids
No Dinner Provided however... we have snacks!
Everything is Awesome!
I woke up this morning to an automated voice mail sent out from the kid's school district. The news: School is once again cancelled due to inclement weather. The proverbial "old man winter" has not been gentle on us this year. I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and walked into their bedroom to confirm the much anticipated (and expected) snow day. A few minutes later I received an email from Pastor Rick letting the staff know that the church offices would be closed today. A snow day for me as well.
We are thrilled to announce that we have two social work interns from the University of Illinois working with our Missions Coordinator, Tracy Dace this semester. Sara Haines and Brianna Hinton have both graciously taken the time to introduce themselves via print and picture. If you see them around the church be sure to introduce yourself and say hi!
My name is Sara Haines and I am currently a senior at the University of Illinois studying Social Work. I will be working with First Presbyterian this semester in the world missions ministry. I was born and raised Catholic and have always been involved with my faith but it wasn’t until college that I really sought out a relationship with the Lord. I got involved with a group called FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) my first semester, and have been growing in my relationship with Jesus ever since. I started getting more involved with leading a small group and helping with retreats, and it was through these experiences that I realized my love for mission and serving others. Hence, my degree in social work!
I am excited to work with FPCC this semester and see what it looks like to coordinate with missions in a faith-based organization. I am interested in getting involved in a one-on-one way, but also learning how things work administratively. Also, it will be great to learn about the many forms and facets of mission ministry.
Hello, my name is Brianna Hinton and I am an intern here at First Presbyterian Church of Champaign for the spring semester of 2014. I am currently enrolled as a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and plan on graduating in May majoring in Social Work. My faith journey for this internship was very cloudy at the ending of last semester. Around the time I was applying for internships, I was very confused on where I wanted to be stationed. FPCC was not my top choice for internship, but I could not be more excited to have joined this team here at FPCC. I believe that things happen for a reason, so when I did not hear back from my top intern site, I was very skeptical about where I would be interning at for the spring. Then, this opportunity at FPCC came about and I became even more delighted once I heard the wonderful tasks that I would be doing. I knew that I would love this opportunity to be engaged in Mission Work because it was something new to me.
The experience that I hope to get while interning here at FPCC is the ability to learn how to conduct myself in a professional setting and to engage myself into new and meaningful experiences. I want to learn about the different cultures and how they differ from the ones that are familiar with me. I hope to gain knowledge from professionals in and outside the office that have the same goals and aspects that I have. This will help me learn to be a better social worker and learn how to present case studies inside of meetings. I hope that my experience here is valued because I am grateful to be in this position and hope that I can help out as much as I can. I want to be able to give something in return to the church, so that as well as I am learning, they are learning as well.