First Presbyterian Church

Welcome to First Presbyterian
Church, Sterling, Illinois!

We're glad you found our home on the web, and we hope that if you are in Sterling you'll find us in God's house. We're "First on Second" - our building is at 410 Second Avenue, right at the corner of Second Avenue and Fifth Street.

We meet for worship every Sunday at 9:30 AM. Our worship service is unique - we use an order of worship, but we are not formal; we use new songs and old hymns; we share and laugh, but we take our faith seriously. On a given Sunday you may hear guitar and drums, violin, pipe organ, flute, handbells, keyboard and piano, and a choir -- our music is inspiring, beautiful, and energizing!

Some people dress up for Sunday worship, some dress down. Most of us are somewhere in between. You'll see blue jeans and suits and ties, but mostly khakis, slacks, and people looking pretty comfortable. When you arrive, you'll be greeted and offered a nametag. We encourage everyone at our worship to wear nametags. It helps us greet each other by name, and for those who may be forgetful, saves some embarrassment! You'll also get a bulletin, which contains the order of service and an insert with announcements and prayer concerns. Everything printed in the bulletin will also be displayed on slides, projected on both sides at the front of the church, so you will know what is going on even if this is your first time to worship with us. We stand up and sit down pretty often, but there are asterisks in the bulletin to tell you when that happens, plus the leader will usually tell you when to sit or stand. Or you can just watch everybody else and do what they do.

Coffee fellowship is immediately following worship, and Christian Education for all ages begins at 11:00 AM. Our classes run from September to mid-May. We usually have some special events in place of our regular classes during December. On the first Sunday of every month, we celebrate learning together with WE! a time of fun, learning, and lunch. Everyone from age 3 to 93 comes to WE!.

Our office is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.