If You're New Here
Whoever you are, and wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome at the First Presbyterian Church of Effingham.
We invite you to join us in worship at 9:30 on any Sunday morning. Don't worry too much about how you dress. We aren't terribly concerned about stylish or dress-up clothes. You'll see people in worship wearing suits and dresses, but you'll also see people wearing jeans and sweatshirts. As long as you're wearing clothes, you'll probably fit right in.
Before the Service
If you get here early, please have some pastry and a cup of coffee or juice in Hagman Hall, our community/fellowship room. You are welcome to bring your drink into the sanctuary and to your seat during worship.
In the Sanctuary
After a few announcements and sharing information about our community's life, we begin our worship by having two of our children light candles on the communion table as a reminder that whenever two or three of us are gathered together in Jesus' name, the Holy One is among us.
Music and Singing
Our musical leaders will then guide us into our worship. We have a praise team that leads us in worship from the front of the sanctuary. We believe that the first and most important offering we give to God is praise.
The Worship Bulletin
When you arrive and are ready to enter the sanctuary, one of our ushers will give you a worship bulletin that provides a guide to our order of worship. This leaflet contains the words to the songs we'll be singing together and the words to the prayers we'll be saying together on that particular Sunday. It also lists the announcements and upcoming events that are part of our life together. "Together" is an important word in describing how we understand ourselves as a church—as a community of faith.
When we observe communion, we welcome everyone who wishes to join us, whatever their age or religious affiliations. We use unfermented grape juice to signify the New Covenant sealed in Jesus' blood, and along with our common, everyday bread, we offer gluten-free bread for those who desire that option. We want to ensure that absolutely everyone knows they are welcome at the Lord's Table.
The Collection Plate
We will pass the collection plate during worship. Giving a part of our income symbolizes our giving ourselves to God. However, we do not want anyone to feel obligated about money. You don't owe us an admission to enter God's house. That's already been covered. How, when, and where to give an offering of your time, of your talent, or of your money is between you and God. If you're new here, be assured, your presence is already a gift. Put your wallet away.
If children accompany you, they are welcome to remain with you in worship. Infants through five-year-old children can also receive excellent care in our nursery. Nursery care is available during worship, during Sunday school classes, and during most activities. For older children, we offer age-appropriate Children's Church worship and activities. These young people start off in the sanctuary with their families, then gather at the front of the sanctuary for a short children's message. After they're blessed with prayer, they depart as a group for Children's Church.
After worship we have Sunday school classes.
- For two- and three-year-old children
- For four- and five-year-old children
- For first and second graders
- For third, fourth, and fifth graders
- For Junior High students
- For Senior High students
- For adults
We warmly invite you to join us at First Presbyterian any Sunday! Come walk with us!