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.
You, friends and family, are always invited to attend worship at 9:30 am on any Sunday morning. There is no required worship attire. Attendees wear a variety of clothing from jeans to suits and ties.
Before the Service
Before worship at 9 am coffee, beverages and donut holes are available in Hagman Hall, our community/fellowship room. Friends gather, greet each other and enjoy conversation prior to worshp.
In the Sanctuary
After a few announcements and sharing information about our community's life, Worship begins a 9:30 am with music and lighting 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
Make a joyful noise. A praise team, Loft Choir will lead Worship singing. Worship includes contemporary Christian music, classic hymns and many genres of sacred music.
The Worship Bulletin
Worship bulletins are handed out by ushers at entrances of the Sanctuary. Two tv screens in front of the sanctuary will also display all prayers, music lyrics, the order of worship, announcements and anything else necessary for Worship participation.
An open communion table is observed. Anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, regardless of age or religious affiliations. is invited to take communion. Grape juice bread and gluten free options are served at the communion table. Communion is served once each month, on Maundy Thursday, on Easter Sunday and at both Christmas Eve services.
The Collection Plate
Communion plates will be passed during worship. No one is obligated to donate. All contributions are used to support mission work; provide Youth and Children activities; pay for church events; maintain the Church's campus and pay staff salaries. Each year a budget is presented to the congregation for approval. At an annual congregation meeting the previous year's activities and expenditures are reviewed and approved by church members.
Children are welcome to remain in worship. Infants through five-year-old children can also receive excellent care in our nursery. Nursery care is available during worship, Sunday School classes and most church activities. For Kindergarten through 4th grade children, an age-appropriate Children's Church Worship and activities is offered during most Sunday Worship Services.
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!