Thanks so much for checking out First Pres! To get to know us better, here's an introduction to the life of our church. We hope you'll consider joining us on Sunday morning for worship at 8:00 or 10:30 AM. We look forward to meeting you!
What to Expect - FAQs
Where do I go?
First Presbyterian Church is located at 325 Downer Ct., Aurora, IL, on the corner of 4th and Downer. Check out the map below for more detailed directions.
What Are Sunday mornings like?
Dress and Worship Style?
First Pres is a diverse community of families and individuals, which means we have people of all ages and backgrounds! Feel free to dress as you wish—we will have people in their “Sunday best,” and others in tee shirts and jeans. Expect a friendly welcome. We worship through a variety of musical styles, so look forward to a pipe organ and guitars, classic hymns and contemporary worship.
Our pastors aim to preach the Bible faithfully and relevantly, focusing on Jesus and what he’s done for us. We like to dig deep into a particular Bible passage—what is known as expository preaching. Be prepared to be both encouraged and challenged!
How long are the services?
Services last about an hour and fifteen minutes. Both services are similar, but usually the 8:00 service is a little bit shorter.
Where do my kids go...
During Worship (8:00 AM, 10:30 AM)?
We believe that children are a vital part of our community, so we invite children of all ages to join us during the worship service. We love children and all that comes with them; so don't worry if your kid is noisy during the service. We're used to it! Nursery is available for kids under the age of 4.
During Sunday School (9:15 AM)?
We have Children's and Youth Sunday School for all ages during the 9:15-10:15 Sunday School hour. We provide safe, fun environments for kids to learn about Jesus Christ and his love for them. Children meet on the 2nd floor of the main building. Jr High (6th - 8th grade) meets at the PTL House across the street and High School (9th-12th grade) meets at the Harkness Center across the street. Drop your kids off and then head to an Adult Sunday School class.
What denomination is First Pres affiliated with?
First Presbyterian Church is an Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). The EPC motto is "in essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, and in all things charity," and we seek to live those values out at First Pres. As the EPC website states, "the EPC is both evangelical and Presbyterian. We are evangelical in our zeal for the gospel, as well as evangelism, missions, and living obediently as followers of Jesus. At the same time, we are rooted deeply in the Protestant Reformation and especially the theological and pastoral work of John Calvin. We embrace the Westminster Confession of Faith as our doctrinal standard, and the rule of spiritually mature elders linked together regionally as the best way to guide local congregations."
We are committed to the authority and infallibility of the Bible as the Word of God and to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the only way to salvation. For more details, see our What we Believe page, and the EPC website: www.epc.org.
Any other Questions?
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