Frequently Asked Questions
When are your worship times?
Worship services begin at 10:15AM each Sunday, the first Sunday after Labor Day in September through the first Sunday before Memorial Day in May, and at 9:30AM the Sunday after Memorial Day in May through the Sunday before Labor Day in September. Special services happen throughout the year. Check the current calendar on the Events page for information.
Do you offer Bible Study?
Adult Bile Study takes place Tuesday mornings from 9:30-10:30AM at Pleasant View Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Morrison. All are welcome to join the discussion on any Tuesday. Studies are listed on the Events page. The scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday are discussed. The Presbyterian Mission Agency provides printable lectionary lists.
When are your Free Community Meals (FCMs)?
In general, meals are served once a month on the second Thursday in September through December and the last Thursday of the months of January through August. March through September meals begin at 5PM; October through April meals begin at 4:30PM. Sometimes meal dates will change due to special events or holidays or be cancelled due to adverse weather. Check the schedule here. Free will donations are accepted but not expected for regular FCMs.
What are your office hours?
The church office is open Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30AM-12:00PM. Holiday and other closures will be recorded to the phone answering system: 815-772-3510 and noted on the calendar on the Events page.
What do Presbyterians believe?
Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him. For specific information on Theology see the Presbyterian Mission website.
What do Morrison Presbyterians believe?
Most importantly, we believe in Jesus’ commandment to “love one another” (John 13:34). Love is at the center of our existence and drives us as we seek to meet our neighbor’s needs through our mission and ministries. We are impassioned to build a beloved community within our congregation and to spread God’s love and light throughout the world.
Who is welcome at the church?
We believe that God loves everyone, and that means at the First Presbyterian Church of Morrison, IL, we strive to love everyone. We desire to be an open and affirming, all-inclusive, all-welcoming congregation. We do not discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, color, ethnicity, or anything else that others in our world use to separate one another. We believe that in Christ, all are one. We invite all to come as they are.
What do you offer for children and youth?
In addition to what we provide for our entire church family, we offer Sunday School, in conjunction with the Morrison United Methodist Church, for children from age 3 (toilet trained) through 6th grade. We have had active Jr. High and High School Youth Groups, but in 2019, we switched to a family-focused model in which we have regular family events for all families with children and youth. Check the Events page for the next Family Event.
How does one become a member?
If you have been worshiping with us and engaged in the life of our church and are interested in becoming a member of the church, please contact the pastor. New member classes are typically offered once two or more people are interested in joining the church. Classes provide candidates a chance to learn about the life of our church, our history, what it means to be a Presbyterian and ways to be involved and contribute to our church.
Do you officiate at funerals and weddings?
FPC is available for member and non-member funerals and weddings. Our pastor is also available for non-member funerals at funeral homes. For more information, contact our church office or pastor.
Can I rent rooms in your building?
FPC has several rooms for rent at a reasonable cost, including a licensed kitchen and a dining room. Please contact the church office if you are interested in renting space for a one-time event or for a continuing program. Note: The church campus is a drug and alcohol-free zone.