We are First
Presbyterian church of Ionia
You are welcome…Really!!
What to Expect
We gather for worship on Sundays at 10 AM. The services are usually about an hour long followed by a time of fellowship, which includes coffee and refreshments. We welcome visitors and encourage them to stay and enjoy the coffee hour with us.
We observe the sacrament of Communion on the first Sunday of each calendar month, as well as on other special occasions, throughout the year. The bread and the wine are usually distributed in serving plates, which are passed in the pews.
On Sunday, November 15, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued new restrictions in the ongoing effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer held a press briefing to make the announcement. Currently, the restrictions are in force for three weeks—from Wednesday, November 18 through Tuesday, December 8. Guided by this order, the church’s session made the decision to suspend worship services through December 6, effective November 22.
On Monday, December 7, the Governor announced an extension of this order. The restrictions will now be in force until Sunday, December 20. Under the current circumstances, we do not think it is advisable to resume our public worship schedule until after December 20. Session again meets on Tuesday, December 15, when its members will discuss our worship schedule going forward.
Rest assured we will continue to monitor the conditions closely to see when it is reasonable to resume our public worship schedule. In the meanwhile, video recordings containing the prayers, the lessons, and the sermon for each Sunday will continue to be made available on our Facebook page, as usual. Archived recordings are also available on our website for your review.
The disruptions that the pandemic has caused in our life together have been difficult to bear, to say the least. But let us persevere, bringing to God all our petitions and requests, with thanksgiving. We are confident that there is nothing that can derail his purposes for us and for his church, not even the coronavirus.
All are welcome
First Presbyterian Church is a congregation of ordinary people grateful to God for the extraordinary love he has shown to us in Jesus Christ. We are a friendly and hospitable bunch, so don’t be surprised if one or more of us invites you to stay during the coffee hour after the service!
If you do not have a church home in the Ionia area, we encourage you to visit us and see if you’d like to make our church your own.
Donate during COVID 19
This church relies on donations to provide spiritual care and material support to our members and friends, in addition to people in the wider Ionia community. Now more than ever, please consider giving generously to support our ministry and mission. Thank you for your support.
We want you to feel comfortable. Learn about our accessibility and what to expect.
All are welcome to participate in our worship and communion services. Learn more about our worship and read sermons here.
All are welcome to join our groups and activities. View our calendar and upcoming events.
All are welcome
There is Always Something Going On.
By his Spirit God has formed us into genuine community, where we learn to speak as well as listen, to give as well as receive. By Word and sacrament, the means of grace, God builds up our community and empowers us to be a witness to his kindness and compassion in the world.
Our members provide service to the community in a variety of ways. How can you get involved?
Presbyterians on the Go, Quilters, prayer shawl groups, book clubs and more meet weekly. Please join us.
Come and enjoy our handbell choir and children’s choir. We welcome new members.
We are in the community offering a helping hand, holding group events and holding fundraisers. See where we are today.
Rev. Dr. Chris Dorn
Meet the Pastor
Meet the Pastor
Rev. Dr. Chris Dorn
Born in Albion, Michigan, Pastor Chris holds a B.A. from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, an M.Div. from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, and a Ph.D. from Marquette University in Milwaukee. He has taught at Marquette University and Western Theological Seminary, and served on the Commission on Christian Unity with the Reformed Church in America. Later he was invited to serve at the World Communion of Reformed Churches in Geneva, Switzerland. He now divides his time between Holland, where he serves as chair of Christians Uniting in Song and Prayer, an ecumenical fellowship of Protestants and Catholics that exists to promote Christian unity through public hymn singing and prayer, and Ionia, where he serves as pastor of First Presbyterian Church.
There is always something going on at First Presbyterian Church of Ionia. Click on the date to see more information.
Due to the current social distancing ordinance, all events and activities have been postponed until further notice.
Until we can all gather again, may God keep you safe, healthy and happy.
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