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.
After a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have resumed our service schedule at the church with in-person worship at 10:00 AM. However, we are at this time observing certain restrictions.
These include refraining from personal contact (hugs and handshakes), maintaining social distancing (keeping six feet apart from all but immediate family members), wearing face masks, and refraining from singing. Masks and hand sanitizer will be made available at the North entrance and in the sanctuary.
Additionally, bibles and hymnbooks have been removed from the pews. An offering receptacle has been placed at the rear of the sanctuary. Seats in the pews will be designated. Some rows of pews will be closed to ensure proper social distancing. The worship service itself will be shortened. No nursery will be provided. Fellowship time following the service will be held on the church lawn.
Most importantly, we are asking any who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms to please stay home. We also recognize that not everyone will be ready to return to public worship. No one should feel under any obligation to come to church at this time. We will continue to provide “virtual” worship services to minister to and support our members and friends who choose not to come.
Things are not as we wish them to be. We are eager to re-launch more of our activities once the threat of the virus is contained. In the meanwhile, if you have a need we can meet, please do not hesitate to contact us. May God bless you.
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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