We are First
Presbyterian church of Ionia

No matter who you are or what your life situation,
You are welcome…Really!!

Welcome

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.

Dear friends, on Tuesday, March 16, Session confirmed its decision to open the church doors for in-person worship, beginning Sunday, March 28 (Palm Sunday) at 10 AM. There will also be an in-person worship service at the church on Thursday, April 1 (Maundy Thursday) at 7 PM. Holy Week, of course, culminates on Easter Sunday, which we will celebrate together at the church on Sunday, April 4, at 10 AM.  

 

The Session recognizes that the coronavirus remains at large. Therefore, the safety protocols introduced late summer when the church resumed in-person worship for a brief time will remain in place. The Session also recognizes 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.  

 

We eagerly look forward to meeting together after a very long year. Let us continue to pray for conditions to improve enough that the coronavirus no longer poses an imminent threat in our community. In the meanwhile, please remain cautious and stay healthy. 

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.  Pastor Chris

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.

Read more about First Presbyterian Church of Ionia here…

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.

Visitors

We want you to feel comfortable. Learn about our accessibility and what to expect.

Worship

All are welcome to participate in our worship and communion services. Learn more about our worship and read sermons here.

Activities

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.

Volunteering

Our members provide service to the community in a variety of ways. How can you get involved?

Small Groups

Presbyterians on the Go, Quilters, prayer shawl groups, book clubs and more meet weekly. Please join us.

Music

Come and enjoy our handbell choir and children’s choir. We welcome new members.

Local Events

We are in the community offering a helping hand, holding group events and holding fundraisers. See where we are today.

1st Presbyterian Church Ionia - 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.

Rev. Dr. Chris Dorn

Meet the Pastor

Following Jesus on the Way

by Christopher Dorn

Through this series of biblical meditations dedicated to Lenten themes, the author’s aim is to help you enter more deeply into the season of Lent.

Following Jesus on the Way - Biblical Meditations on Lenten Themes

Meet the Pastor

Rev. Dr. Chris Dorn

1st Presbyterian Church Ionia - 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.

Following Jesus on the Way

by Christopher Dorn

Through this series of biblical meditations dedicated to Lenten themes, the author’s aim is to help you enter more deeply into the season of Lent.

Following Jesus on the Way - Biblical Meditations on Lenten Themes

Activities

Monthly Calendar

Monthly Calendar

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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Join Us For Our Next Event

Fill a Pew for IM Kids 3rd Meal

When: March 15, 2020 all-day
Where: 1st Presbyterian Church Ionia, 125 E. Main Street, Ionia, MI 48846

Help First Presbyterian Church fill a pew for IM Kids 3rd Meal.  Bring your donation on Sunday March 15th and March 22nd. Items needed:  Jelly, Sandwich

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