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First Presbyterian Church of Kankakee

We are located just south of Chicago (less than an hour), and just over an hour north of Champaign and the University of Illinois.  We are in downtown Kankakee, but our members are also from Bradley, Bourbonnais, Manteno, and even south Chicago.

If you have further questions about First Presbyterian Church of Kankakee, IL , feel free to call the church office at 815-939-3546!

In person worship temporarily suspended due to Covid-19 state guidelines effective November 11, 2020

November 11, 2020

Dear Congregation,

            Due to the uprise of the Covid-19 cases in Kankakee and Will Counties, the state has mandated that gatherings should be 10 persons or less.

            Our Session has voted to follow state guidelines and are suspending in person worship. We feel that this is the best solution to keep us all healthy and safe. This could be for only a few weeks, but we have to just wait and see what happens in the future.

            In the meantime, I will be posting on our website, with Paul’s help, short worship service. I hope that this will help to ease your heart, body, and soul of the difficult times we are going through.

            Please stay safe and healthy until we can meet again.

In Christ’s Name,

Pastor Karen

I hope this song minister to your heart and soul.  Paul 

Mission Statement: Steeped in history and tradition, First Presbyterian Church of Kankakee is dedicated to presenting Biblical principles through creative means that connect to your world. Our strategy is “Building Family.” We are a group of people who love and care for one another, experiencing true Biblical community. 

Overview: First Presbyterian is a church steeped in history and tradition.  High ceilings, a nave design, and a gently sloping floor make virtually every seat a good one.  Surrounded by beautiful stained glass windows, hearing the magnificent 34-rank 3 manual Keates pipe organ or our beautiful grand piano is truly a moving experience in this beautiful space.

A Prayer from our Pastor, Karen Williams:

Heavenly Father, during this time of uncertainty, not knowing what is to come next, help us Lord to open our eyes wide and see what a wonderful life you have given us.  Lord, we are so grateful for the things you give us, for the love you show us. Help us show that love now to others that are feeling anxious, depressed or otherwise unsure of themselves.  Lord we pray for our leaders and the leaders of all the countries that they will do what is best for your people. That they will be able to learn more about this virus, test those affected, and find a treatment to stop the spread its' spread.  Lord, help us all to understand that we need to have patience and trust those who are working so hard to help finding answers.  We pray all this in your son, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

A prayer from on our members, David Ferguson:

Father, God of all wisdom and power, help Your children Your Church, to see this virus, as You see it.  It had not only plagued the far corners of the world, but it is now in our own front yard, our own house, America. 

Lord, our government/the CDC is advising us how to proceed physically, but our request is that You would teach us how to pray, and for what to pray, as we follow their counsel.

This we pray in the Name of the Healer of all diseases, viruses, sicknesses, etc. etc. Jesus Christ. Amen

  • Thought-provoking sermons by Pastor Karen Williams
  • Soul-stirring music by Paul Johnson
  • All of this is in a beautiful "sacred" space

We hope you can join us for worship!

Each Sunday at 11:00 AM we gather for worship in our sanctuary. Following worship we fellowship and enjoy the diversity of our congregation. We miss you when you're not with us, we encourage you when you are.  Come for a visit, stay as a freind.

First Presbyterian Church:
371 E. Court Street
Kankakee, IL  60901
PH: 815.939.3546


Adult Bible Study - 9:45 am.
Worship Service - 11am.

    371 East Court Street, Kankakee Illinois 609021 (815) 939.3546
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