This Week in Our Church:

Tuesday, February 25:
Lunch Bag Program--Fellowship Hall 11am-1pm (enter through Cullerton Ave. doors)
Romans Bible Study--Fellowship Hall 1:30pm (free and open to all)

Wednesday, February 26:
Lunch Bag Program--Fellowship Hall 11am-1pm (enter through Cullerton Ave. doors)
Tours--free tours of the Sanctuary are given 1pm-3pm
Ash Wednesday Service--Sanctuary 7pm (There will be imposition of Ashes & the Lord's Supper will be served. All are welcome)

Thursday, February 27:
Lunch Bag Program--Fellowship Hall 11am-1pm (enter through Cullerton Ave. doors)
Tai Chi--Fellowship Hall 5pm ($10/class and open to the public)

Friday, February 28:
Lunch Bag Program--Fellowship Hall 11am-1pm (enter through Cullerton Ave. doors)
Movie Night--Fellowship Hall 7pm (We will be showing the movie BlackKklansman and serving popcorn. This event is FREE and open to the public)

Saturday, February 29:
Tours--Free tours of the Sanctuary are given 11am-3pm

Sunday, March 1:
Present Word Bible Study--Church Library 9:30am
Worship--Sanctuary 11am (Communion will be served)
Coffee Hour--Fellowship Hall 12:15pm
South Loop Community Table--Fellowship Hall 7:15pm (volunteers to arrive by 7pm)

Upcoming:

Ash Wednesday Service: The season of Lent begins with our Ash Wednesday worship service at 7:00pm. The sermon will be preached by Seminarian Kjirstin Almos. The traditional imposition of ashes will be observed, followed by the serving of the Lord’s Supper. We take on ashes as a sign of our mortality, and as a sign of our desire to say yes to God more completely and fully. All are welcome to this solemn service that marks the traditional beginning of the season of Lent.

Field Museum Tour: The RIM Committee will be offering a free Highlights Tour of the Field Museum by church member Emily Parr, Exhibit Project Manager at Field Museum, on Thursday, February 27th at 2pm. We will meet inside the South Entrance. Please complete the form (https://forms.gle/uaHMNkXarYxqteBy6) as we are only able to accommodate 15 people.

Movie Night: We will be hosting a movie night on Friday, February 28th at 7pm. We will be showing BlackKklansman and it will be FREE and open to all! There will be a short discussion following the movie. All are welcome.

Australian Bushfire Benefit Concert: The Lyric Opera Stage Artists will be presenting a benefit concert for the Australian Bushfire Relief on March 3rd at 6:30pm in the sanctuary of Second Presbyterian. This concert will feature members of the Lyric Opera Chorus, Michael Black (Lyric Opera Chorus Master) and Noah Lindquist (pianist). Donations of any amount at the door or advance donations can be made through fundraise.redcross.org.au. All proceeds will benefit the Australian Red Cross. For more information please contact Howard Tiffen at htiffen@gmail.com.

Winter Clothing Drive: Every winter, we collect new and gently used coats, hats, scarves, gloves and socks (new only) to distribute to the many neighbors we have coming through our doors on a daily basis. You may drop off clothing Tuesday-Friday 9:30am-1pm at the church or you may donate them at Kroll's South Loop and get 20% off your meal. If you are in need of winter clothing, you may pick up any item free of charge Tuesday-Friday 11am-1pm during the Lunch Bag Program.

South Loop Memory Cafe: The second Thursday of each month provides an opportunity for those living with Alzheimer's/Dementia to gather together with their caregivers/loved ones to be in fellowship together. The South Loop Memory Cafe meets from 2:30pm-4pm monthly. To register, please email southloopvillage@gmail.com

Worship

When you worship with us at Second Presbyterian Church, you will immediately be drawn by the outstanding architecture and artistry of this City, State, and National Historic Landmark location. Our sanctuary features nine Tiffany Stained Glass Windows and 175 angels depicted in statues, carvings, glass, and murals. We are a PC(USA) church rooted in the Presbyterian tradition, however our congregation is anything but traditional. We are proud to be a beautiful representation of God's Kingdom in the make-up of our congregants every Sunday. We have folks from every corner of the earth worshiping together each Sunday morning and we have formed a community of support, love, and care for anyone who walks in our doors. Whether you are new to Christianity or have been a life-long Christian, all are welcome and will feel comfortable worshiping with us. We look forward to meeting you and sharing in God's glory with you!

Serve

We have multiple volunteer opportunities weekly at Second Presbyterian Church.

Lunch Bag Program: We are always looking for volunteers Tuesday-Friday from 10am-1:15pm to help serve our neighbors that are either homeless or living with food insecurity. We serve a free lunch bag to anyone in need. This volunteer opportunity is a great way to serve those in need and connect with others living in the South Loop Community. For more information, please contact Vicki Reynolds at vickireynolds24@gmail.com

Tutoring: At Second Presbyterian Church, we tutor around 35 children and youth (2nd grade-8th grade) on Wednesday evenings (6pm-7:30pm) from September 18-mid June. If you are interested in helping with our tutoring program, please contact Pastor Neff at pastor.secondchurch1936@comcast.net

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Teach: Our Christian Education Hour is one of our most amazing programs and we are always seeking adults who have a passion for Christ and a passion for teaching to engage our children and youth. If you are interested in helping serve as a teacher, a substitute, or an aide, please contact Pastor Neff at pastor.secondchurch1936@comcast.net

Weddings: Second Presbyterian Church offers beautiful weddings in our National, State, and City Historic Landmark location. For any wedding to be successful, we need individuals who have a passion for making this day memorable and joyful for the wedding party. If you would like more information, please contact our Wedding Coordinator Barbara Crawford at spcweddingschicago@gmail.com

South Loop Community Table: The South Loop Community Table, brought to you by South Loop Campus Ministries and The Inclusive Collective, will resume on Sunday, September 8th at 7pm. Please enter through the parking lot doors. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Pastoral Assistant Leslie Deslauriers at pastoralassistant.2ndpreschgo@gmail.com

South Loop Memory Cafe: The South Loop Memory Cafe is a monthly gathering for those living with Alzheimer's/Dementia and their caregivers to gather together for food, singing, and activities. We are always looking for volunteers to help with the monthly activities. South Loop Memory Cafe meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from 2:30pm-4pm. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact South Loop Memory Cafe at southloopvillage@gmail.com

Study

Second Presbyterian Church is committed to making disciples of all ages. We offer multiple Christian Education classes weekly for all age groups.

Present Word: This adult Christian Education class meets weekly on Sunday mornings at 9:30am in the Church Library. Study materials are provided each quarter and all are welcome.

Book of Romans: Join Rev. Tolliver for an in-depth study on the Book of Romans each Tuesday afternoon at 1:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. Only your Bible is needed!

Alpha to Omega Bible Discussion Group: This group is committed to going through the Bible, one book at a time and discussing key themes. They meet twice/month on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 6pm in the 2nd Floor office. All are welcome to participate. For more information, please contact Flea Parker at flea@golden2.net

Second Book Group: The Second Book Group meets monthly on the 3rd Sunday at 9:30am in the 2nd floor office. The March 15th book will be Talking with Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. The April 19th book will be My Antonia by Willa Cather. All are welcome to participate in the discussion and recommend future books.

Second Movie Group: Second Presbyterian Church is excited to begin a Movie Group. Our February movie will be BlackKklansman and we will discuss the movie after viewing in the Fellowship Hall. Free popcorn will be available as well as beer for purchase as a donation. We will gather on Friday, February 28th at 7pm. All are welcome to join in our discussion but please note that this movie has !! Fan R rating so it may not be appropriate for all ages. For more information, please contact Pastoral Assistant Leslie Deslauriers at pastoralassistant.2ndpreschgo@gmail.com

Biblical Foundations: This class is meant for children kindergarten-5th grade and meets every Sunday morning (September-June) in the middle classroom (behind the kitchen) at 9:45am. The lessons are meant to build a Biblical foundation for children and youth beginning at an early age.

Confirmation Class: A new confirmation class for grades 6 and above will meet the on the first and third Sunday of each month at 12:15 p.m. Join us on this journey to discover, nurture and develop your faith. For more information and a registration form, please contact Eugene Leonard or call the church office.

Post-Confirmation Class: This class meets Sunday mornings also in the North Parlor (September-June) at 10am and is designed to continue laying the Spiritual foundation for our youth once they have joined the church.

Other: Periodically we study series that meet during the week or even on Sunday afternoons. As these series are planned, they will be added to this section. Past studies include: Women of the Bible, The Book of Confessions Study, Loving Ourselves and Loving Our Neighbors: A Lenten Journey, Christianity and Poverty, and Christianity and Healthcare.

Who is Second Presbyterian Church?

We are diverse, inclusive, community, engaging, passionate. 

Mission Statement
We are a diverse and inclusive community bringing people to Christ through the power of service, education, hospitality, and compassion.

Vision Statement
Second Presbyterian Church seeks to be a diverse, vibrant and passionate Christ-centered community of hospitality and outreach actively serving the South Loop, the city of Chicago, and the world. We accomplish this through inspirational worship in our historic Sanctuary, educational ministry to all ages, and the power of compassionate service to our neighbors.

Sunday Parking

The parking lot adjacent to the north side of the church is available for parking for Sunday worship. We encourage those whose mobility permits to park on the city streets so as to leave parking lot space for those with more limited mobility. Street parking is FREE every Sunday. Please contact Office Administrator, Ashley McLean, for more information.

Statement on Same Sex Marriage

For many years, Second Presbyterian Church has offered same-sex marriage as part of our ministry to the church and the greater Chicagoland community. You and your partner will find an inclusive, warm fellowship of diverse spiritual people at Second Presbyterian Church. If you are looking for a place to be married, or a people who believe in the full dignity, beauty and equality of all God’s children, welcome home.