In-Person Worship:

We will open the church on Sunday, September 6th and renew in-person worship. The sanctuary will open at 10:30 a.m. Everyone in attendance must wear a mask, receive a temperature check, answer a few posted health questions and sign a contact tracing form. A pre-packaged communion wafer and cup of juice will be available for pick-up with a bulletin. Worshipers are invited to bring their cellphones and download the bulletin as well. Ushers will direct you to your pew, honoring strict social distancing. Other changes in worship include no singing, no passing of the peace and omission of responsive readings. Because we need to keep our sacred space safe, there will be no mingling before or after the service. With these guidelines, we invite you to join us for worship! Fully honoring these restrictions, we commit ourselves to God and commit ourselves to care for each other.

Statement on Racism:

RACISM IS NOT WELCOMED HERE

Second Presbyterian Church is a diverse, multicultural congregation.  We believe that attitudes and actions of prejudice and discrimination are sinful.  We believe that racism and injustice and “the violence of poverty” are social sins that grieve the heart of God and continue to harm our sisters and brothers.

The sins which began on America’s shores in 1619 continue to destroy our communities today.  Now is the time to stop racism!

We as a congregation are committed to protesting injustice and working for systematic change toward racial equality in every area of our society.  As our Lord Jesus Christ advocated for the poor and outcast, we have always been committed to the racial and social equity that the Black Lives Matter movement stands for.   We invite you to join us for worship and service, education and study, action, and advocacy.

The Session of Second Presbyterian Church

This Week in Our Church:

For all Zoom links and phone conference info, please either call the church office (312)225-4951 or email our Office Administrator secondchurch1936@comcast.net

Present Word Bible Study: Sunday mornings at 9:30am (conference call)

Worship: Sunday mornings at 10:55am (link on website)

Coffee Hour: 1st Sundays 1:30pm (Zoom meeting)

Lunch Bag Program: Tuesday-Friday 11am-1pm. Enter through South doors facing Cullerton Ave.

Corinthians Bible Study: Tuesday afternoons at 1:30pm (conference call)

Prayers

During this time of pandemic and social distancing, members and friends of the church are asked to compose prayers for the people of God.  Please send your prayer compositions. We will publish them as they become available. You may also submit your prayer requests by completing this form https://forms.gle/dr1PYQk8fDZnjY8Y6

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 13th 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. Study materials are provided each quarter and all are welcome.

Corinthians Bible Study: Join Rev. Tolliver for an in-depth study on Paul's letters to the Corinthians each Tuesday afternoon at 1:30pm. 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 Thursdays at 7pm. 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 via Zoom. Second Book Group will be meeting on September 20th at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. The book will be The Night Watchman

Upcoming books are:
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich September 20th
King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild October 18th

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.

South Loop Farmers' Market

The South Loop Farmers’ Market is now available to order online for pickup!  Each week you can access fresh seasonal produce, meats, eggs, bread, baked goods, specialty foods, plants, craft beers and unique artisan products from 20 plus local, sustainable vendors from Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.
The online marketplace can be found at sourcewhatsgood.com  The online market will open for new orders every Friday at 9am and remain open until we reach capacity.  Your order will be packed and ready for pickup on the following Thursday between 2-6pm in the north parking lot of Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue. The pickup fee is $10. Customers must wear a mask and follow all social distancing and safety precautions.
Thank you for supporting our local farmers and vendors!