This Week in Our Church

Thursday, July 11:
South Loop Farmers Market--Parking Lot 4pm-8pm
Tai Chi--Fellowship Hall 6pm $10/person (click link for more information www.herbsmed.org)

Saturday, July 13:
Barbara's Basement--Downstairs 10am-1pm
Docent Symposium--Fellowship Hall 9am-1pm (for all certified docents)
Tours--Free tours of the Sanctuary are given from 11am-3pm

Sunday, July 14:
Present Word Bible Study--Church Library 9:30am
Alpha to Omega Bible Discussion Group--Fellowship Hall 9:30am
Worship--Sanctuary 11am
Coffee Hour--Fellowship Hall 12:15pm

Tuesday, July 16:
Barbara's Basement--Downstairs 10am-1pm
South Loop Young Adventurers Club--Fellowship Hall 2:30pm-4:30pm (this is open to all rising 3rd-8th graders)

Wednesday, July 17:
Tours--Free tours of the Sanctuary are given 1pm-3pm

Upcoming

Tour the Defender Building: The Chicago Defender newspaper was an important publication for the city of Chicago. On Thursday, August 15th, we will gather at the South Loop Farmer's Market at 5:30pm and walk over to the Defender building for a FREE tour. If you are interested, please complete the form by going to this link https://forms.gle/sBuqF3CTvuVimC496  If you have questions, please contact Ann Belletire (annabelle620e@aol.com) or Pastoral Assistant Leslie Deslauriers (studentpastorleslie@gmail.com). This is free and open to the public!

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 (3rd grade-8th grade) on Wednesday evenings (6pm-7:30pm) from September-mid June. If you are interested in helping with our tutoring program, please contact Pastor Neff at pastor.secondchurch1936@comcast.net

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 Farmers Market: We are looking for individuals to help with set-up, tear-down, and to meet and greet at our Second Presbyterian Church table. The Farmers Market runs every Thursday June 6-September 26 from 4pm-8pm. If you are interested in helping once or long-term, please contact Vicki Reynolds at vickireynolds24@gmail.com

Chicago Food Depository Walk: Second Presbyterian Church gets a majority of its food for our Lunch Bag Program from the Chicago Food Depository. One of the ways that we can off-set this cost is to participate in their annual Hunger Walk. If you are interested in joining our team to help us better be able to help those that are homeless or living with food insecurity on Saturday, September 7th, please let us know by contacting Vicki Reynolds at vickireynolds24@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 Acts: Join Rev. Tolliver for an in-depth study on the Book of Acts each Tuesday afternoon (September-early June) 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 Sundays at 9:3am in the Fellowship Hall and the second and fourth Wednesdays at 6pm in the 2nd Floor office. The same discussion happens on the 2nd Sunday & Wednesday and again on the 4th Sunday and Wednesday so you can go to either gathering those weeks.

Second Book Group: The July 21 book will be Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. The August 18 book will be Why Religion? A Personal Story by Elaine Pagels. Book Group discussions are at 9:30am in the 2nd Floor Office and are open to all!

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: This class meets Sunday mornings in the North Parlor (September-June) at 10am and is for youth 6th grade-8th grade who wish to join the church.

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.