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Clinton Presbyterian Church
402 North Center Street
Clinton, Illinois 61727

Phone: (217) 935-6178
Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Monday - Friday

Sunday Worship

Sunday School ~ 9:15 AM
 
Worship ~ 10:30 AM
 
Childcare available
 

 

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Directions & Map

Clinton Presbyterian Church
402 N. Center St. Clinton, IL 61727
(217) 935-6178


From Decatur, IL

Take IL Rt. 51 North to Clinton. Turn right at first Clinton exit. Go straight; through 2 stop lights. Immediately after 2nd stop light, turn right onto Washington St. Go 2 blocks and turn left at the stop sign on to Center St. Go 1 block; the church is on the corner of N. Center and E. Johnson Streets. You may park in the Save-A-Lot parking lot.

From Bloomington, IL

Take IL Rt. 51 South to Clinton. Turn left at first Clinton exit (51 Business). Stay straight. You are on Center St. The first stop sign you come to is Woodlawn St. Go straight thru stop sign. Go 5 more blocks (Julia St., Webster St., Clay St., Macon St, E. Johnson) and you will see the church on the left hand side (corner of N. Center and E. Johnson Streets). Turn left on E. Johnson St. and park in the Save-A-Lot parking lot.

From Champaign, IL

I-74 West towards Bloomington. Take IL Rt. 54 exit 159 toward Farmer City. Turn left on to IL Rt. 54 West. Upon entering Clinton, turn right onto Washington St. Go 12 blocks (Dewey St, Harrison St., Emma St, Welch St., Warner St., Alexander St., George St., Elizabeth St., East St., Madison St., Monroe St., Center St.; turn right onto Center St. Go 1 block; the church is on the corner of N. Center and E. Johnson Streets. You may park in the Save-A-Lot parking lot.

From Lincoln, IL

IL Rt. 10 East to Clinton. Go straight at the stop light (intersection of IL Rt. 10 and IL Rt. 51). Stay straight until stop sign. Turn left on to IL Rt. 54 East. Stay straight; turn left at stop light; Grant St. Immediately after 2nd stop light, turn right onto Washington St. Go 2 blocks and turn left at the stop sign on to Center St. Go 1 block; the church is on the corner of N. Center and E. Johnson Streets. You may park in the Save-A-Lot parking lot.

From Springfield, IL

IL Rt. 54 East. Go straight at the stop light (intersection of IL Rt. 54 and IL Rt. 51). Turn left at 2nd stop light on to Grant St. Go straight until the next stop light, immediately after stop light, turn right on to Washington St. Go 2 blocks and turn left at the stop sign on to Center St. Go 1 block; the church is on the corner of N. Center and E. Johnson Streets. You may park in the Save-A-Lot parking lot.

History of the Clinton Presbyterian Church

Although a detailed history of the CPC was published for the 150th Celebration of the church, the following is a brief synopsis.

A Church Begins:

On July 23, 1853 the first thirteen members (eight of them women), under the direction of the Presbytery of Peoria, organized the Clinton Presbyterian Church. In August of that year, the Rev. J.H. Moore, who also served the Randolph Grove Church, began his Clinton duties. For seven years Sunday services were held in the old school, the Court House, and what was then known as Warner and Lintner's Hall on the east side of the public square. Prayer and committee meetings were held in the school, and later in a rear room of the C.H. Moore law office.

 

The First Building:

In 1854, the lots on the northwest corner of North Madison and East Washington streets were purchased (for $250) for a new church building by moneys raised by the church women. The foundation was laid in 1858. That first building was completed and dedicated April 8, 1860 at a cost of $4,500.

 

The Lincoln Visit:

Abraham Lincoln came one evening to a church supper while attending court in Clinton. The stone slab Lincoln stepped on was eventually moved to the second and the current building. Reportedly, Miss Roberts, a teacher, offered to take his stovepipe hat. Mr. Lincoln declined the offer, stating he had some important papers in it.

 

The Second Building:

By 1885, the congregation had outgrown the church and it was decided to erect the second building on the same site. The 450 members began the building project in the spring of 1885. The dedication was held on October 11, 1885. Cost for the project was $15,395.62.

 

The Third & Present Building:

On June 10, 1902, a sever storm struck the city, and the tower of the church was blown down, damaging the rest of the church building. There had been at a time when the building space was becoming severely inadequate. It was decided that a new location would solve many problems. The property at the current location was purchased. The cost for the new building was $41,000.

 

 

More About Our History:

Lincoln Memorial:

On April 17, 1865, Clinton Presbyterian Church held a memorial service for the citizens of Clinton honoring President Lincoln.  One hundred and fifty years later, a cast performed an orginal one act play written by Helen Stites titled Remembering Lincoln.  Looking for more on Lincoln?  Follow this link to the Lincoln Heitage Committee of Clinton webpage with GPS coordianates to help you follow in the footsteps of Lincoln.  

 

1912 Hook & Hastings Pipe Organ:

In 2013, Clinton Presbyterian Church celebrated the 100th Birthday of a magnificent Hook and Hastings pipe organ in our sanctuary with a special worship service lead by principle organist Sharon Baker. 

(Check back soon watch to this beautiful concert and to see a sub-feature called "Behind the Pipes - A Look at the Hook in Hastings Pipe organ" produced by Ben Keller)

 

 

Our Story:

In 2012, tells the story of Clinton Presbyterian using orignal narration wirrten by Bill Kent and archival footage in a video presentation directed and produced by Ben Keller.

 

 

More about the church's history can be gathered by reading "Stone by Stone" the published history of the Clinton Presbyterian Church, written by William Kent. Please contact the church office if you would like to purchase a copy.

Music Ministry

We are blessed with an abundance of musical talent at CPC !!

Chancel Choir -Our Chancel Choir uses a variety of music to enhance God's Word.  Practice is on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30.

Praise Combo - Our praise team shares their gifts for music a couple times of month.

 

Children's Choir-Our little ones do a wonderful job of singing.  Practice times are held during the Sunday School hour as needed. 

For more information contact us by phone (217) 935-6178 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

   

Nursery & Sunday School

Nursery

A nursery is available to children birth through Kindergarten age during our worship service. The nursery is staffed by CPC volunteers beginning at 10:15 a.m.  The children are engaged in active play, reading and games.  If you would like to volunteer to help in the nursery, please contact Jennifer Killion.

Sunday School(September-May)

CPC has a very active Sunday School program beginning with nursery age and extending through high school.  A variety of curriculum is used and rotated throughout the Sunday School year and it is very user friendly and age appropriate.  Our Sunday School hour begins at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 10:15.  September through May

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Presbyterian Women

 

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Elizabeth/Deborah Circle - Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Church.

This group includes a Bible Study and a time for fellowship.  Please contact the church office if you are interested in learning more about this group.  We are currently doing a study called, "Experiencing Peace, With God You Can Live Beyond Fear."

 

The Presbyterian Women are sponsoring a MISSION NIGHT on the FOURTH TUESDAY of each month. In February, we began making nursing covers for the health department to distribute to nursing mothers. We also started cutting out baby gowns and have plans to assemble prayer quilts, knit articles for the homeless and make baby caps. If anyone has any great ideas for a mission project, just let us know. Please try to join us on the fourth Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

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