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Hillsboro, Illinois


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  • SOMALIA: Pray for the families of Somali believers who have been killed for their faith.
    September 17, 2021, 8:10 AM
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You can find a live stream of our Sunday morning worship service on the church's Facebook page:

If the link doesn't work for you, you can find it by doing an internet search for "Hillsboro Illinois Presbyterian Church Facebook".  Be sure to use "Illinois" and we should be the top result.

We live stream the service at 9am on Sunday mornings.  A video of the service remains on the church's Facebook page after the service is over, so you can watch it later.  

An audio of the sermon only is put  up under the "Sermons" tab on this website.  


Welcome to our website.  Here you will find information about our church family and the ministries where God has led us to be involved.  As a church family we strive to live out our mission statement: "Love God / Follow Jesus / Do Our Part".

Our building is located at 506 S. Main Street.  You will find the parking lot is behind the building and there is an elevator on the north side of the back entrance.  (The back entrance is where the vast majority of people enter our building.) 

We hope you browse through this website and learn about our fellowship.  Do not hesistate to contact us if you have any questions.  If you are looking for a church home, we would love to have you be our guest.     

                                    God's blessings to you,
                                     Matt Ferguson, pastor




Wondering if you would "fit" at church?  Here is a good video that explains the open welcome you would receive here.   

Come dressed for the day, not just the morning.  


Worship Schedule  

Due to the pandemic, we encourage people who are at high risk to watch our livestream on the church's Facebook page at 9am on Sunday morning.  Because worship is essential for one's spiritual well-being, as well as physical well-being, no one will be turned away from gathering for worship.  (See the top of this page for how to find our Facebook page.) 

We have two in-person worship services.  

On Saturday, at 5pm, our worship service follows a traditional format (with hymns).  Masks are required for this service.  Doors to use for entering the church or entering the sanctuary are propped open.  We ask people to sit where there are bulletins placed in pews in order for us to have recommended distancing. 


On Sunday, at 9am, our worship service follows a more basic format and we have a worship team leading us in song.  Masks are encouraged but not required and most do not wear them.  For those who wish to sit around others wearing masks, you may sit in the north section of the sanctuary (nearest the Good Shepherd window). Doors to use are propped open and bulletins are placed in pews where we encourage you to sit.  


Jr. High youth fellowship meets at 5:45pm and Sr. High youth fellowship meets at 7:30pm on Wednesday.  For more information you may contact Rem Dyas, youth pastor, at or 620-214-2491, or visit our youth's facebook page at Hillsboro Cornerstone (Sr. High) and Hillsboro Lighthouse (Jr. High).



Sunday Morning Bible Classes are for all ages, including adults.  We have 3 Adult Groups meeting on Sunday morning at 10:15am  

Each group would welcome others seeking fellowship with others as you learn more about God's truth and how to live it out more fully.  The Groups are:

The Men's Group, on the main floor, east end room.  Brian Patton leads this group.

Purpose Seekers, on the lower level, east end room.  Joy Criner leads this group.

Faithful Followers, main floor in the library. Becky Wedekind leads this group.





Men's Wednesday Night Study Group

A group of men meet at the church on  Wednesday nights at 6:oo PM

 All men are invited and are encouraged to bring a friend.


Women's Wednesday Night Study Group (currently not meeting)

A group of women meet on Wednesday nights at 6:00 PM in the church library room (this group is on break until the Fall)

     All women are invited and are
encouraged to bring a friend.


Thursday Night Men's Study Group - Jessie's Posse

A group of men meet each Thursday at 6:30 PM. They meet in different homes.  For information on where they are meeting on a particular week, contact the church (532-2171 or 

 All men are invited and encouraged to bring a friend.




 New Birth


"You must be born again." Jesus said those words in John 3:7 but what does it mean to be "born again"?  Below is a a link to a webpage "New Birth" from Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.  On that webpage you can choose from 1 of 10 short videos and hear how being "born again" came about in a variety of lives in a variety of ways.






If you have a prayer request, you may email Pastor Matt at to start our prayer chain.  


Contact Us  
First Presbyterian Church
506 South Main
P. O. Box 306
Hillsboro, Illinois 62049
Map  •   Directions
Phone (217)532-2171
Regular Schedule  

Office Hours

  • Office Manager's hours are 8am to Noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. There is often someone in the building throughout the day, Monday - Friday.


  • Coffee and Donut Fellowship Time starts by 8:30 a.m. CURRENTLY NOT HOLDING DUE TO PANDEMIC
  • Early Worship Service with contemporary music at 9am
    – 9:00 AM to 10:10 AM
  • Bible Classes for all ages (adults, youth, and children) at 10:15 a.m.
    – 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Kids Alive at 10:10am
    – 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM


  • Jr. High Youth Fellowship at 5:45 p.m. in our church building (held jointly with the Free Methodist Church)
    – 5:45 PM to 7:15 PM
  • Sr. High Youth Fellowship at 7:30 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church (held jointly with the Free Methodist Church)
    – 7:30 PM to 8:45 PM


  • Worship Service with traditional music and format at 5pm
    – 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Unreached People Group of the Day



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KIDS ALIVE meets every Sunday at 10:15 am on the top floor.  We start in the main room on the east end.  Typically, we are finished shortly after 11am.  If you have any questions or need more information, contact Priscilla Mathews 



If you have not gotten an email from the church lately, we don't have your email address.  Please email it to the church office at: and we will send you an email for upcoming events.



Nursery Care is provided for children 5 years of age and younger on the lower level of the church for the Sunday Services.  CURRENTLY WE ARE NOT OFFERING NURSERY CARE DUE TO THE PANDEMIC

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We have continuous collections for 

St. John's Breadline:  We collect plastic containers with lids which are used to send home meals for those who are served through St. John's Breadline, a ministry to feed the hungry in Springfield, IL.  There is a collection barrel located on the main floor hallway.  

Shoeman Ministry:  We collect good used shoes to donate to the Shoeman Ministry, who use these shoes to provide for needs in both the United States and various countries in Africa.  For more information on the Shoeman Ministry please go to their website.  There is a collection barrel on the main floor hallway.  We ask that all pair of shoes either have their laces tied together or have a rubber band holding them together.  

Penny Jar / Angel Tree:  We collect loose change in an empty 5 gallon water bottle located on a table in the main hallway. The money collected is used to purchase items for the local Angel Tree ministry which provides Christmas gifts for children in need.  

Food Bank:  We have a grocery shopping cart located in the main hallway where you may drop off food items for the community food bank. The community food bank is located in the Salvation Army Store.  There is a list of the items most needed in the shopping cart, but all food is accepted.  


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