Faith Presbyterian Church


Faith Questions & Answers
What denomination are you a part of?
We are part of the largest Presbyterian denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), with approximately 3 million members and 11,000 churches throughout the country. (For more information, see www.pcusa.org.) We believe that God has been revealed to us through the Bible as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are part of the Reformed tradition that affirms that we are saved by God’s grace through our faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus’ ministry of preaching, teaching, healing, hospitality, and prayer sets the pattern for the church’s work and ministry in the world. Our beliefs are contained in what is called The Book of Confessions, which contains a number of historic confessions of faith, including the Apostles’ Creed, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Westminster Confession of Faith. Our church is governed by elders elected from among the people and we affirm that both women and men are called to church leadership.


How long has Faith Presbyterian Church (FPC) served the community?
FPC celebrated its 50th anniversary in July of 2009.


Where are you located?
Faith Presbyterian Church is located at 2107 West Lincoln Rd. in McHenry, Illinois. It is on the corner of Lincoln and Chapel Hill roads. The most visible landmark is the Drive-in theatre which is across the street to the east of the church.


Is the church handicap accessible?
Yes. We have designated parking spaces in front of the church and the entire church is on one level (no steps). Large print hymnals and hearing amplification devices are also available.


What are your worship services like?
We follow a traditional Presbyterian order of worship with hymns, prayers, scripture, and a sermon. Our service (9:30) includes a Children’s Sermon, after which children up through 4th grade depart for either Sunday Celebration or Little Learners. Our Adult Choir also sings regularly at services between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Congregational singing includes traditional style hymns and some contemporary music. We celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month.


I’m not Presbyterian. Can I receive communion if I worship with you?
We practice what is called “open communion”, that is, all those who believe in Jesus Christ are welcome to the Lord’s Table, regardless of denominational background.


What if I’ve never been to church before?
That's no problem! We provide a bulletin each Sunday that contains the order of worship which helps you follow the service. Hymnals and Bibles can be found in storage shelves under the pew in front of your own. Congregation members are very willing to help you locate and find hymns in the hymnal or otherwise help you feel at home!


How should I dress?
There is no “dress code” for FPC. You will find folks wearing anything from what might be called “traditional church clothes” to business casual or even casual clothes.


Will I be asked for money?
We do receive an offering during our worship services. This supports the program life of the church, which includes building maintenance, mission in the community and world, and staff salaries. Everyone is invited to contribute as a sign of thanksgiving to God, but no one is required to do so.


Is there a Sunday School?
We have Sunday School for all ages at 11:00 each Sunday. There is no Sunday School on the weekends of Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day.


Do you have mission and outreach programs?
We support several international mission workers as well as many local missions that focus on hunger, housing, and other critical issues. We are committed to our community and reach out in a variety of ways. We provide both financial support for mission causes and hands-on opportunities for Mission.


I love to sing. Do you have to audition for the church choir?
No. The Adult Choir welcomes all those who feel they have musical gifts to share, and you don’t necessarily have to be able to read music. The Choir is an important part of our worship experience, helping to lead our hymn singing and offering inspiring anthems. We also have a Handbell Choir that welcomes adults and youth. In addition, solos, duets, and instrumental music are welcome additions to worship services.