In the 1980′s, it became clear that the needs of the church and the needs of the community are inseparable. A new vision began to emerge, calling for a combination of meaningful worship and purposeful social outreach. The dream of Hope was to become a church which utilized expertise of social service agencies' to enhance the church's emphasis on providing sanctuary, peace and God's unconditional love.
Thanks to more than 3,500 hours of volunteer help, in 1990, this new vision took physical form when the new Community Ministry Center and sanctuary were dedicated. The Community Ministry Center has provided a home for not-for-profit social agencies at "less-than-market" rates and through the work of these agencies, many lives have been touched.
Hope Presbyterian Church
2211 Wabash Ave Springfield, IL 62704
Tel: (217) 546-6951 | Fax: (217) 546-9095
Worship 9:30 am
Coffee Fellowship after Worship
Christian Learning 11:15 am-12 noon
One thing is certain. God is at work among us as we strive to follow Christ.
For our congregation, these things are essential:
hope-filled worship that gives us courage to persevere in hard times.
being in community with one another, treating everyone with dignity and respect.
sharing what we have and caring for others... commitment to Christ's call to action.
stepping out in faith to demonstrate our passion for sharing God's love.
Virginia Hosking, Music Director
Tom Heintzelman, Choir Director
Dave Ross, Band Leader
Pam Gibbons, Administrative Assistant
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Here at Hope, we believe in Missions...right here in our community. Our Spiritual Growth Team, Elders, Deacons, Fellowship Team, Music Team, Building and Grounds Team, Mission Team and all of our outreach groups support many groups and organizations within Springfield and the surrounding area. Here are some examples:
Kumler Ministries - Our Gardners grow and harvest fresh vegetables and deliver to the pantry and soup kitchen, coin collection each week goes to the ministry, hygiene and paper goods are collected each month for their homeless ministry and collecting cans of chili each month for their food pantry.
Get Well Bears - given to various church members as part of the new "Bear Paws" program that seeks to spread a bit of good cheer.
Caregivers - we provide volunteer drivers to transport care receivers within the community to doctor appointments
Habitat for Humanity - this year we participated with eleven other Presbyterian churches in two builds as well as serving two meals to the work crews.
Jane Addams School - this partnership allows us to support the students with basic necessities (hygiene products, food, school supplies and clothing as well as serve an Appreciation Lunch for the teachers and staff.
Life Time Pregnancy Center - bottle drive
Mom and Me Camp - summer camp for incarcerated women and their children at the Lincoln and Decatur Correctional Centers.
Sojourn Shelter - once a month we serve the women and children a warm meal and lots of love plus we adopt a family at Christmas and provide for them a Christmas that otherwise would not happen.
Springfield Overflow Shelter - prepare several meals during the winter months
St. Johns Breadline - we collect plastic soup containers every month to donate to the breadline for take out meals
The James Project - we prepared two meals for two of the foster care families and also do a diaper drive each year.
Building use - we host several chapters of Gamblers Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Alzheimer support groups, Art therapy groups, student music groups, daycare support groups, and music and film organizations. Hope is a busy place!
Reading is Fundamental - we are a receiving and distribution center during the regular school year for local schools and groups
Free Library - we have three locations for members and the community to utilize free reading material
Fashion Forward - a fun and free clothing 'store' for our youth who want to update their wardrobe or simply need clothing. They can bring their friends, there is a fitting room and lots to chose from.
Missions - Our Youth and supporting Adults are traveling to Tennessee this summer for a work project
Events to help fund our Mission work: Men's Pancake Supper, Hope for the Holidays Fine Arts Fair, Garage Sales, Open Mic Night, and many more than we can list.
We believe in each other, the power of prayer and the value of a seed sown. We believe in walking the walk and talking the talk like Christ did in his early ministry.