Frequently Asked Questions

 

HOW DO I GET HERE?

First Presbyterian Church is located on the corner of 6th and Lincoln in Bloomington, Indiana. 


Public Transportation:

The church is located directly on the #6 bus route. See Bloomington Transit for more information.

Walking/ Biking:

From campus: walk on Kirkwood until you reach Lincoln Street (just past the library), turn right and walk one block.  The church is located on the north west corner of the intersection.

From the City Square: Go to the north-east corner of the square-- where 6th street and Walnut  St. intersect. Continue on 6th Street for a block and a half.  We are on the north side of 6th street, across from the city parking lot.

* Bike racks are available around the church property for your use.

Driving

Our church's parking lot is located off of 7th street.  A city parking lot is also available on 6th street (across from the church). Street parking is available around the church. 

 

HOW DO I GET INTO THE BUILDING?

Our building has been around since 1900. With an addition here, and addition there, it can be tricky finding your way! There are three easy entrances: the 7th Street entrance (under the awning, off the parking lot) is handicap-accessible and will take you to the sanctuary. There are also entrances from Lincoln Street (go up the stairs) and off of 6th Street (again, walk up the stairs) that will take you directly to the sanctuary. If you would like to stop by the church offices, the best entrance is off of Lincoln street (go down the stairs). Here's a map! It can be quite helpful! Check out our facilities page to learn more about finding things inside the building.

 


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PARKING?

We love being a downtown church… except when it comes to parking! We have a parking lot off of 7th street, between Lincoln and Washington. Many people also park in the lot next to the History Center on 6th Street. For the environmentally minded among us, there are bike racks on Lincoln Street and space to lock your bike off of the parking lot as well. Metered parking is available along 6th, Lincoln, and 7th Streets; meters are turned off on Sundays, so parking is free for services!

IT'S SNOWING! ARE YOU OPEN?

Find out more about our Severe Weather Closing Policy.

WHICH SERVICE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Our 9:00 service is more informal and draws from a variety of musical styles. Services at 11:00 are more traditional—expect some liturgy and hymns! The scripture and message stay the same at both services. We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of the month and would love to have you join us in that feast! Find out more about services here.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Honestly, we’re much more excited about your coming than we are concerned about what you might be wearing.  Some of us “dress up” and some of us don’t; but  most of us are somewhere in-between. Wear whatever you feel comfortable coming to church in. 

WHERE ARE KIDS IN ALL OF THIS?

Kids are at the heart of our calling and our ministry here at First Presbyterian. Children are always invited in worship—wiggles, squirms and all. Click here to find out more about resources for children in worship. There are also special programs for children on Sunday morning and throughout the week. Sunday School meets at 10:00am in Walker Hall, our education wing. At every service, we invite children to participate in a special message designed for them. Many children remain in worship following the children’s message, but children Kindergarten and younger will sometimes go to the nursery or to worship time. For younger children, our nursery provides a safe space as they begin their life of faith. For our youth, there are monthly meetings, annual mission trips, and more. Together, we explore our faith giving space for questions and grace.

DO I HAVE A PLACE AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN?

You bet you do!  We are a community made of people from all kinds of backgrounds, different schools of theology, and different levels of educations. We are single, married, divorced and widowed. We grew up in Bloomington and we are still trying to figure out what “Hoosier” means. We have advanced degrees in Hebrew and we are trying to find Genesis in the Bible. We are a diverse group of people, but we gather to glorify God, celebrate the work of Christ in our lives and work together in service of our community. If that sounds like you, we can’t wait to see you next Sunday!

WILL I BE ABLE TO HEAR THE SERVICE?

The sanctuary is equipped with a hearing loop for hearing aids equipped with a t-coil. If you do not have a t-coil aid, you can request the use of an amplifying device from the ushers or the sound operator. For hygiene purposes, please bring your own earphones that have a small ‘mini’ plug.