The faith journey of a church is much like a tapestry – woven over time, with continued growth and beauty. The tapestry of the First United Presbyterian Church of Fairbury began in 1873 when 23 people participated in the organization of the church. The first services were held in the Baptist Church near 6th and B streets. In 1874, lots were purchased near 6th and H streets. The first church was dedicated in 1878. As membership increased, the first building was outgrown, and the congregation worshipped in the Majestic Theater. A new church was dedicated in 1915. Improvements were made over the years, including a new addition in1975.
Tom & Alvina Zweifel left their estate to the church, with the stipulation that the money was to be used to construct a handicapped accessible church. The Preston family donated a three-acre plot of ground at 23rd & H Street. The church agreed to move forward with a new handicapped accessible building, and a building committee was formed. Additional money was raised, the building was completed, and the first service as held in 1999.
The tapestry continued to be woven with special activities such as a Living Creche with live animals, and youth portraying the nativity, ice cream social, Mother Daughter Suppers, and birthday parties with talent show. Members fondly remember these and other activities
We’ve woven in many youth activities, including Bible School, Sunday School, and confirmation classes. We partner with other churches for 5 Star Bible Camp, and ecumenical camp which has been bringing youth closer to Christ for more than 20 years now.
We continue to weave the tapestry of our faith through the First United Presbyterian Church. Today’s church hosts a Teacher/Staff Appreciation lunch for the Fairbury Public Schools at the beginning of the school year, a revived Harvest Festival, with food, crafts, and fellowship, a book club, both men’s and women’s groups, outreach and service projects, mission work, and more.
Throughout our history, we have had 28 pastors, who have helped weave the tapestry of our faith. We are excited to worship and fellowship together, and to see what more the Lord has in store for our tapestry.