Visiting any church for the first time can be a little intimidating no matter how friendly and welcoming that church is. We hope this page will help you know what to expect. We believe you will find Central Presbyterian a warm, welcoming community of faith.
Coming to Central
Parking: Free parking is available in the small lots north and south of the building, and on surrounding streets. Parking meters are not enforced on the weekends, but handicap-designated spaces are. Members of the Masonic Lodge, which is located north and east of our church building, have graciously made their parking lot available to our members and visitors on Sunday mornings (but not at other times.) Parking is also available for free on Sunday mornings in the ISU parking garage next door to our building. (Entrance to the garage is from Cherry Street.)
Accessibility: Our building is fully wheelchair-accessible via ramps and an elevator. Ushers or members will be glad to help if assistance is needed getting into the building. The best door for wheelchair accessibility is on the north side of the building, on Larry Bird Avenue .
An Inclusive Congregation: We welcome all people regardless of age, race, gender, marital status, physical condition, sexual orientation, ethnic background, or economic status.
Sunday Morning at Central
Sunday School (9:30-10:15) is offered for all ages. Infant care is available in our nursery. (More below.)
Our worship service starts at 10:30 AM. Our traditional worship includes scripture readings, a time for children, a sermon, singing, prayers, and sometimes drama. We’re a “church of the upper room;” our sanctuary is on the 2nd floor. Use either the stairs just inside the 7th Street door or the elevator at the opposite end of the building.
There is a 15 minute organ prelude before the service—a time for quiet reflection and meditation. Ushers at the sanctuary entrances will offer you a bulletin and can also provide large-print hymnals, children’s worship materials, or assistance with the elevator. The sanctuary is equipped with T-Coil (telecoil) transmitters, which can be received directly by many hearing aids.
There is plenty of seating available in our sanctuary. Sit wherever you like, there aren’t any reserved seats. Every once in a while we may mark off a few pews for some special event, but other than that, sit where you are most comfortable.
Our worship service is easy to follow and lasts about an hour. The order of service including all scripture, prayers and responses, is printed in the bulletin.