In baptism, we are symbolically “marked” as one of Christ’s disciples, welcomed into the church family and begin a new life in Christ. Baptism becomes one step on a life-long journey of discipleship. It is far from being a one-time ritual. As with any commitment, advance planning is required, so we recommend that you contact us at least two months before your desired date. To begin the baptism request process, please contact Sarah Seccombe at or 847-234-6250. Additional questions can be answered during your pre-baptism counseling session with one of our pastors.

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Confirmation is a time for 8th graders to explore their faith, learn about the Christian and Presbyterian traditions, and grow in community with one another. When a baby is baptized in a Presbyterian Church, the parents and the whole church make vows to lovingly raise that child in the Christian faith. When you reach a certain age (in our church it’s 8th grade), you are given the opportunity in confirmation to claim that faith as your own. Click here to find out more about confirmation.


When you face a loss, contact the church and ask to speak with our Director of Congregational Care Donna Birney or any of our pastors. The pastor will work with you and your family through the difficult process of planning a funeral or memorial service. Scripture tells us that “in life and death we belong to God.” We believe that the enduring promise of God’s love will sustain us in our time of loss. We offer our church’s ministry as a visible sign of that love. The funeral or memorial will celebrate the gift of the life of the deceased individual and glorify and honor God in whom we put our faith. To find out more, contact Debbie Tometz at



We are delighted that you are considering First Pres for your wedding. A wedding ceremony, above all else, is a celebration of the sacred covenant between two people and the Lord our God. The music, readings and liturgy of this church service will be rooted in Christian traditions and will honor and glorify the God who joins the couple in Christian marriage. Download our Wedding Guide for further details or contact Debbie Tometz at for more information. To secure your event, fill out the Wedding Information Form. (This form is also found in the Wedding Guide.) If you are not a member of First Pres but would like to get married here. Please fill out our Non-Member Query(This form is also found in the Wedding Guide.)