First Presbyterian Church
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Sunday Worship Service
Sundays Starting at 10:30 am
Each Sunday morning we gather in our beautiful sanctuary for Morning Worship. While our service generally follows traditional patterns, we also integrate some contemporary music. The sermons are biblically based, but utilize references from current & historical events. Participants may expect moments of reflection, challenging insights, and (at times) humor. We invite everyone to come experience this most special aspect of the life of our church family.
Children’s Sunday School
Sundays Starting at 11 am
First Presbyterian Church has Sunday School classes for all children from birth through highschool. The children attend the beginning of the service in the sanctuary with their family. The minister has a short children's sermon for children up to 5th grade before dismissing the children to Sunday School. When the children are dismissed they go to Chapel with Mrs. Nancy Trout to sing songs and collect children's offering. After Chapel they report to their classrooms.
"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Our Story & History
Members of the Presbyterian denomination first came to Brazil, Indiana in 1850. They met for services in homes and the early log cabin town hall at the corner of Walnut and Church streets which the pioneers had built.
The first Presbyterian Church was organized in 1858. The same year, a lot was purchased at the corner of Walnut and Jackson streets and a plain but substantial house of worship was erected. On October 1, 1868, the citizens met and voted to incorporate Brazil. This fine frame building was later sold to early members of the Catholic Church and moved to east Church Street to be their place of worship. Meanwhile, a society of Old School Presbyterians was organized and a brick edifice was erected on the corner of Jackson and Franklin Streets. The old and new societies were united in 1865. Early High School classes were held in these two early church buildings. The brick church burned to the ground in 1871 on a cold January Sunday. The brick manse stood for several years west of the church. The members used the Hendrix Hall on the corner of Meridian and Main to hold worship services. Then John Hendrix gave the lot at the corner of Franklin and McDonald Streets to build a fine new hand-pressed brick church that was erected in 1875 – 1877. Later a chapel was added in 1882. The bronze bell from the old church that was destroyed from the fire now sits on a base at the corner of the present church.
The church has always maintained a Sunday school and has been a force in the moral education of the community. History shows that the church and ministers have been an important factor in the civic and social as well as the educational life of the community.
In 1923, the old church building was considered unsafe to use and the property east on the corner of Walnut and McDonald streets was purchased and the present church was erected in 1924. In 1955 the addition of the Sunday school rooms, offices, Memorial chapel and lounge were the result of extensive renovation and alterations on the sanctuary. The same year, 1955, the Fellowship Hall was built.
The real history of the congregation cannot be told in terms of brick and mortar, but in terms of the people whose lives sparked its growth. They have been a varied lot: rugged, learned, eccentric, genteel, dedicated. Individually and corporately, they ministered to each other and to the community where each decade brought new opportunities for service, bright successes mixed with grave frustrations. It was a colorful past, and sure foundation for the future.
Robert T. Moore, Historian