Our Ministries

Children's Church

We are proud to have a Children's Church that offers wonderful leaders who are passionate in teaching the Bible to your precious gifts the Lord has blessed you with. Under normal conditions Children's Church meets during the Worship time.  It is for children age 5 through fifth grade.  



Our Nursery is staffed with one of our church members and a member of Gaffey Health Services who is CPR and First Aid Certified. Our Nursery is for children ages newborn to 4 years old. It is beautifully painted with an underwater theme. Cathy Hawkins RN is our Nursery Director.  We welcome you to utilize our Nursery and come to Adult Sunday school and then attend the Worship Service.

Children's Sunday school

Sunday school for all ages is available at 9:00 in the morning. Dedicated teacher's prepare a lesson each week for the various age groups from 4 years old through high school.

Due to Covid-19 Sunday school is not being held.


Adult Sunday School

Adult Sunday School is usually taught by Mark Zumdahl at 9:00am. Mark is a teacher that has a passion for the Lord. Everyone is invited to speak but no one is put on the spot to do so.  It is a well attended lively group. Many times books are chosen to study from.

Women's Ministry

Our Women's Ministry-Lydia Circle usually meets on the second Thursday of the month. Refreshments and sometimes a whole meal is served.  There is a time for devotions and sometimes a program. We discuss any new ideas to help our church and families. Most importantly is just spending time with our sisters in Christ.  All women of the church are invited.


Praise Team & Music

At this time we are not having a Praise Team

during the Worship Service.  We look forward to a time we will have a Choir or Praise Team and do go back to singing.  We have a Clavinova that is used at times.  Our pipe organ is waiting for a musician to play it.  Music is played during the Worship Service. 

Volunteer Groups

Have a passion to help others?

Annually we have a Baby Shower for Jesus and take the items we receive to the Caring Center in downtown Sterling to be given away.

During the summer we prepare lunches for the Let's Feed Our Children program.

In the fall we collect items for shoe boxes and pack them and pay postage for Operation Christmas Child.

We welcome you to volunteer with us. We always have things going on and would love to have you. We take pride in our community helping others. With more volunteers we we can help more people and organizations and share the LORD'S LOVE by helping others.

Currently we are involved in volunteer projects.  We social distance and wear masks.  We gather in small groups on a limited basis.

Mary Grant reviewed The BIG RED Church - First Congregational of Sterling, IL — 5 star

September 6, 2016 ·

Bill and I have been going several months and it just felt like home.

Kadie Butts recommends The BIG RED Church - First Congregational of Sterling, IL.

October 28, 2018 ·

This is the first church I have felt welcome and 100% comfortable!! Love the atmosphere and the people.

Sandra Emmert reviewed The BIG RED Church - First Congregational of Sterling, IL — 5 star

August 11, 2015 ·

The people that go to the big red church are so welcoming on judgemental and loving so is the pastor and his wife anyone who comes to this Church would be blessed to be surrounded by such great people I have gone there for 14 years

Sandy Rich reviewed The BIG RED Church - First Congregational of Sterling, IL — 4 star

March 22, 2018 ·

The church is lovely. Wish I could be there for the pork loin dinner!

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