Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church

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Church HistoryFor over 150 years, JAPC has been serving Christ in Detroit. For church history and architectural elements, click here.

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Music at JAPCFrom jazz to carillon to vocal and instrumental programs, JAPC offers a variety of musical events. To learn more, click here.

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Upcoming Events at JAPC

We have a number of special worship, seasonal events and programs scheduled throughout the year. If you would like more information or want to receive our weekly E-Notes for upcoming events, call the Church Office (313) 822-3456 or e-mail the church office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Winter Church Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  

Worship with us on Sunday, December 10 at 10:30 a.m. when Rev. Dr. Lou Prues weaves reflective thoughts throughout the choirs rendition of Bach’s masterpiece “Sleepers Wake”.  The theme will focus on “Being Ready” and is based on Matthew 25:1-13.

The Tutoring T.R.E.E. has begun its 34th year! Tutoring T.R.E.E. program continues on Tuesdays.  Tutors and enrichment leaders are always needed. It only takes two hours per week to make a difference.  If you are willing to help by volunteering to tutor or to provide healthy snacks, call or email Kathy Chateau.

Join us for a joyous musical celebration of the Christmas season! As part of the JAPC Music Series, the Community Chorus of Detroit presents “Peace on Earth” on Friday, December 8 (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, December 9 (4:00 p.m.). Tickets will soon be available online at or at the door.

The next Monthly Men’s Breakfast will be held on Saturday, December 9 at 9:00 a.m. in the Guild Room.  Rev. Dr. Ken Kaibel will lead the discussion on Douglas Abrams book, “The Book of Joy - His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu”. Copies of the selection and reservation sheet are on the Main Foyer Table.

Advent in Church School - Family Advent projects and ideas will be available in Dodge Hall during the coffee hour on Sunday, December 10.  Come browse, work on activities at church or take home for children and grandchildren.  For more information, contact Kathy Chateau.

Christmas Baskets - The Board of Deacons will provide Christmas Baskets ($125 per Basket) for 45 families of children in the Tutoring T.R.E.E. and at Nichols School.  If you would like to support this project, mark your check “Deacons’ Christmas Baskets”.

The Mitten Tree in the Main Foyer is ready to receive your gifts of mittens, scarves, hats and socks. Items donated will be given to Nichols School for distribution in January.

Angel Tree Program - JAPC participates in the Prison Fellowship Program providing gifts to children who have one or both parents incarcerated.  Gift tags to buy Christmas gifts are available in the Main Hallway.  Gifts need to be returned to the church no later than Sunday, December 10.  There will be gift suggestions and directions on how to participate in the program on the bulletin board.  An Angel Tree party will be held on Saturday, December 16.

The JAPC Music Series will be hosting “Carols, Coneys and Cocoa” on Wednesday, December 20, at 6:30 p.m.  Please come and enjoy a free family evening complete with carolers, our full chancel choir, hot dogs, sweets, Carillon, hot chocolate and a Christmas sing-a-long with the Mighty Skinner!  Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite ugly (or beautiful) Christmas sweaters!

Christmas Worship Opportunities
•     Our regular Sunday Worship will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
•    Family Christmas Eve Service at 4:00 p.m. will have the traditional Christmas story told in a family-friendly way, highlighted by the Joyful Noise and Cherub Children’s Choirs and Chancel Choir soloists. The service is not limited to families and children but to anyone who prefers an earlier time. 
•    Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 10:00 p.m.  This beautiful and traditional service is preceded by an extended prelude beginning shortly after 9:30 p.m. As we joyfully celebrate the Christmas Story, we will be joined by the gifted musical artistry of guest musicians and the Chancel Choir.

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