Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church

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Our desire at JAPC is that all people find connection, grow in faith, and serve one other. For more information on church programs, click here.

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What We Believe

What We BelieveJAPC is part of the Presbyterian Church USA. Learn more about our Reformed Tradition and beliefs by clicking here.

Church Life

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Educational Opportunities

Educational OpportunitiesJAPC is a place of spiritual growth and education. For our more information, click here.

Church History

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

Music at JAPC

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

How You Can Serve

How You Can ServeJAPC is committed to serving Christ through outreach and mission. To view the ways you can help us serve, click here.

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

Church Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon.

Sunday worship is at 10:30 a.m. Concurrent with the service is a Church School program for children for Crib - 8th Grade.

Join us for worship this Sunday which is Palm Sunday. Our Pastor, Peter Smith, will preach on Matthew 21:1-11. His sermon is titled, "What a Week!".

The Tutoring T.R.E.E. needs your help! The T.R.E.E. continues on Tuesdays afternoons from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Tutors and enrichment leaders are needed.  Volunteers can also provide “healthy” snacks and juices. If you want to help, contact Kathy Chateau.

The Lenten Study concludes on Wednesday. April 16 (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.). This year's study is based on Adam Hamilton's book, "Final Words". In this video-based study, Hamilton explores Jesus' final words spoken from the cross as seen and heard by those who stood near the cross and their impact for our lives today..   This week we will look at the words, “It is Finished...In Your Hands I commit my spirit”. Don’t worry if you can’t attend all the sessions or haven’t bought the book, each lesson is complete in itself.  If you want to attend, sign up in the Main Hallway.

Maundy Thursday Soup Supper - On April 17, you are invited to join members and friends at 6:30 p.m. for a Soup Supper (soup, rolls and dessert).  A reservation sheet is in the Main Hallway. Karen Wininger is coordinating the event. The cost is $3.00 for adults and free for children.

The Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service, on April 17, begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The celebration of the Lord’s Supper, biblical texts, music and the extinguishing of lights draws the congregation into the dramatic events leading to the crucifixion.  Remember with us!

The Good Friday Service, April 18, begins at 1:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  Join us on Golgotha as we remember Jesus’ death and God’s abiding love.

On Easter morning, April 20, our celebration begins with a brief Resurrection Service held in the Steep Memorial Garden at 10 a.m.  Prayers will be offered for those interred in the Garden and Columbarium and other loved ones who have entered the “Church Triumphant”.

The Easter Festival Service begins with special prelude music at 10:15 a.m.  During the service, a wonderful blend of musical traditions, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper and special liturgy will inspire us to embrace the Easter story with joy and hope.  There will be Church School classes for Crib-Toddler thru First Grade.

Yoga Class (Slow Flow) resumes on Saturday, April 26 (9:30 - 10:30 a.m.) in the Youth Pit. The cost is $5 per class, $12 per family.  Free mat usage.  All ages and abilities are welcome.

The Sunday Bible Study focusing on “The Text for the Day” resumes on Sunday, April 27 at 9:00 a.m. in the Guild Room.

“Jazz at JAPC” on April  27, welcomes Marion Hayden and the “Stars of the Future”, a group of high school musicians from all over the city.  It promises to be  an exciting afternoon of fantastic, high energy music making and some really hard-swinging tunes. The program begins at 4:00 p.m. and will be held in the Sanctuary.  Plan to attend and bring a Yoga Class (Slow Flow) resumes on Saturday, April 26 (9:30 - 10:30 a.m.) in the Youth Pit. The cost is $5 per class, $12 per family.  Free mat usage.  All ages and abilities are welcome.

The CREW will enjoy Grosse Pointe South’s rendition of The Will Rogers Follies on Wednesday, April 30, at 1:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5 and there is a reservation  sheet in the Main Hallway. 

Anniversary Celebration - We will celebrate the church’s 160th Anniversary on Sunday, May 4.  As we recall our history, we will honor those who have been members for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, & 50+ years. Following the service there will be a special Anniversary Brunch in the Dining Room. (Cost $12-Adults/$7-Children). A sign-up sheet is available in the Main Hallway.

“Bible and Brew” resumes on Sunday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. at City Kitchen (in the Village, 16844 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe). Join the group for lively discussion continuing with James.  Questions? Contact Lou Prues. 

The Crafters will meet Monday, May 5, at JAPC, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Guild Room to work on craft projects for their Indian Village and Scottish Sunday Craft Fairs.  For more information, call Rae Ellen Firestone.

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