History and Theology of the Black Church Sundays, February 5-19 at 10:30 a.m. Led by Dr. Theon Hill, Associate Professor of Communication at Wheaton College
Since its inception, the Black Church in America has occupied a prominent place within Black communities and Black religious life. Despite declining numbers, Black communities collectively constitute the most religious demographic within the U.S. In this three-week course, we will consider the history, theology, and social impact of Black churches in the U.S., tracing their impact from early colonial times to the present as a means of understanding the historical, social, political, and economic factors that have shaped this venerated institution of Black religious life.
Led By: Dr. David Downing and Dr. Crystal Downing
Learn more about opportunities for fun and fellowship with other women.
An intergenerational mix of women who focus on mission, study and fellowship. We are mostly empty nesters who offer support and encouragement to one another as we experience life's changes and challenges.
Second Thursday • 1:00 p.m. • Living Room
Contact: Dianne Lambert
An encouraging group of women, many of us are in the "sandwich years" with kids who are not totally independent and parents who are becoming more dependent. Meetings are spent discussing a book we select each fall. Mission projects and social gatherings are scheduled throughout the year.
Third Wednesday• 9:30 a.m. • Living Room (offsite in December & May)
Contact: Erin Schnack
A mix of women who desire to grow in faith through caring fellowship, Bible study and service in a joyful, Christ-centered environment. Joy Circle celebrates God’s abundant grace and love.
Second Monday • 6:30 p.m. • Via Zoom
Contact: Donna Boyd
A friendship-building group – caring for each other’s joys and concerns. We are studying John Maxwell's "Wisdom From Women of the Bible," focusing on Biblical heroines such as Ruth, Sarah, Mary and others. We learn wisdom from these women as well as Christian leadership. We have served local ministries such as PADS, Outreach luncheons, and Christmas Sharing, and we support PCUSA through the Thank Offering and Birthday Offering.
Second Tuesday, Sept-May • 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Living Room
Contact: Sue Hervey
We are a group of young women, most with children, who focus on volunteering in the community, missions for the church, studying together, and sharing our lives with one another. Babysitting is available.
Second & Fourth Thursday • 9:30 a.m. • Living Room
Contact: Kate Hinson
Chix With Stix
This is a fellowship of women who knit and crochet together.
Contact: Monica Wylie
Prayer Shawl Ministry
This ministry offers the opportunity for fellowship as well as providing a physical reminder of God's love and care to those who receive the prayer shawls we knit. The shawls are made of prayer, yarn and knit. The pattern is knit 3, purl 3, which represents the trinity. Teachers are available for those who want to learn to knit.
Fourth Monday • 7:00 p.m. • Library
Contact: Dianne Lambert
Men's Small Groups
First Light Men’s Collaborative
Are you looking for an opportunity for fellowship and study with other faith-filled men? "First Light" is a great opportunity for exploring your personal faith with others.
Saturdays • 7:00 am at Windsor Park 124 Windsor Park Drive in Carol Stream (near Gary and North Avenue)
Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 a.m. September 8 - December 1, 2022
D.E.N. for Men is a First Pres small group for committed working fathers transitioning to life as empty nesters. The group offers a forum for men with similar circumstances to discuss challenges related to this transition, including loneliness, balance, integrity, relationships with spouse and children, money, time management, temper-ament and self identity.
Fridays from 6:00-7:00 a.m. September 9 - December 2, 2022
Finding Fathers is a small group of committed fathers with school age children (K-12). The group offers a forum for men with similar circumstances to discuss challenges related to balance, integrity, relationships, money, time management, temperament and self-identity.