Program Details during COVID-19

The Bible defines the church not as a building, but as a movement of people. We personally invite you to lean into your journey by participating in any of the programs described on this page.

Covid Protocol at First Pres

Overview

Ministry at First Pres continues in the midst of the pandemic. When you come to the First Pres Glen Ellyn campus, know that we are following the CDC/Illinois Department of Public Health COVID protocols for the protection of everyone:

Masks: required at all times while on the church campus — inside and outside, even if social distancing/6 feet apart is maintained.

Social distancing: 6 feet apart required at all times.

Hand Sanitizer: available at main entrance doors and should be used upon entering the building.

Self-Reporting: If you have been on the church campus and within 48 hours
1. become symptomatic and awaiting test results or have
2. tested positive,
please inform the church office immediately so that others who may have had “close contact” may be notified. “Close contact” is defined as longer than 15 minutes, and closer than 6 feet. The DuPage County Public Health Department performs further contact tracing as needed.

Notice of COVID incidence: If/when there is a COVID risk/confirmation of diagnosis, affected individuals and/or groups will be notified and provided with details relevant to taking precautionary measures, and consistent with the CDC/IDPH guidelines.

Westminster Preschool follows higher levels of protocol per DCFS:  this includes temperature taking; children-only allowed in building, and parents remain outside for drop-off/pick-up; frequent hand sanitizing and surface cleaning; and of course, masks and social distancing. Westminster also follows IL Department of Public Health Decision Tree in Pre-K, K-12 and Day Care Programs.

The First Pres Re-Opening Task Force continues to review, assess, and advise on plans and protocols as we open programming, thus we are receiving expert input from our members in the science, medical, and legal fields.

It’s important to be reminded during these difficult times that we have much to be grateful for at First Pres Glen Ellyn:

  • Children and Faculty at Westminster Preschool are thriving.
  • Elementary-age kids are enjoying outdoor or remote SPARK programming on Wednesdays.
  • The Tent is a huge success: Jr High students enjoy lunch on Thursdays; Confirmation for 8th graders and High School Inferno on Sundays; Faith Builders and many small groups meet weekly; Lunch Bunch enjoyed Brown Bag lunch together; SHINE Family gatherings on Sundays, and so many more Bible studies and get-togethers with friends under the tent.
  • We welcomed a New Member Class Oct 18!

We can be thankful and celebrate all that God is doing in our midst because of you!

If you have any questions about our COVID protocols at any time, please contact Suzi Benes or Cinda Siligmueller for church related concerns, or Sue Clary for Westminster. Keep reading for program-specific details.

Children's Ministry

Overview of Children's Ministry during Covid

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” – Hebrews 13:8.
We hope your child will be encouraged to know that in a world full of changes, Jesus doesn’t change. His love for us never stops, his grace is constant, and his presence is always there to guide us. Because Jesus is who he is, we can build our lives on his teaching which is rock solid. We hope that this is a year that your child’s faith will grow and blossom.

This time of covid has reminded us that faith formation starts at home. The church is always here to support you but when you take ownership of growing your child’s faith at home, your child will start to take ownership of their faith and internalize it at a much deeper level. That in turn makes what we do as the church much more effective. It’s a partnership and we’re so happy to be in it with you. We are rooting for you and here to support you with whatever you may need.

We have a number of opportunities for your family to grow in faith together so keep reading. Please Text FPKids to 94090 to stay up to date on all First Pres Kids news, and text SPARK to 94090 for the latest Spark information.

Church@Home

With Sunday morning Inspire and Ignite for children on hiatus, Church@Home resources are being sent by email each weekend with links to teaching videos and songs. Discussion questions and bonus materials will be available to guide your child through a short, faith-building experience. If you don’t yet receive these emails, check your junk folder, or email David Profitt and we’ll add you to the list.

Spark for 1st-5th Grade Children, In-person and Online

Spark for 1st-5th graders will resume again in a modified format in 2021 on Wednesdays, 3:45-5:30pm. In-person group sizes will be limited: masks, hand sanitizer, social distancing and temperature checks are some of the many procedures planned.

This year, an “at home” online format is also available. Videos of the teaching and small group materials will be emailed to those who sign up for this option.

Fall 2020, the theme of Spark was GROW. Just like a flower grows in dirt, we grow our roots into God’s love. Ephesians 3:17 says “Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” This is the type of growth that God has planned for all of us, and we are excited for the opportunity to partner with parents as they raise kids who GROW in God’s love.

Stay tuned for information about Winter 2020 Spark!

Westminster Preschool

Westminster Preschool has joyfully re-opened for learning following all covid guidelines. Classes are for children, almost age 3 through Kindergarten. Even in this unusual time, the children are learning, playing and growing – while appropriately distanced and wearing masks.

Watch our video: What a School Day will be like: Part One
Watch our video: Part Two: What the School Day will be like

We prepare students to succeed in kindergarten and beyond through a daily balance of “free-play” and interactive structured learning time. We learn about the world around us while building a strong foundation for reading and math skills. We also practice cognitive skills, fine motor skills, healthy self-concepts, socialization, and negotiation so kids graduate with a strong foundation for school.

Select enrollment openings are still available. Please contact Sue Clary, Director of Westminster Preschool, if you need more information. Or call the preschool office at 630-469-2090.

Student Ministry

Overview of Student Ministry during Covid

In Student Ministry at First Pres, we hope to give students an onramp to adulthood, preparing them to participate fully in life. We want them to be socially and emotionally engaged, able to identify how God is at work in their lives. Middle School and High School programs encourage students and point them to Christ. Our mission in Student Ministry this season is to provide opportunities for in-person gatherings that protect our young people while still growing their faith.

Keep reading for details and registration links; new students are welcome to join us throughout the year. Questions about any Student Ministry program? Contact Blake Riboli or Michel Curth.

TNT for Middle School Students

At First Pres we are very excited to offer a mid-week program for your Middle Schooler! Some significant changes for the fall include wearing facemasks, social distancing, registration limits, no dinner, and a new time (while CDC guidelines allow us to meet in person)! When necessary, we will offer remote meeting options. Please register online.

  • TNT for 8th Grade students will meet on Tuesdays, 7-8pm. Register now!
  • TNT for 6th and 7th Grade students will meet on Wednesdays, 7-8pm. Register now!

With all these changes, we still believe that young people will benefit from gathering in person or virtually; we’ll play games and check-in with your student. Middle school is hard enough! We hope to partner with you this year to provide a place for your teenager to process the world around them and to grow closer to Jesus.

JANUARY 2021 UPDATE: First Pres. Student Ministry’s TNT program resumes on Zoom on Wednesday January 13, 7-8pm. We hope to see you there!!

Confirmation Class for 8th Grade Students

Confirmation at First Pres follows the academic year calendar. Usually we meet in person and work through the hard and challenging questions that define the faith of a young person. This year, despite the restraints of Covid-19, we will focus on challenging questions, and we’ll provide a rich environment for connecting through faith. Every gathering will have an emphasis on fun and joy in the community. 2020-2021 Confirmation will be an excellent opportunity for your 8th grade student to find belonging and to grow in his/her faith.

Confirmation will take place on Sunday each week, 4-5pm beginning September 20, 2020 and ending May 16, 2021. We will begin the year meeting in the tent on the Northeast parking lot. If necessary, we will move to a virtual option. As the class has started, please contact Blake to enroll your student.

JANUARY 2021 UPDATE: Happy New Year! Confirmation resumes on Sunday January 10, 4-5pm via Zoom.

Inferno for High School Students

Inferno, our High School youth group, offers a welcoming environment specifically designed for a high school student—it’s a place they can belong while trying on who they are. Here, participants have an opportunity to try on what it means to be a Jesus follower. Students hear about and discuss the person and character of Jesus reflective of the Biblical narrative, and they see how it applies to their lives today.

Inferno meets on Sundays, September through May, 7-8:30pm. This year, due to Covid, we will start the year meeting under the parking lot tent. As the weather or CDC guidelines change, we will offer ministry for High School students in a small group or virtual format. Register for Inferno.

JANUARY 2021 UPDATE: Happy New Year!! We hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas Break! High School ministry resumes on Zoom on Sunday, January 10, 7-8pm.

Adult Ministry

Overview of Adult Ministry during Covid

Adults at First Pres have opportunities to live out their faith anywhere, all the time. Adults of all ages can participate in engaging activities within the First Pres community. If you want more — more opportunity for personal growth, more connection with others and with God, and more ways to expand your knowledge and deepen the foundation of your faith — you’ve come to the right place.

Adult Ed

The teaching ministry of the church is vital for a dynamic and growing life in Christ. Our classes are designed to help deepen your faith, engage your heart and mind, and encourage you to love and serve God and each other. We would love to have you join us for Adult Education. Classes are typically held September – May on Sunday mornings but are currently offered as videos that you can watch from home on your schedule. View the current class offering.

Lunch Bunch for Older Adults

Lunch Bunch normally meets for lunch, fellowship and a special program on the third Wednesday of the month, 12noon-2:00. While the weather remains pleasant, we will brown-bag it under the tent in the NE parking lot. Call the church office (630-469-2007) to reserve your space at the next gathering of Lunch Bunch, or to add your name and address to the Lunch Bunch mailing list. Bring your lunch and mask.

Midweek Prayer: Seeking God Together

Since early on in the pandemic, a small gathering of people have come together on Zoom to pray on Wednesday evenings. Are you looking for a place to pray with others, or are you open to that idea? Whether you have never prayed in a group before or are a veteran, you can jump in any time. Whatever weighs on your heart and mind, bring those with you as we seek God together. Midweek Prayer is each Wednesday, 7-7:45pm on Zoom, and is facilitated by Jonathan Hancock and David Profitt. Please register to join us so we can send you the Zoom login information. If you have questions, contact Pastor Jonathan Hancock.

Mission Partners of First Pres

At First Pres, we live our faith through service. We love and serve in response to Christ’s call and the needs around us. We share God’s love with the world by partnering with local, national, and global organizations, diverse in their missions and locations. They share a common goal of Christ’s love in action. We send our members into these partnerships in fun, creative ways. Read more about the current needs of our mission partners. The Missions Council continues to update the church on the ways we can respond as the hands and feet of Christ as we move through this crisis. Questions? Contact the Missions Council by way of Lou Simon or Erik Peterson, Missions Elders.

MOPS Meets Here

Mothers of Preschoolers is an International Organization dedicated to hosting women’s gatherings that welcome moms to share life, motherhood and Jesus. Whether you are a first time mom, mom of 5, or grandmother caring for children, this time will be for you to receive refreshment, encouragement, inspiration and affirmation for the important job you hold of MOTHERHOOD.  Bring a friend, share with a neighbor you know.  MOPS is for everyone and is meeting safely on Zoom. Learn about upcoming MOPS gatherings.

New Members Classes

Are you new to First Pres? We offer New Member classes twice each year. The two-session classes meet in-person on Sundays, early evenings, at First Pres with social distancing, hand sanitizer, and masks available. Pastor Chris leads the informative classes. You will learn more about following Jesus, and about the programs and ministry of First Pres. The class provides a great opportunity to meet other folks who, like you, are new to First Pres. If you would like to attend a future class, contact Cinda Siligmueller. We look forward to meeting you!

Small Groups

God can uniquely work in our lives every day through relationships. We know everyone craves close, meaningful connection, and we believe in the impact these relationships can have on faith. We work intentionally to cultivate Christ-centered relationships, strong marriages, healthy families, and transformative friendships. First Pres offers a variety of Small Groups: Mens, Womens, Co-ed, Couples and Family Groups; some groups even meet via Zoom during this time. The Small Group leadership team would love to help you find or build a group that is a great fit for you. Contact Cinda about joining a small group.

Worship

Online Worship on Sunday Mornings

We take joy in worshipping the God of the universe, despite being unable to gather together physically. Even during hard times, we know we can experience God’s presence no matter where we are and who we are with. While “sheltering in place” we worship God each Sunday morning at 10:00. All people are welcome to join us for a time of community prayer and the opportunity to participate in worship from your home. Join us for worship online shortly before 10:00 each Sunday morning.

When CDC guidelines allow for gatherings of at least 25 people, a limited number of spots will be available for those who would like to be present during the live-streaming of worship. When you make your reservation, we will talk you through the safety restrictions and required practices for attending worship in the Sanctuary. Call the church office during office hours (before 12 noon on Fridays) to reserve a seat in the Sanctuary.
Church phone number: 630-469-2007
Office hours: 9-4 Tuesday-Thursday and 9-noon Friday

Advent 2020 Sermon Series: The Coming of the Promise

Christmas this year is set in a very different context for us. Our society is filled with angst, sadness, loss, fear and darkness. The good news is that the message and the event of Christmas are designed for a people just like us. Jesus, the eternal word of God made flesh, entered into a world of darkness, brokenness, suffering and fear. Come discover the gift of the light of God shining into our darkness through Jesus Christ, and embrace that light and warmth into your life right now!

The four Sundays preceding Christmas help prepare our hearts for remembering the birth of Christ. The services will feature a variety of music and special candle-lighting liturgy in which you can participate from home! We encourage you to create your own Advent wreath so you can light the candles of Joy, Peace, Hope and Love as we also light candles each week during worship.

Read more about Advent.

Read more about Christmas Eve.

Past Worship Services

In case you’ve missed a previous service, you can view past online worship services.

News Posts

Most current news

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