Fall Guide 2022

Consider yourself invited to any of the programs described below. We can't wait to meet you!

Worship

Worship Schedule

8:45am  |  Classic Worship
10:30am  |  Modern Worship

Fall Sermon Series: The Way of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew

Long before followers of Jesus Christ were referred to as “Christians” they were known as adherents of “The Way.” There are multiple reasons for this. Jesus referred to himself as “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” in John chapter 14. The Gospel author Mark quotes from the book of Isaiah in the prologue of the book of Mark, “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight the paths for him.” By the time we arrive at the events of the New Testament book of Acts, “The Way” is probably the most commonly used term for the Jesus movement in the First Century, as it is cited eight separate times. Likely the primary reason that Jesus followers identified with that term for themselves is that they saw their lives as a journey following the way of Jesus Christ. In this sermon series, we will study what it means to live in the way of Jesus, to be his apprentice, and to understand our lives and our world from that perspective.

Being a Jesus follower is not just a decision we make at one inflection point in our spiritual journeys. It is a way of life, guided by the Holy Spirit, following in the teachings and practices of Jesus Christ. Come discover the joy of walking in the Way of Jesus in 2022.

More Than Sunday Podcast

God’s love for us impacts and inspires every part of our lives—our relationships, families, day-to-day experiences, and more. On the More than Sunday podcast, we will encourage, challenge, love, and listen to one another as we learn what Jesus wants for us. Come to study, connect, laugh, hope, and be inspired. Listen today on Apple, Google, Spotify, or the First Pres here.

Children's Ministry

Kids' Church

Nursery (0-2 years old): The nursery shows our youngest kids God’s love and care that starts from birth. We sing, play, and love our little ones adapting to your child’s developmental stage. Learn more.

Kids’ Church (Age 2.5-K): During the 8:45am and 10:30am service, kids love to discover God loves them, made them, and has a plan for them. They hear an exciting story from the Bible, sing high energy songs with big motions, do fun activities, and circle up for prayer time. And of course, Kids’ Church wouldn’t be complete without snack and a little play time squeezed in! Learn more.

Kids’ Church (1st-5th): During the 8:45am and 10:30am service, Kids Church of 1st -5th is an upbeat worship experience where kids learn to live out their faith. Children start the morning in a group led by volunteers. They participate in energetic music, intentional teaching, and small groups for fun activities, prayer, and discussion. Learn more.

Questions? Contact Director of Children’s Ministries David Profitt

3rd Grade Bibles | October 23

3rd graders and their families are invited to receive a Bible. Join us on October 23 at the 8:45am or 10:30am service. Please let us know which service you will be attending sign up today!

Student Ministries

High School Youth Group (FPGEY)

FPGEY offers a welcoming environment specifically designed for high school students—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 life today. We meet on Sundays at, 4-5:30pm in the Youth Lounge. Register today!

Junior High Ministry (TNT)

Fall TNT registration is open! Whether you grew up in church or have never stepped foot inside one, you are welcome at TNT! Try it once; come for the year! Join us for fun games, and a time of learning more about Jesus. Meet us inside the NE doors. TNT is on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8pm. Register today!

Confirmation

Confirmation is an opportunity for 8th grade students to become full members of First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn. They are asked to come to weekly meetings where no question or challenge to faith is off-limits. Our goal is to connect students to each other and the church through a 9-month intentional discipleship pathway. If you know an 8th grader with questions about faith, this is the program for them. We meet weekly starting September 11, 9-10am in room 29. Register Today!

High School Fall Retreat | October 21-23

We are excited to go on our Fall Retreat from October 21-23! Join us for an extraordinary weekend away to reconnect with the church. We’ll hear from God’s word and reflect on the movement of the Holy Spirit. This is a great weekend to make memories with friends and reset after the start of the school year. Don’t miss out on fun activities like disc golf, a challenge course, smores, a bonfire and more! Register Today!

Equipped (formerly Adult Ed)

Equipped Classes

The teaching ministry of the church, “Equipped”, is vital for a dynamic and growing life in Christ. Our classes for adults are designed to help deepen your faith, engage your heart and mind, and encourage you to love and serve God and each other. Click here for class information.

Small Groups

Being a part of a small group provides the environment which allows God to work in our lives through relationships and learning. Click here for more information.

Faith Builders for Women (Thursday)

Faith Builders is a Bible study for women of all ages and stages of faith. Come Thursday September 15, 9:15- 11:00am to the Gathering Place as we begin Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas. This is a 5 session DVD series, where we meet in large group for teaching and small groups for discussion and prayer. If your spiritual walk is not what you would like it to be, you can change that. Sacred Pathways describes the nine spiritual temperaments that will help you understand your key pathway. You can investigate the ways you most naturally express yourself in your relationship with God. And you will understand how to relate to others who have different temperaments from your own. Childcare is provided.  $10 registration includes Discussion Guide. Register here!

Faith Builders for Women (Wednesday)

When Strivings Cease: Replacing the Gospel of Self-Improvement with the Gospel of Life-Transforming Grace

In this hustling, image-forward age of opportunity, we feel more anxious than ever. Despite all the affirming memes and self-reflections that dominate social media feeds, approval and worth often seem assigned to what we do rather than who we are. And we end up constantly feeling behind, lacking, and like we’re failing—at home, at work, with friends, with God. Join Wednesday Night Faith Builders as we explore how to cease our striving for something more and learn how to find freedom from the never-ending quest for self-improvement. Study guides a must, book recommended but optional. Each session will begin with an opening thought and scripture, followed by a video and discussion and ending with personal prayer requests and prayer. Register here today!

Options for ordering can be found on Ruth Chou Simon’s website, https://ruthchousimons.com/whenstrivingscease/. You will be responsible for securing the guide as well as the book (if you wish).

  • Wednesdays at 7:00p.m. in the church parlor beginning September 14th.
  • September 14th is a welcome and organizing session, the study begins on the 21st.

New Member Class | October 16 and October 23

Interested in taking the next step at First Pres? Plan to attend the upcoming New Member Class on October, 16 and 23, 4:30-6:30pm in the Gathering Place. The class, led by Pastor Griggs, gives you the opportunity to form new relationships and to learn more about the mission and ministry of First Presbyterian. Childcare is provided. A light dinner is served. All are welcome; we can’t wait to meet you! Register here!

Grief Group | October 11 - November 8

Grief Group will be offered again this Fall. It provides a place for those who grieve due to the loss of a loved one. While grief and loss is a part of each of our life journeys, the way it hits each of us is unique. The group setting will provide you with helpful resources as we engage in the issues and process of grief, but mostly it will allow you space to talk honestly about what grieving is like for you and allow for group members to listen to and care for each other. Jonathan Hancock will facilitate the group. Please share this opportunity with others who are grieving. If you have questions or interest, please send an email to: jhancock@firstpresge.org or call the church office.

Circle of Grace

Moms are invited to Circle of Grace, a great group to enjoy community with other moms. Circle of Grace is on Thursdays from 9:15-11am and will meet weekly in the Parlor. ‘Breathing Room for Moms’, the 6 week video study is both humorous and empathetic.  You’re multitasking your way through motherhood, you’re efficient but exhausted, weighed down by the toddler on your hip and your long to-do list. With one surprisingly simple invitation, God offer to trade your overwhelming pace for one that will finally bring you peace. Childcare is provided. Register here today!

Adult Fellowship

Men’s Breakfast | October 29

The next Men’s Breakfast will be held Saturday, October 29 from 7:30 – 9am in the Church Gym.  The speaker will be our own Bob Goldsborough, retired columnist for the Chicago Tribune. This is our last Men’s Breakfast of the year, don’t miss out on this great fellowship opportunity!  Cost is $20. Register here!

Church Events

Live Nativity | November 25th

Join us Friday November 25 from 6:30-7:30pm. Just steps from the downtown tree lighting … Capture the wonder of season at the First Pres Live Nativity. Live animals including a llama, sheep and ducks complete the scene and hot cocoa and cookies will be served. The event is free and open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact the front office at 630.469.2007.

Westminster Preschool

Academic Calendar

Classes start September 6 & 7 from 8:45 to 11:15am or from 12:30 to 3 pm. Classes end before Memorial Day. We follow the academic calendar of Glen Ellyn School District 41 for most holidays and school closings. Learn more here or by contacting Sue Clary, Westminster Preschool Director.