First Pres Spring/Summer Guide

 

The 2024 Spring/Summer Guide will help you learn more about the upcoming programs and events at the church.

Learn more below

Renovation of the Sanctuary will begin on April 1, 2024. Beginning April 7, worship will be moved to the Gym with one Sunday service at 10am. Kids’ programming will remain downstairs in John Knox Hall. We are excited about this progress in going ALL IN for the future.

Children’s Ministry

First Pres children’s ministry is excited about the upcoming opportunities this Spring/Summer. We love to see God at work in kids’ lives through our variety of programs.

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 10am 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 a snack and a little play time squeezed in! Learn more.

Kids’ Church (1st-5th): During the 10am 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 Interim Director of Children’s Ministries Kristen Symons.

Communion Workshop

April 17, April 24 & May 1 | 3:45-5pm | John Knox Hall

We invite all children to join Jen Bradbury & Kristen Symons to learn about the importance of communion. We will explore the who, what, when, where, why, and how of communion through fun, engaging activities. All children are welcome – whether they’ve never taken communion or they’ve been taking it for a while and want to know more about it (or you want them to know more about it). The class will be geared to the ages 2nd/3.rd

Kids are expected to attend all three Wednesday classes, with a guardian joining from 4:30pm – 5pm on 4/24 and 5/1 – childcare will be provided.  The kids will have an opportunity to participate in communion on Sunday, 5/5. Please reach out to Kristen Symons with any questions or concerns. Register here or on Sunday mornings.

Summer Family Kickoff

May 19 | 9am | John Knox Hall

Join us to kickoff summer! You and your kids will rotate through a series of stations that will help you grow closer to God & each other and give you tools to stay connected to your faith and First Pres throughout the summer months! Stay tuned for more information.

Family Camp

August 30-September 1, 2024

Join other families from First Pres, Labor Day weekend (August 30-September 1) for fun games, fellowship, and time at Covenant Harbor Camp in Lake Geneva! It’s a great weekend to bond with other families and your own. Reach out to Kristen Symons for more information.

Student Ministry

This spring/summer in student ministries there will be lots of opportunities for fun and spiritual growth. We will have a mission trip in July and other opportunities to grow closer with others in the community.

Confirmation Retreat

April 19-20 | Covenant Harbor | $90

The Confirmation Retreat will be held at Covenant Harbor Friday, April 19 – Saturday, April 20. Students will meet at First Pres on Friday at 4:30 pm, and we’ll return to the First Pres at 4:30 pm on Saturday. During the retreat, we’ll spend time bonding, exploring what confirmation is and why it matters, and writing our Statements of Faith. This retreat is the culminating experience of confirmation, and all confirmands are expected to attend. Registration closes April 1st! Reach out with any questions: costerholm@firstpresge.org

Confirmation Sunday

April 28 | 10am

On Sunday, April 28 we’ll be receiving this year’s confirmands into the church. Our confirmands have spent the last year learning about their faith and during this important milestone, they’ll publicly take ownership of their faith journey. Join us as we welcome them into the First Pres community!

Youth Sunday

May 5 | 10am

Join us on Sunday, May 5 for Youth Sunday. Several of our seniors will give the morning’s message, various students will lead different parts of worship, and we’ll recognize our graduating seniors. You’ll leave encouraged in your faith and filled with hope!

Student Ministries Summer Mission Trip

July 14-19, 2024

All students currently in grades 6 – 12 are invited to join us for a summer mission trip to Milwaukee, WI, with Youth Works Missions from Sunday, July 14 at 11am to Friday, July 19 around 4pm. During our week together, we’ll serve in a variety of ways. We might run VBS for kids, play games with the elderly in a nursing home, work in a community garden, or serve food in a homeless shelter. Each night, we’ll also do something fun, worship together, and process the day’s experience and figure out what they mean for us after we get home. You’ll grow closer with other First Pres students as well as young people from across the country. You’ll also grow deeper in your relationship with Jesus and your faith. 

Students will be expected to attend a Mission Trip Meeting on Sunday, April 14 from 11am – 1pm to help prepare them for their experience. Parents and students will need to attend a meeting on Wednesday, June 26 from 7-8:30pm. Friends are welcome to join us as well as long as they are also able to attend the trip meetings. 

To sign up for the trip, complete the First Pres Waiver & Medical Release Form, the Youth Works Registration Form and submit your $500 trip fee here.

Contact Jen Bradbury, Sr. Director of Family Ministries, with any questions or concerns! 

Equipped

This spring/summer adults of all ages can fill their calendars with fun, engaging activities within the First Pres community. Check out our Equipped classes that allow people the opportunity to dig deeper in knowing, loving, and serving our Lord Jesus Christ.

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.

New Membership Class @ First Pres

Sunday, April 14 | 11am-12pm | Parlor

Are you interested in becoming a member at FPGE?

Sunday, April 14 | 11am-12pm | Parlor
Session One:
This meeting provides a short introduction to First Pres – What does First Pres offer? – What will the Membership process be? – Who are/what is role of staff? You will receive a New Member class notebook and link to Pastor Chris’ New Member podcasts. Childcare provided.

Sunday, April 28 | 11am-1pm | Parlor
Session Two:
This meeting provides you with opportunity to talk about Pastor Chris’ podcasts, share where you are on your spiritual journey, ask questions about how to get involved at FPGE, and more. Elders will facilitate your table conversation. Light lunch and Childcare will be provided. Register here today! Questions: contact Cinda Siligmueller.

Adult Ministries Events

God can uniquely work in our lives through relationships. We know everyone craves close, meaningful connection, and we believe in the impact these relationships can have on faith. This spring/summer there are a multitude of events for adults.

Men’s Breakfast

April 27 | 7:30-9am | Parlor

It’s nearly time for our First Pres Spring Men‘s Breakfast. We’ve got a great speaker coming and of course a full hot breakfast and lots of fun and fellowship with other men from our church and the community. Stay tuned for more details in the days ahead. We wanted to make sure you reserved the date in order not to miss this great time of fun and spiritual challenge! Register here today! 

Men's Night Out

Wednesday, June 26

Stay tuned for more information!

Women's Night Out

Wednesday, June 19

Stay tuned for more information.

Events

There are many annual traditions at First Pres,  and we invite you to join us for these events.

Blessing of the Backpacks

August 18, 2024

Students of all ages are invited to come forward during worship and have their backpack or bookbag blessed, and to experience the support of the congregation as they begin a new academic year.

Kane County Cougars Game

Friday, June 7

Come join us for Kane County Cougars Family Night Out on June 7. Stay tuned for more information.

Westminster Preschool

Stay on the lookout for updates and upcoming events.

Academic Calendar

Classes start September 9th 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.

Worship Ministry

We take joy in gathering together to worship the God of the universe. Each worship experience is an opportunity to experience God in a new way.

Worship Schedule

Beginning Sunday April 7
One Worship (10am) | Gym

Spring Sermon Series | Miracles of Jesus

April 7-May 26

Jesus made some audacious claims. In fact, Jesus’ claims about Himself are so bold that a decent number of people who encountered Him thought Him to be categorically Looney Tunes crazy. No one in his right mind could say the sorts of things that Jesus said. And yet, here we are, 2,000 years later with 2.38 billion people around the globe professing faith in Jesus Christ. One of the reasons for believing the claims of Jesus is the miraculous deeds Jesus performed. In this spring sermon series we will examine the nature and purpose of some of Jesus’ miracles, and why they continue to provide us credible reason for faith in Jesus as God’s Messiah and our Savior.

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 AppleGoogleSpotify, or the First Pres wesbite.

Missions

At First Pres, we live our faith through service. We love and serve in response to Christ’s call and the needs around us. Learn more about upcoming opportunities this spring/summer.

My Brother’s Kitchen

Meets once a month

My Brother’s Kitchen meets once a month for Saturday Brunch. They offer meaningful fellowship and serve 100+ meals to the YMEN community in Chicago. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Bonnie and Steve. The next few service opportunities are 4/6, 5/4, 6/1, 7/6, 8/3, 9/7.

PIM Bike Ride

August 3, 2024

Join First Pres and mission partner, Partners in Missions, for a 55-mile bicycle ride beginning at First Pres on Saturday, August 3. We will be raising money for the Kamwenge Secondary & Vocational School in Uganda. Learn more here.

Montana Mission Trip

July 12-20, 2024

Stay tuned for more information.