Are you up for sharing food and fellowship with new friends? Or how about breaking it down and building it up again in Fitness Boot Camp? Or maybe your thing is joining together with others to grow, learn, and serve others? Check out the following Community Groups. Let us know if you have an idea for a new group! Contact TC Anderson to learn more.
Contact: TC Anderson
Groups of eight people (couples, singles, or a combination) come together four times over the year to share a meal. At the end of year, the groups gather for a meal and celebration. The groups are then shuffled for a new year of fellowship, food, and fun. Sign-ups for the 2018 Breaking Bread groups will be available later in the year.
The Bridge (singles, couples, and parents, 30-50+)
Contact: Kelly Dean
The Bridge has three focuses: spiritual, social, and service. The group meets regularly for fellowship, in gatherings and activities for families and for adults only. Its members also come together Sunday mornings at 9:45 for the Coffee: Grounds for Discussion study group. Often the group takes part in service projects either during Coffee Grounds time or at different times and locations.
Projects include cooking, baking, and/or decorating the First Pres PADS site and serving a variety of outside organizations.
Contacts: Todd Smith and/or Bill Lyon
Join this group to ride bikes for fun and fitness. Bicyclists of all ages and abilities are welcome. Helmets are required. Complete the brief form to express your interest and join our e-mail list. This group requires a waiver for adult and youth participants.
Fantasy Football League
Contact: TC Anderson
Stay tuned for next season!
Fitness Boot Camp
Contact: Fernando Egea
You are invited to take part in a boot-camp-like fitness class each Saturday, 8:30-9:30 am in the First Pres Gym. Taught by church member Fernando Egea, this class will help you get in shape and stay fit. Drop in for this free class! This group requires a waiver for adult and youth participants.
Make It Take It
Contact: Kate McVay
Once a month on a Tuesday evening, at 7:00 pm in the Choir Conference Room, join us to get creative with those around you. Each month we will make something new to take home or give as a gift. The cost of this small group changes monthly for the materials needed. Watch for new project dates.
Contact: Larry Hayes
Current Activity: Movie night, meditation, and discussion
Cost: free-will offering
Time & Location: 7:00-10:00 pm / Tuesday, August 8, in the Chapel
The Meditation group is planning a movie night! Join them for the movie, "The Shift," by Dr. Wayne Dyer, followed by meditation and discussion. Popcorn will be provided, but please bring your own drink.
The Meditation group typically meets on the second Tuesday of each month (typically in the Chapel), and seeks to experience a variety of meditation techniques, with the goal for each participant to find the most personally fulfilling practice. The cost differs each month, per class.
Pathways (singles, couples, and parents, 20s & 30s)
Contact: Courtney Childs
There are many pathways in life as we grow in relationships with each other and God. Pathways at First Presbyterian is a social and service group for both families and individuals. Most of us are in our late 20s and 30s, but all are welcome. Here is a sampling of our monthly activities: Summer BBQ, a day at the race track, fall chili night, Christmas party, making cards for hospitalized church members, potluck dinner, off-site volunteer events, dinner at a local restaurant, and taking part in the First Pres Service Day. Some events are for adults only and some include the kids.
Presbyterian Women (PW) offers growth and friendship through daytime and evening circles to study and grow in faith and community. Circles meet monthly on the third Wednesday during the day, and one meets in the evenings on the third Tuesday of each month. “Gatherings” are held for special programs, and there are many opportunities to support the local and international missions. All women of the church are members, and are welcome anytime. To join a circle, contact the church office.
Contact: Deb Artman (or text/call: 224-688- 1783)
Time and Location: Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00-6:45 pm
The Walking group meets in the church parking lot (by the main doors) and then walks around Arlington Heights for 30 to 40 minutes, trying to get in 5,000 or more steps. Walking gives the members of this group time to get to know one another and to catch up on our busy lives. Note: The timing for this group is fluid—sometimes beginning at 5:30, sometimes 6:00, and occasionally altering the schedule. Maintain contact with Deb Artman for planning purposes. This group requires a waiver for adult and youth participants.
More Groups for Fun and Fellowship
Contact: church office
Get involved in Just Friends (singles, 50+); Trendsetters (50+); Prime Time Live (PTL) (50s, 60s, & 70s); or the Golf League!
Contact the church office for more information at or 847-255- 5900.