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Small groups are an important part of First Pres. These unique gatherings are geared to help people connect with others over a shared experience or interest and every group is geared towards growing in our love and faith in Christ. Small groups are always fluid and changing and more are being started. If you want more information, would like to join a small group, or have other questions please email Pastor Matt.

 

Alpha Small Group

ALPHA began in 2001 and is an acronym for things we want our small group to be: accountability, learning/laughter, prayer/participation, honesty/humor, action in community. We have individuals and couples who come together to study and share our lives, including joys and concerns. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays during the program year 5:30-7pm. We have done service projects, Bible studies, book discussions, and video-led series; we take turns sharing leadership and bringing dessert.

Becky Mentzer
becky.mentzer@gmail.com

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Amazing Agape Group
This is a group comprised of singles and couples. We meet twice a month on Fridays (varying Fridays) from 6:30pm-8pm at Fred & Ann Lamkey’s home. During this time, we study Christian based DVD’s of various topics of interest.

Ann Lamkey
alamkey@firstpresnormal.org

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Blessings Small Group
We meet on the first and third Monday of the month at 6:30pm in the church lounge.

Carol Kashian: CKashian@yahoo.com
Shirley Redd: reddss@frontier.com

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Freeman Small Group
The Freeman Small Group meets for 3-4 months each fall for a study of some sort. The group meets in the church library on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month during those months.

Bryan & Jo Ann Freeman
Freecarp@Frontier.com

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Jerry Parsons Support Group
This group is comprised of seven people. We have been together for years and have shared many significant moments in each other’s’ lives. We meet the second and fourth Sunday of each month in one of our homes. We spend one hour in fellowship with desserts and one hour in study of something pertaining to faith.

Jerry Parsons
jerparsons@aol.com

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Kelley Small Group
This group focuses on fellowship, fun, discussion of topics that impact us as Christians, and personal caring and sharing. Informal group discussions are usually based on Bible passages and other readings, as well as drawing from our life experiences. Meetings occur on the second Wednesday and fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30-8pm which are rotated among members’ residences along with occasional meetings at the church or out for dinner.

Rob and Gloria Kelley
grc.kelley@gmail.com
(309)532-8859

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Kindred Souls
This is a group for couples. We meet casually once a month on a Sunday at a restaurant. We serve Safe Harbor at least once or twice a year.

Margaret Wolf
wolfland1@comcast.net

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Knit Crochet Ministry
This group of women come together to knit, crochet and to fellowship with one another. This group meets every third Sunday of the month, 9:45am-10:45am in the Chapel downstairs. These ladies also come together to create items of love and comfort, such as prayer shawls, quilts, prayer squares, and baby blankets. Once a year, they host a church-wide sale that benefits an organization of their choice. During the rest of the year, they give items they make to local organizations and non-profits. 

Becky Mentzer
becky.mentzer@gmail.com

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Mom’s Group
We are a group of Mom’s that meet Sunday nights from 5:30pm to 7pm for bible study and fellowship. Our recent studies have centered on books by female Christian authors. We are a very casual group and rotate leadership, although expectations are not very high as we are all busy moms! We also try to be sure to schedule a dinner out periodically. Generally, we meet to share the joys and challenges of being busy moms.

Sheila Melzer
sheila.melzer.cytt@statefarm.com

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Next Chapter
Next Chapter is a women’s small group. We meet the first and third Wednesday of the month at 7pm in member’s homes. This group of women, most of which are recent empty nesters, seek to study the Word, pray for each other’s joys and concerns, and enjoy fellowship with each other. At least twice a year, the group participates in mission outreach opportunities as a way to serve others.

Sabrina Smith
tssmith3104@comcast.net

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Presbyterian Women
PW is a study fellowship group that meets every third Wednesday of the month at 1:30pm in the church library. We participate in a Bible study, prepared for groups like ours through the Presbyterian Women, PC (USA). We fellowship together and discuss a lesson. We celebrate with Christian women around the world in collecting the Least Coin and joining our least coins with others to support women in need.

Ann Eaton
anneaton62@yahoo.com

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Stewardship Adult Christian Education Class
This group meets weekly on Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45am in the library.

Rachel Carpenter
rachel.carpenter@gmail.com

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Summer Sisters
We meet on Wednesdays during the months of June and July (2016), 5-6pm in the church library. Anyone is welcome to join us as we read through study books and fellowship.

Betsy Stout
jbstout@comcast.net

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Thursday Morning Book Group
We have a progressive Christian outlook. We read books and articles and watch DVDs selected by the group, discussing the materials with leadership rotating among members. We meet in the library every Thursday.

Carol Schrantz
Kentdriv@aol.com

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We Care
We visit and sends cards to members who are not able to attend church or participate in church activities. We meet at various times in the month.

Ginny Clarahan
vclarahan@gmail.com

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Young Marrieds Group
Marriage is perhaps the most sacred ministry many of us are called to and one thing is certain, it's not easy! Marriage is filled with up's and down's and all the in-betweens. But what if God designed marriage to be about more than simply two people sharing life together?

This small group is for couples in their 20's or 30's who want to explore together what God's design for marriage is with other couples seeking the same thing. The group is lead by Pastor Matt Wilcox. 

We meet every other Monday, starting September 12, from 6:30-8pm in the Senior High Room.

Matt Wilcox
mwilcox@firstpresnormal.org