First Church offers many opportunities to participate in groups that build and grow our community. Many of our members and friends come together around a topic of study, a prayer practice, or a process of spiritual formation.
Groups by Age / Life Stage
Friends at First – A group of active adults, who are retired, semi-retired, volunteering, traveling, and/or taking care of grandchildren! This group has toured the Dawes Mansion and the Botanic Gardens and enjoyed musical concerts. The fun is extended with food and conversation. Contact Chris Webler at email@example.com.
Couples Salon – A mix of couples around middle age who share their lives and potluck Saturday dinners four or five times a year. The group meets that the home of a member who provides the main course (often assisted by co-hosts). New couples are always welcome! Contact Susan Prout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee, Conversation, and Friends – This group gathers for coffee, breakfast, and informal conversation on a wide range of topics: books, the news, restaurants, grandchildren, places to visit . . . No matter what’s on the table, we are all ears. Come join the conversation at 10:00 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at the Golden Olympic Café. Contact Susan Henderson at email@example.com or Pam Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groups by Interest
Fighting Methodists Softball Team – Batter up! Players needed to represent First Church in the Evanston coed recreational “mushball” league each spring and summer. This is a team of fun-loving adults; all ability levels are welcome. Watch for signup info info in the spring.
First Flicks – Movie lovers meet the second Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in Glenna Hall to discuss and share reactions about a current (or sometimes not-so-current) movie. People of all ages are welcome. Come as you are and come as you can. Contact Donna Ryan at email@example.com.
First Hands – Adults of all ages gather each month for fellowship with a purpose! This group has fun together while helping with a service project. We have packed diapers for Bundled Blessings, bagged food for Feed My Starving Children, picked up litter for Arbor Day, and staffed a water station for the Race Against Hate. Contact Leah Holzwarth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Feet – This walking group of all paces meets every Saturday at the corner of Hinman and Church for an hour walk on the lakefront – usually followed by coffee at Peet’s. Come walk with us! Contact Susan Prout at email@example.com.
Men’s Group – Men of various ages gather for breakfast on the second Thursday each month for informal conversation and fellowship. Contact David D’Arcy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ed Webler at email@example.com.
Limitless – This group of adults enjoys bowling nights, beach picnics, going to the movies, and more. The age range and life stage criteria is “limitless.” All ages, singles, and couples welcome. Please contact Stephanie & Matt Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Turntable for 8 – This revolving group of adults enjoys dinner with groups of eight or less. Singles or couples of all ages are encouraged to participate as their schedules allow. Contact Greta Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Single or Solo – Adults who are single (or solo for the day) and still young at heart enjoy outings with a cultural focus. Past activities have included the Halim Glass and Time Museum, Ravinia, and a Memorial Day Brunch. Let’s enjoy culture together! Contact Marion Clemens at email@example.com.
Rainbow Connection – People who identify with the LGBTQIA+ Community are invited to join Rainbow Connection. This group is multi-generational, multi-racial, and members have vast religious backgrounds and familial structures. There’s a place for you here! Social events are held quarterly. Educational opportunities are provided periodically. Please contact Michael Bergmann at firstname.lastname@example.org or S.E. Brick at email@example.com.
Mom’s Night Out – Gather with moms of any age for snacks and socializing. Come as you are after work, the gym, or gardening to connect with moms from First Church. Contact Linda Federer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The First Church community gathers on Sunday mornings after worship for fellowship, an opportunity to get some coffee and a bite to eat, catch up with old friends, and meet new ones.
Retreats, day trips, and outings are another element of our community life together and offer a chance to relax our minds and bodies and restore our spirits. Every fall, First Church women participate on an overnight women’s retreat, typically in a natural setting an hour away. The church offers occasional day trips and field trips, e.g,. to a museum or theatrical performance downtown. Family Camp is another retreat of sorts – a chance for First Church families to spend a weekend in early August on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.
Our Fighting Methodist softball team is another fellowship opportunity—both for the players and the fans. This coed team plays in the Evanston summer recreation league from April to July, usually weekly.