Groups & Gatherings
There is always something happening at First Presbyterian Church.....there is a variety of opportunities to serve, grow, be nurtured, create relationships and connect with others.
Whether you are a member, friend of the congregation, or a visitor, we invite you to participate in congregational life, spiritual formation, and other activites at First Presbyterian Church.
"Monday Feast" Scripture Exploration
Mondays at 10:00am in the Fireside Room (Upper Level), dig into the layers of meaning in scripture from the week’s lectionary readings. Contact Dan Mundt, Jr. for more information.
Spiritual Nurture Group
Tuesdays (Sept-May) at 10:00am in the WellSpring Room (Lower Level across from the kitchen).
Midweek Centering Worship
& Contemplative Prayer
Wednesdays (Sept -May) in the Wellspring Room (lower level across from the kitchen). Take a few minutes in the middle of your week to reconnect with God and slow down:
- CENTERING PRAYER: 12:00(noon) -12:30pm
Centering Prayer is a form of meditative or contemplative prayer that involves silently sitting with the intent to let go of our distracting thoughts and return our focus to God, consenting to God's transforming work on our heart, mind and spirit. No problem if you've never done anything like this before --we will welcome and guide you. Please contact Sara Gannon if you have questions. (Begins Sept. 5th)
- CENTERING WORSHIP: 6:15pm - 6:30pm
All ages are invited to gather in the Wellspring Room on Wednesday evenings for 15 minutes to RE-center our attention on God with simple singing, a reflection and prayer.
Visit our Music Ministry page to explore options for getting involved in various musicl offerings here at First Presbyterian Church, such as joining the Choir or our Handbell Choir.
Wednesday Night Dinners
Join us on Wednesday evenings during the school year (see calendar for updates)
Dinner is served downstairs in Fellowship Hall between 5:30-6:15pm.
$5 Adults (12 yrs and older). Children eat FREE! College Students eat FREE!
Want to know what's for Dinner?
Be sure to check out the Wednesday Night Dinner Menu
Vacation Bible School &
Nature Workshop (Summer)
At First Presbyterian Church we have our own variation of "Vacation Bible School." Each summer we host a week full of nature and spirituality exploration for ALL AGES! (kids, teens and adults) We try to be outdoors as much as weather will allow. It’s all about reconnecting - connecting to God, connecting to the earth and connecting to others. Come be spiritually nurtured through nature!
Learn more about our VBS / Intergenerational Nature Workshop and view photos from our recent workshops.
Saturdays at 5:00pm in the Fireside Room (upper level)
We invite you to come experience worship, community, and thoughtful discussion around how to live faithfully in ordinary life. All are Welcome!
Despite the name, we do not come barefoot. Rather, the name for this ministry group and its mission, is derived from Brandon Hatmaker and his reference to going out into the world and being a barefooted church. When Brandon was visiting another church, the pastor invited all who were willing, to leave their shoes at the communion table when they came forward so that they could be donated to those in need.
Summer Spiritual Formation Opportunities:
This one-of-a-kind program offers a multitude of learning, worship, and personal enrichment opportunities for all ages. Synod School is a midsummer ministry of the Synod of Lakes & Prairies that is held each July at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA.
It is a place where you…
…learn something new
…experience hospitality and grace
…stretch your mind and your faith
…leave spiritually and personally renewed!
Many attendees consider it to be the best week of the summer.
Every year we have several pariticpants from First Presbyterian Church, including some who lead classes and activities.
Visit the Synod School Website for more information, course descriptions, fee schedule, housing information and more.
**Mark your calendars**
2019 Synod School
July 21st-July 26th
Camp Opportunities for all Ages!
Presbyterian Clearwater Forest is a beautiful camp and retreat on Clearwater Lake in central Minnesota that has been changing lives in God’s woods and waters since 1954. Presbyterian Clearwater Forest is a shared camp and retreat ministry of the Presbyteries of the Twin Cities Area, Minnesota Valleys, Northern Waters, Northern Plains and the Synod of Lakes & Prairies.
Visit the Clearwater Forest Website for more information about:
- Youth Summer Camps (Elementary, Middle School, and High School)
- Summer Family Camp & Grands Camp
- Non-summer Youth Retreats
- Women's Retreats
- Spiritual Renewal Events
- Camp Employment