Classes and Groups

Classes and Groups

At First Presbyterian Church, we believe that a big part of being in a community of faith  is making connections. To that end, we offer several classes and groups in which you can meet people and share your lives over similar interests.  


We offer an array of classes for adults, children, and youth.  Most are meeting virtually, and some are a hybrid of in person and online. For security reasons, classes available on Zoom require a meeting ID and password. The class contact can provide you that information.

Agape Class – To Consider and Praise (all ages)
Monday at 6:00 p.m. | Zoom | Ongoing
Pastor Zac posts a Bible study lesson each week on FPC Lakeland’s YouTube page, with a Zoom discussion on Mondays at 6 pm for those who want to dig deeper. Currently, Pastor Zac is journeying through the Psalms.
Email Pastor Zac for more information.

For an archive of past lessons click here for audio only.

Care Share Grow Class (all ages)
Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. | Hybrid | Ongoing
Be part of studying and sharing ideas about the churchwide Bible reading plan. For more information, call Terry Frost at 863-660-6339.

Gospel of Mark Class (all ages)
Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. | Zoom | Ongoing
Join Dr. Paul Suich as he leads a study on the gospel of Mark.
Email Dr. Suich or for more information.

Grace Class (women of all ages)
Sunday 9:15-10:15 a.m. | The Parlor | Ongoing
Each Sunday we discuss the week’s reading from the ESV Daily Devotional New Testament and share insight God has revealed through his Word.
Email Susie for more information.

Person of Jesus Class (all ages)
Sunday at 9:15 a.m. | Hybrid (In Person AND Zoom) | Ongoing
Youth Hall
Focus on the wonder of Jesus in a fun, discussion-based format.
Email Brian for more information.

Praise Class – From Widows to Warriors – Women’s Stories from the Old Testament by Lynn Japinga (all ages)
Sunday at 10:15 a.m. | Zoom | Ongoing | Beginning March 28, 2021
Join us as we work through Lynn Japinga’s six-session study guide. Email Harry Pettit or Eileen Stone for more information.

Shine On Class (teens and adults with disabilities)
Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. | Zoom | Ongoing
Join older teens and adults with disabilities to sing, pray, and study the Bible together.
E-mail Evelyn McMullen for more information.

Boundaries Support Group
Mondays | Zoom | 4 pm

Led by Parish Counselor Dr. Paul Suich, this group has started a study using the book “Boundaries” by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. For more information or to receive a copy of the workbook that is being used, please contact Dr. Suich at

Learn more about Children’s Ministry Classes.


Bag Ladies 

This group of volunteers clean, decorate and distribute suitcases to foster children through Heartland for Children. The suitcases give the foster children something of their own to take from place to place and are deeply appreciated. Please email Susan Sheridan at for more information.

Blood Drives

Blood Drives are held throughout the year.  Volunteers help with registration. If you would like to serve, please contact Rita Drake.

Cooks Care

The Cooks Care Team prepares meals in our kitchen that are then frozen for families in the church who are ill, have been in the hospital or have a new baby and are in need of a home cooked meal. To participate in this ministry, contact Connie Befus  at 863.686.7187.

Fine Arts 

Fine Arts volunteers serve as a family of believers bringing glory to God through music and motion. If you or your children are interested in: choir, handbells, drama, dance, or if you are a musician, please contact Director of Fine Arts Ministry, Dan Gordon at 863.686.7187 ext. 239.

Flower Power

The Flower Power Team arrange and distribute flowers (left after funerals or other events) either throughout the church to beautify the church or to take to nursing homes. Contact Connie Befus at 863.686.7187 if you are interested in serving in this ministry.

Online Small Groups

If you would like to be part of one of our ONLINE small groups – click HERE.

Pageturners Book Club

In-person (the Parlor) or Zoom
Third Tuesday of each month
10-11 a.m.

All are welcome to join these lively discussions around the monthly book selections. Contact Joyce Barclay, for information on joining the Zoom.

Pedal Power

Pedal Power takes donated bike and scooters and refurbishes them to give to individuals in the community who need transportation.

Praying Pruners

This is a group of dedicated members who keep the landscaping at the church looking good. This group meets Wednesday morning from 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Please contact Jim Hamer at if you would like to join or if you have any questions.

Prayer Ministry 

We are a congregation of prayer warriors.  We send out immediate prayer requests through an e-mail prayer chain periodically. If you would like to be included on the e-mail prayer chain, please contact Connie ext.230.

This ministry repairs and donates bicycles to children and adults who otherwise would not be able to afford one. This groups meets the third Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. to work on bikes. Volunteers are needed and always welcome. Contact Ted Hogan.

Prayer Shawls

Women in our church are knitting and crocheting prayer shawls to be given to people who are going through a difficult situation in their lives. The recipient is prayed for as the shawl is made. When the person wraps the shawl around themselves they will feel comforted, loved and encouraged. This is a way for us to witness that prayer makes a difference. If you would like to take part in this ministry please contact Betsy Agey, Milly Lenhart or Marilyn Leonard.

Visitation Teams

Whether early in the morning prior to surgery or during rehabilitation in Nursing Homes, our team is ready to visit. If you would like more information about becoming part of the visitation team please contact Connie Befus at 863.686.7187.

Wednesday Night Serve Teams
(Paused until Wednesday night activities resume)

Our Wednesday night dinners are served by a rotating team of volunteers.  We start at 4:45pm with clean up finishing by 6:00 p.m. If you would like to help serve or coordinate the serving teams, please contact Rita Drake.