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.  

Classes

We offer an array classes for adults, children, and youth.  Most are meeting virtually at this point, but some are transitioning back to in-person or hybrid meetings. 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 7:00 p.m. | Zoom | Ongoing
Join Pastor Zac as he continues his weekly Agape Bible Study covering the series From the Beloved. 
Email Zac zac@fpclakeland.org for more information.

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

Care Share Grow Class (all ages) – Beginning Sept. 23
David, the Flawed but Fabulous
Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. | Zoom | Ongoing
Join us to study, care, and pray! We’ll watch videos by Andy Stanley on Right Now Media and have worksheets for life application. Please contact Terry Frost at 863-660-6339 for more information.

Gospel of Mark Class (all ages)
Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. | Zoom | Ongoing
Reconvening October 14

Join Dr. Paul Suich as he leads a study on the gospel of Mark.
Email Dr. Suich psuich@fpclakeland.org or sandie@fpclakeland.org 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 susanelizabethstone@yahoo.com 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 bmorgan@fpclakeland.org for more information.

Praise Class – “The Time is Now” by Joan Chittister (all ages)
Sunday at 10:15 a.m. | Zoom. | Ongoing
Explore Joan Chittister’s book “The Time is Now.”
Email Harry Pettit harrypettit@mac.com for more information.

Presbyterian Women “Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament” (women)
Monday 10 a.m. | Zoom | Sept. 14 – Nov. 23, every other Monday
Contact Joyce Barclay, PW Moderator, joyce.barclay76@gmail.com or 863-660-7314 for more information.

Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering | Monday, November 2 | 10:30 a.m. – noon 
All women of the church are invited to attend either in person or Zoom. Contact Joyce Barclay at joyce.barclay76@gmail.com for details.

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 evelyn.mcm23@gmail.com for more information.

Learn more about Children’s Ministry Classes.

Groups

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 sms0331@msn.com 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.

Care Notes

Booklets offering pastoral insight and inspiration are placed in convenient and visible locations around the church building. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, contact Marge Boyer or the church office (863.686.1787).

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, joyce.barclay76@gmail.com for information on joining the Zoom. 

October 20 – The Henna Artist: A Novel by Alka Joshi
November 17 – The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd 
December 15 – The Last Flight by Julie Clark

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 jimhamer50@gmail.com 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 cbefus@fpclakeland.org 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
(On-hold 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.