Groups and Classes

Groups and Classes

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 small groups in which you can meet people and share your lives over similar interests.  We offer Bible study classes, mission groups, meal groups, and special interest groups.

Bible Study Classes

Typically, we offer an array of Sunday School Bible Study classes for adults, children and youth. 

New Online Small Groups Beginning Soon

As we have tried to figure out the best way to keep people connected during a time of social distancing, we have had a lot of success with the virtual meetings listed below. But we know there may be more who would like to participate. If you would like to be part of one of our new ONLINE small groups – click HERE.

Virtual Sunday Classes

Classes available on ZOOM

PLEASE NOTE:  For security reasons, we have made some changes to how we will conduct Zoom meetings. Please email the meeting’s contact person for the Zoom ID and password. When you sign in you will be placed in a waiting room until the host admits you, please make sure you have your full name displayed in your profile so the host will know who you are.

 9:30 a.m. – Person of Jesus Sunday school class – an intergenerational, interactive and inspirational. Email bmorgan@fpclakeland.org for Zoom meeting information.

10:15 a.m. – The Praise Class – a new study based on Walter Brueggemann’s timely new book, “Virus as a Summons to Faith.” Please email harrypettit@mac.com for additional information.

The Agape class – typically, class meets in Room A and is taught by Pastor Zac McGowen. Currently, we are offering an online lesson each week at the YouTube channel below and a ZOOM meeting each Monday at 7:00 p.m. For the meeting ID and password please email Pastor Zac at zac@fpclakeland.org. Even if you have been in the discussion group before, we need you to request the information as the ID and password have changed. When you sign in you will be placed in a waiting room until the host admits you, please make sure you have your full name displayed in your profile so the host will know who you are.

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

Virtual Weekly Classes

PLEASE NOTE:  For security reasons, we have made some changes to how we will conduct Zoom meetings. Please email the meeting’s contact person for the Zoom ID and password. When you sign in you will be placed in a waiting room until the host admits you, please make sure you have your full name displayed in your profile so the host will know who you are.

The Gospel of Mark – Mondays 1:30 p.m. – Contact Dr. Paul Suich at psuich@fpclakeland.org or sandie@fpclakeland.org for more information and meeting ID and password.

Community Bible Reading Group for Students and Parents – Mondays 2:00 p.m. Email Brian bmorgan@fpclakeland.org or Anna aburns@fpclakeland.org for meeting information.

Middle and High School Girls Group – Tuesday 2:00 p.m. in the Youth Hall. Email Anna aburns@fpclakeland.org for meeting information.

College and Young Adult Group – Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday night at 7pm. For college students or young adults between the age of 18-30. Enjoy real conversations, with real people, facing real life, who need a real God! Email Tim tim@fpclakeland.org for meeting information.

Surrender Student Ministry – Wednesdays 6:00-7:15 p.m. Ben Stuart’s message “How Will We Make It?” Email Brian bmorgan@fpclakeland.org or Anna aburns@fpclakeland.org for meeting information.

Shine On – Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. A Bible study group including older teens and adults with disabilities welcomes YOU to sing and pray and study the Bible together by Zoom. E-mail Evelyn McMullen: evelyn.mcm23@gmail.com for meeting information.

Care, Share, Grow – Wednesdays 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. This class is a Zoom video unit based on Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Come join us as we learn to “count it all JOY,” even in dark times. The class will be taught by Jennie Allen, an enthusiast for giving God control of our thought-lives. For more information, including the zoom ID and password, contact facilitator Terry Frost at 863-660-6339. All are welcome.

“Social Solidarity and Physical Distancing: How are you Affected?” – Wednesdays at 4 p.m. This gathering will talk about the impact of social distancing and is sponsored by OAM and St Andrew Ministry. Email Sandie Sandie@fpclakeland.org for meeting information.

Mission & Special Interest 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. If you would like to participate in this ministry please contact M.J. Mitchell through the church office 863.686.7187.

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.

Wednesday Night Serve Teams

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.

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.

Hearing Assistance

Devices for worship services are provided in the Sanctuary.  Inoperable devices are replaced with new units. Volunteers are needed to help with this vital service provided to our hearing impaired.  If interested, please contact Bob Reed through the church office at 863.686.7187.

Pageturners Book Club

This group meets on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss recommended books. For more information contact Joyce joyce.barclay76@gmail.com.

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.

Pedal Power

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.