First Christian is a place where it is safe to explore the big questions of faith, find hope in the foundational stories and teachings of the Bible, engage in sacred conversations, and learn how to be followers of the Way of Christ in our everyday lives.   Our small group ministry offers many opportunities to deepen your faith while also strengthening the bonds of community and friendship. Joining a small group is a commitment to growing your faith through time spent with others who are on that same journey.  These small groups are also a great place to invite new people who you feel might be enriched by being part of the “First Christian experience.”

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP Join regularly with the men of our congregation and get to know each other as brothers in Christ,  building community and exploring faith. This is an informal group, meeting at 6:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Bandana’s. Guys of all ages are welcome. Led by Jason Park.

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP Join regularly with the women of our congregation for fellowship, provocative conversation, and a focus on the life of faith. One group meets on the 1st Tuesday monthly at 6pm. The other group meets on the 4th Tuesday monthly at 7pm. Contact Donna Beaderstadt or Barb Edwards for more information.

COFFEE & CONVERSATION Join us at Panera Bread each Tuesday morning from 9:00-10:15 for study of interesting texts on biblical and faith-based themes. Starting Sept. 12 we’ll begin exploring the text “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.” Author & priest Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life, showing that those who have fallen, failed, or “gone down” are the only ones who understand “up.

SACRED TABLE Imagine a small group where participants meet around a welcoming table to eat healthy food and contemplate how our physical well-being is tied to our spiritual well-being. This is “The Sacred Table,” a gathering on the 1st Thursday of each month at 6 pm at the church for a potluck meal. Participants are invited to bring one healthy dish to share, along with copies of the recipe for others. Vegetarians, vegans and “regular” eaters are all welcome.

BOOK GROUP Join this group on Sunday mornings at 9:30 at the church beginning Oct.1 as we consider how to read scripture and interpret the Christian faith through a lens that welcomes and affirms our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. The discussion will center on a study of the text “God & the Gay Christian” by Matthew Vines, a young evangelical writer who holds a high view of scripture and a deep conviction that the church needs to welcome and affirm all.  Led by Pastor Brian & Patrick Hall.

CRAFTING GROUP This group will gather to make craft projects for children in YWCA programs, and possibly for sale at the October craft fair. Sewing machines and users would be helpful, but no machine or experience is necessary.  Knitters and other crafters are invited to join us and work on their own projects. This group will meet Mondays 10-Noon starting Sept. 18.  Contact Karen Lewis ( for more information.

CHOIR Share your gifts for music with our choir by singing regularly in our Sunday morning worship.  Our choir meets for rehearsal on Thursdays, 7-8 pm, August through May.

BREWS & VIEWS Meeting weekly in October on Tuesday at 7 pm for stimulating conversation around politics, faith, art, history, theology and other topics. For location and more information, see here.

PARENTING CLASS Participate in this weekly Sunday morning gathering of parents, sharing the joys and challenges of raising children of faith in today’s world.  This class meets on the 2nd floor at 9:30 A.M.

DISCOVERY CLASS This multi-age group meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM at the church for wide-ranging discussions of theology and study of the scripture text that is the focus of the morning’s sermon.

For more information or to join a small group, please contact the church office at 816-233-2556 or at

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