One of the foundational building blocks of a congregation is the sense of community. Community is built with relationships formed through shared experiences, common interests and goals, and care for each other. Our fellowship groups, which gather quarterly, monthly, or more often, provide opportunities to nurture longtime friendships and form new ones.
Coffee, Conversation, and Friends
This group of senior women meets on the second and fourth Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 am for informal conversations on a wide variety of topics: books, the news, restaurants, grandchildren, and places to visit. Come join the conversation and make some new friends.
A mix of couples around middle age gather four or five times a year to share their lives and potluck Saturday dinners, usually in homes. New couples are always welcome!
Fighting Methodists Softball Team
A team of caring, fun-loving adults representing First Church in the Evanston co-ed recreational “mushball” league each June and July. All ability levels welcome. Resuming 2023.
First Feet Walking Group
This walking group of all paces meets every Saturday morning at 9:00 am at the corner of Church and Hinman for an hour walk on the lakefront followed by coffee at Peet’s for those interested. Come along for the walk and conversation.
A monthly movie discussion group that generally meets on Friday evenings. Group members select a movie, view it during the month, and then gather to reflect on the film. On hiatus until 2023.
Adults of all ages gather periodically for fellowship with a purpose! This group has fun together while engaging in service projects. We have packed diapers for Bundled Blessings, bagged food for Feed My Starving Children, picked up litter for Arbor Day, and staffed a water station for the Race Against Hate. Come when you can!
Friends at First
A group of active adults who are retired or semiretired, volunteering, traveling, and/or taking care of grandchildren! Friends at First gathers four or five times each year, often for cultural outings followed by dinner together. New particpants always welcome.
All ages/stages, singles, couples, and families are welcome to this group that gathers for bowling, bonfires, apple picking, brunch, fellowship, and more. Limitless members meet online monthly (Thursdays at 7:00pm) for trivia, Scattergories, Codenames, and other games.
This group meets via Zoom at 8:00 am on the first and third Thursday of each month except in June, July, and August), when the group gathers only on the first Thursday.
Mom’s Night Out
Moms of all ages gather for snacks and socializing. Come as you are after work, the gym, gardening, or schlepping kids to connect with others from First Church.
On the Same Page Book Group
This book club reads mostly fiction chosen from the group members’ recommendations. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in a host’s home for light-hearted discussion over drinks and snacks. All are welcome. Join us for one book that catches your interest you’re or attend regularly. On hiatus until 2023.
Single or Solo
Adults in their 50’s and 60’s who are single (or solo for the day) and young at heart enjoy outings with a cultural focus. We alternate between meals hosted by a church member or going out to enjoy dinner or music. Past activities have included a French-themed brunch followed by a Northwestern concert, a Christmas potluck dinner at a church member’s home, a Girls Night Out appetizer evening hosted by a member, and outings to early bird dinners at Evanston restaurants. Let’s enjoy culture and good food together!
People who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ Community are welcome. This group is multi-generational, multi-racial, and members have varied religious backgrounds and familial structures. There’s a place for you here! Resuming in 2023.