ADULT FAITH FORMATION

Never Stop Growing. That's our motto for adult faith formation. Faith should be dynamic and transforming, not stagnant and lifeless. So we seek fresh ways to know God and one another by sharing, learning, and serving together.

Sunday Morning Intergen Faith Formation begins on Sept. 12
We’re trying something new this fall. Starting on Sunday, Sept.12, we’ll gather at 9 a.m. in Fellowship Hall for an intergenerational faith formation experience called Follow Me. We’ll begin with people of all generations together for an opening activity lasting about 15-20 minutes. Then, we’ll split into five age groups: Pre-Kindergarten; Lower Elementary; Upper Elementary; Tweens/Middle School; and Adults and Youth.
 

Each Sunday will have its own theme and all of the content will be connected to it—so that no matter what age you are, we’re all learning about the same thing. 
 

Watch this video created by Rev. Ryan Wallace for an explanation of our new format and the reasons behind it.
 

If you want to learn more about our new curriculum, you can read about it on the PC(USA) website or watch a short introductory video.

 

Theology on Tap:

Gather over some food and a craft beer, soda, or glass of wine for some causal conversation about “practical theology”—what our faith has to do with how we live our daily lives. We gather once a month from 4-5:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons at O’Toole’s in Libertyville. 

Sign up to receive monthly updates about upcoming gatherings, discussion topics, and some digital resources on the topics.

 

F.I.D.E

FIDE (Faith and Illumination in a Digital Environment) is a collective of six PC(USA) churches across the Chicagoland area committed to sharing resources and opportunities for adult faith formation. Through FIDE, our First Pres community has the opportunity to join online faith formation classes hosted by our partner churches. And for special church seasons, pastors from FIDE churches typically team-teach classes together. Click here to see upcoming FIDE opportunities.

 

 

 

Small Groups and Bible Studies

Women’s Disciple Bible Study

Thursdays (weekly)
9-11a.m. in the Conference Room
Contact: Jan Ellen Shawgo 
 

Men’s Bible Study: At the Table 

Every other Tuesday
6:30-7:30 a.m. at the Liberty Restaurant

Contact: Andy Danckers (Please call the church office 847-362-2174 for contact information)

Join us every other Tuesday morning for prayer, Bible study, fellowship and breakfast as we explore how our Christian faith and scripture empower our response to the challenges and issues of the day. Come as often as you are able.


Everything goes better with bacon: bacon burgers; bacon macaroni and cheese, bacon pizza. How does this observation fit with the call for Bible study, prayer, service and fellowship in building an unshakeable faith?  Bacon and Bible is a wonderful way to start the day.

 

Very early on alternate Tuesday mornings, a group of hearty men discuss God’s involvement in our lives over heaping platters of crispy bacon, eggs, omelets, syrup-smothered pancakes and steaming bowls of oatmeal.

 

We choose a Psalm to explore. Why was it written? What is the point God is making? How can God’s message guide day-to-day life? Prayer for each participant’s concerns, challenges and joys focuses our hearts on God’s care for us.

 

Each lesson stands alone and no pre-reading is needed.

 

We meet for 60 minutes, finishing in time to catch the 7:54 Metra. Please come as your schedule permits. There is always a seat At the Table for you!

 

Men’s Sounding Board 

2nd & 4th Saturdays, 7:30 am to 9:00 a.m. on Zoom

Join us for breakfast, study, conversation, and prayer as we explore passages of scripture, passages of life, contemporary issues, and literature for men. There is no homework, and the leadership rotates among participants.

Our goals are fellowship, and to learn and grow in our Christian faith. 

For inspiration we typically rely on a book selection and cover a chapter per session with discussion leadership rotating among members. If this sounds like something you might enjoy, we’d welcome having you join our conversation and fellowship. Contact David Heusinkveld

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Wednesdays from 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. on Zoom
Led by Rev. Barb Peters

Start your Wednesday out with a vibrant bible study led by the  Rev. Barb Peters. 


Resources

Library

The church library is a valuable resource for books and other materials used in our adult and children’s faith formation  programs. Drop by anytime the building is open and take a look at the wide range of offerings. Small groups may reserve the library for meetings through the church office.  The library is open to suggestions for books on specific topics, or by particular authors. (read more)

Spirituality  Room 210

The Spirituality Room, located on 2nd floor of the Faith Formation Wing in Room 210, is open for individual use whenever the doors of the church are open. Small groups are encouraged to schedule the use of the room through the church office.