FAITH FORMATION  and YOUTH

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Jesus welcomed children and we do too! 

Click on the button below to for more information on children's worship, Sunday School and Music programs.

YOUTH MINISTRY

Youth Ministry at First Church is an important part of our Faith Formation Ministry. Children in the 6th - 12th grade are encouraged to attend weekly Youth Class and are also invited to monthly Youth Group events. Click on the button below for more information regarding our programs. 

ADULT EDUCATION

Adult Education is held on Sundays at 11am and on Wednesdays at 6:45pm during the academic year. Thank you to everyone who participated in the programs this past year.  Look for a new  Adult Education calendar this August.  

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS:

many ways to BE THE CHURCH

SOCIAL & FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

God designed the Church to be a fellowship—not just a community, but a family of brothers and sisters who share God’s ideals and beliefs (Ephesians 2:19-22). 


Each week, we gather together both to hear the Word of God and to strengthen each other through fellowship. 


We gather together for music. We gather together for food. We gather to listen, to laugh and to enjoy learning more about one another, our church, our community and our world. 


Whatever interests you - you are welcome here!

MUSIC MINISTRY

Music at First Church is an extraordinary offering and in abundance. It is an important aspect of each worship service and important to the life of the congregation. From classical organ to jazz - from children's choir to vocal soloists - there is something for everyone. First Church frequently welcomes musical groups from Oberlin, as well as, many other communities. Quarterly Music at the Meeting House concerts are held for the public, in addition to concerts and fundraisers for local organizations. Oberlin College Conservatory students hold recitals and grasciously combine their musical talents with our members in the Finney Choir and the Celebration Bells.   

 

CLICK BELOW to hear special recordings from Gerwin Hoekstra, organist. Thank you to Gerwin for his musical talents that he shared with First Church and best wishes to him on his future endeavors. 

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL & CHURCH COMMITTEES 

The Executive Council has the responsibility of articulating and advancing the mission of the Church. The Council is accountable to the Congregation and draws upon the resources of the Congregation in fulfilling its responsibilities. The Council is aided by the Church’s staff as well as by the Standing Committees. The Standing Committees are responsible for overseeing the operations of the church.  



CARING MINISTRIES 

First Church offers a variety of ways to share your time and talets caring for others. 


Prayerful Stitchers meets monthly for knitting, crocheting, sewing and conversation. This group of women recently made 200+ pocket prayer shawls for members and friends of First Church. 


The Called to Care Ministry is available for anyone in a time of need. Whether you need help with transportation or meals due to an illness or family emergency, a team of First Church members can respond.


Other examples of ways to care for our neighbors are IHN hosting, youth mission trips, Day of Service events and other planned service opportunities. 


For more informtion regarding ways to get involed with a Caring Ministry, please contact the church office.


Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” - Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)

BOOK GROUP

Book Group meets each Tuesday at First Church at 4pm in Room 3. Anyone is welcome to come to book group and join the lively discussion centered around the current book, or topic. The group is led by Marci Peterson and usually hs 10-12 people attending each week. Information regarding current books that are being read and upcoming books will be posted here. Check back often!

INTEREST GROUPS 

Are you interested in learning more about the history of First Church? Would you like to help plan our 175th anniversary celebration? First Church History Project meets each month for conversation and planning. This group is led by Laurel Price Jones and all are welcome. 


If climate change and recycling are topics more appealing to you, First Church also has a Green Team that meets regularly to discuss ways our church can be more sustainable and environmentally friendly. This group is led by Martin Buck and Eugene Matthews. 


If you are intersted in either of these small groups, please contact the church office.