As a church we seek to “bear each other’s burdens and share each other’s joys.” What better way than by sharing a meal? Festive Feasters is a way for people who worship together to get to know one another on a social level.
In January, people sign up as individuals, couples, pairs, or families and are placed in a Festive Feaster group. The first person or couple in a group hosts the meal for the first month, contacting others to set up a date and time. The host typically prepares the main dish, and others provide salads, vegetables, desserts, etc. Host responsibilities then rotate over the coming months. When the cycle is complete, usually in late spring, the group dissolves. There are no set rules. Groups can meet in many ways. Most hosts invite the group to their home; others might organize a picnic in the park or a meal in a restaurant for a Dutch-treat breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Contact the church office if you want to join a group.
Lunch Bunch gathers at a local restaurant on the first Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m.. It’s a chance to relax and enjoy good food and fellowship. Check the church calendar for the next time and place.
Ministry of the Decorative Scissors
Once a month, crafters of all abilities gather in Andover Hall from Friday morning until Saturday evening to work on new projects, unfinished projects, or simply for fellowship. This event is well-attended with most dropping by for a few hours, though some do stay the whole time! Check the church calendar for upcoming dates.
Mrunch and Other Support for Parents with Young Children
If you are pregnant or have a baby, toddler, preschooler, or elementary school aged child, Mrunch is for you! Parenting young children is hard work....and it's better done with a village. We gather about once a month for a moms-only brunch on Saturday morning (child care available upon request). There is always a topic of the day and we take turns facilitating conversation. From time-to-time we read a book together or plan other social events.
Not a mom but have young kids? We also host playgroups and other adventures that are open to all caregivers of young children. Want to get together with just dads? It's easy to start a new group. Contact the church office for more information about parent support.
Young Adult Group
If you consider yourself to be a young adult and are looking to connect with other young adults in our community, consider joining this monthly gathering. Those with and without children are welcome. The group typically gathers for a potluck in someone's home or out in the community each month. Check the church calendar for upcoming dates or contact David Williams (email or text/call), who coordinates the group.
Our yoga group gathers each Monday at 5:15 p.m. in Andover Hall for an hour of yoga. Make new friends, work your practice, and enjoy laughter. A $5 donation for the teacher is appreciated, though not required. No need to sign up - just drop in.
Women of the Church
All women are welcome to be part of the activity and service of Women of the Church. This organization is a streamlined successor to the “Women’s Fellowship” of old. We have quarterly meetings and other special events such as the Christmas Tea. We still provide some of the traditional ministries of hospitality, such as preparing and serving family dinners for funeral and memorial services at the church, or helping with wedding receptions and showers. Women of the Church also serves dinners for the American Association of University Women as a fundraiser for our organization. We serve the church in a variety of ways, and in all of it we do our best to have fun.
Pastor's Out-of-the-Office Hours
Not a "small group," really, but a weekly drop-in option for connection. Pastor Caela will be at Radina's in Aggieville every Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and you can stop by for a cup of coffee, a quick blessing, or more in-depth conversation. No appointment needed! Sometimes several people stop by at one time and it turns into a great opportunity to meet or catch up with other people in our congregation. It's also a great opportunity to bring a friend and introduce them to Caela and other folks from First Congregational.
From time-to-time, things come up and Caela has to cancel her out-of-the-office hours. It's always a good idea to check our Facebook page on Tuesday morning to make sure she'll be there.