This is a comprehensive walk through of the Word of God led by Pastor Joe Frank. this group comes together, not only to hear the Word, but to talk through it with each other and they apply it in tangible ways in their lives. It is a great area and opportunity for men to come together and glean from one another which greatly helps in our spiritual growth and these are brothers in Christ who lift one another up.
This group of women is led by Laurie Saul. She has a heart for bringing the truth of God’s Word to women. At this point they are utilizing a study written by Lisa Bevere entitled “Girls With Swords”. And while they are already involved in the study, it is one that is still able to be helpful in your life even if you enter in the middle. This is a wonderful opportunity to come into a group of like minded women and draw close to God.
This very active group is led by Pastor Jodi Spencer whose heart is for those from 7th grade to seniors in high school. Youth meets Sunday mornings before service, Sunday nights from 6-7, and Wednesday evenings from 6-7. While they do fellowship and ministry activities such as visiting those who can’t make it out or may be in the hospital, helping at the Good Shepherd, helping with meals within the church, among other things, they also meet outside of the study and devotional times to do extracurricular activities such as going to Air Extreme (an indoor trampoline “park” in Niles), Kennywood, Ice Skating, camp outs, Lock-Ins, and many other things. As far as youth conventions go they participate in Thirst, which is held in Erie every year, and IYC (International Youth Convention) which is held every 2 years at different points in the nation.
Our Junior church is set up to give kids in the age range from 4-12 an opportunity to hear the gospel message in fun and exciting ways. We use many resources such as videos and crafts, that go along with a Biblical curriculum to reach these kiddos. The teachers are very interactive with the students as they bring the life saving message of Jesus to light. Junior church runs during the worship service, so it gives the kids a chance to understand a message on their level as the parents are able to focus on the message from the pulpit.
Other Ministries & Classes
Hebrews 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
Adult Sunday School
This class is led by Steve Anderton who has a heart for God’s Word and for people. This is a place where there is a great opportunity to fellowship through God’s Word which allows you to prepare your heart for the worship service.
Adult Discipleship Class
This class meets Sunday mornings before service and is going through the curriculum “Growing Strong in God’s Family” which is based on Colossians 2:7. It is a great study to not only learn, which is one aspect of growth, but to draw closer in relationship to Jesus as the curriculum makes us examine ourselves.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 30 then this class may be for you. It is led by Madison French, who has been at First Church since her birth. She has a desire not only to lead young adults in the Word, but also to get together for other times of fellowship outside of normal church hours.
We are blessed to have enough help to be able to have classes for kids of all ages on Sunday mornings, Sunday nights and Wednesday nights! There are a variety of teachings going on for kiddos from infant up to 12 years (or 6th grade). So, please, if you would like to attend any of our classes, bring the kiddos as well!
Prayer Blanket Ministry
The Lord led Sally McCormick to begin this ministry within this congregation. It is found and based on Acts 19:12, “so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out”. We understand that it wasn’t Paul who had the power spoken of here, but the Holy Spirit of God working. So, we anoint, pray over and send blankets to those in need for a variety of reasons, and always Holy Spirit led.
This team has been founded and funded by God. We look to use the funds that He provides us with, through this team, to help provide for many different missionaries, local and abroad, and to support children in lands where they can’t get the supplies needed for their lives.