Small groups

As Disciples of Christ, we hold the centrality of scripture, recognizing that each person has the freedom – and the responsibility – to study God’s Word within the community of the church.  At First Christian Church we have two adult classes that have been meeting for decades, and several groups that have been meeting for a few short years or months. 

Additionally, throughout the year, short term studies that address topics of interest during a liturgical season (e.g. Lenten or Advent) or topics that address current cultural and spiritual subjects are offered.  Past studies have discussed books significant to the history, identity and mission statement of the Disciples of Christ and First Christian Church.  Watch the homepage and Events page for new opportunities. If you have an idea for a study, contact the church office at  309.829.9327.

The Journey

Advent 2021 Small Group Study is a book/video study, “The Journey,” by Adam Hamilton, a United Methodist pastor from the Kansas City area. One of the more interesting aspects of the videos is that they feature scenes from one of Hamilton’s visits to the Holy Lands in which he visited areas that are featured in the story of Jesus’s birth. These videos will give you a glimpse into the places that we talk about every year at Advent and Christmas.  All of our church’s existing small groups will utilize The Journey book and videos. Signups for the Journey are over, but contact Hank Anderson or Holly Irvin if you are interested in attending the Sunday morning (10:00 a.m.) or noon Wednesday group.  Hank:  Holly:

Active Small Groups

(Some Groups may not be meeting during the time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or they may be meeting on Zoom.  Call the church office at 309.829.9327 for contact information if not listed below.)

Sunshine Class, which meets on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m., is currently on hold.   Contact is David Bradbury 309.452.0528.

Brown Bag Bible Bunch study on Wednesdays at noon. Participants meet over a sack lunch for a lively discussion where curiosity is welcomed.  Contact the church office 309.829.9327.

Adult Sunday School Class currently on hold.

Ladies’ Monday Prayer Group is led by Kathie Chapman and meets bi-weekly from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. in the FCC Founders’ Room.

Tuesday Evening Group Led by Art Taylor and Bill Robitske, the group meets every other Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The group discusses the weekly Bible verses for the current sermon series, and shares their autobiographies with each other. Meeting and sharing their own stories with one another has brought them closer together, helping them know those they see each Sunday that much better.

Wednesday Evening Group (Polycarps)  The group meets every Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. It is led by Valerie Fisher. Currently, there are nine confirmed members, but more are welcome.

Small Group Book Study  A contemporary book study facilitated by Patty Thompson at the Thompson home.  The group meets once or twice a month.  ALL who are interested are welcome to join the group!

Thursday Evening Small Group   John Hensley and Susan Cleaver co-lead the group, and  host it every other Thursday at 7:00 p.m. In addition to meetings and study, they plan on being proactive as a group in seeking out projects in the community that they can reach out to and participate in. 

Small Group Resources

Church Library:  
Located on the main floor, across from the Fellowship Hall, our library offers many fiction and non-fiction works.  Please select your book and use the card box to indicate you have checked it out.  Librarian:  David Bradbury

Books and Other Resources:  Click on the resource name for details.

Companion in Christ

Half Truths

Jesus Calling

Jesus Wants to Save Christians


Learning to Walk in the Dark

Leaving Church

Love Wins

Mirror for the Soul



Resources — A Renewed Spirituality

The Labyrinth

The Path Between Us

The Road Back to You

Unafraid — Living with Courage

Many groups meet regularly on Zoom!