The church offers a number of groups for those interested in a variety of topics and activities. Like-minded members and friends of the church enjoy the fellowship that these groups afford, while participating in a range of enjoyable activities. You are most welcome to visit and join any of them! Have an idea for a new small group?
Contact the Small Groups Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christians in Motion
Build relationships with others while engaging in a variety of activities such as bird watching, canoeing, bicycle riding, hiking, neighborhood litter cleanup, etc… Anyone who likes the great outdoors is welcome. Bring your mud shoes any Sunday morning and pick up litter around the church. Previous activities include wildflower hikes, Eagle Watch at Crab Orchard Lake, guided canoe ride on the Cache River, a bike ride on the Tunnel Hill State Trail, and work days at Snider Hill Cemetery. Join us on October 12 at 9 a.m. for a church clean-up day.
Fair Ladies of Faith
This small group is open to all women; one group meets in the evening and one group meets during the day. After the groups are formed in the fall, membership is closed until the next fall so that each member may form closer bonds with the other women in their group. Fair Ladies meets monthly, for study, prayer and fellowship. Meetings are held in members' homes or at the church.
In My Garden
This group promotes Christian fellowship in the love and care of God’s earthly creations. We share in each other’s gardens and learn about the beauty of botanic design. We gather monthly from April to October at members’ homes to divide and share plants, talk about seasonal garden issues, perhaps help a member with a project, or assist with the church’s garden maintenance.
Movie Night Group
Movies are chosen by group suggestion or by Kitty Trescott. Some, but not all, are chosen because they contain a Christian moral or connection. The evening begins in the church Fellowship Hall for pizza and sides. The group then moves to the Youth Room to watch and discuss the movie. This small group is open to everyone.
6:30 pm, Parlor
Oasis is an LGBTQIA+ affirming, interdenominational Christian group where you can truly be yourself. We socialize, explore Christian topics that include LGBTQIA+ perspectives, and pray. And we like to eat snacks. Each meeting’s topic is self-contained, so drop by any Thursday. All are welcome!
Presbyterian Men's group is open to all (both men and women are welcome). The group meets in the dining room of River to River Assisted Living, located between Carbondale and Murphysboro, for fellowship, a light supper, and a guest speaker. Presentations cover a wide range of timely and fascinating topics. The group collects “happy bucks” and “sad bucks” as people tell about good or not-so-good things that have happened to them recently. Half of the money collected is donated to Southern Illinois Parkinson Support Group and half goes to the church.
Presbyterian Women is open to all women. They meet in the Fellowship Hall for dessert, followed by discussion of the Horizons Bible Study (published by the Presbyterian Women of PC-USA, ). The first meeting this fall will be held on Tuesday September 17, starting at noon with a potluck lunch, followed by our study and meeting time. Subsequent meetings will begin at 1:00 with dessert, followed by study and meeting.
This group meets January through November, at various local restaurants. Group members take turns acting as the host who chooses the restaurant, makes necessary arrangements and takes reservations. Occasionally there is a speaker although the main focus is to build relationships among attendees. Everyone who enjoys eating out and paying their own way is welcome. This group supports Good Samaritan.
Snider Hill Interest Group
This group consists of church members plus community members who are interested in the history and maintenance of Snider Hill Cemetery. One of our church's founders donated a 1/2 acre lot for a "Presbyterian burial ground" which became Snider Hill Cemetery. About three times a season we schedule work days at the cemetery, and members also work on an ongoing research project.
Yarning to Make a Difference
This small group meets on the firs Sunday of the month after the education hour. It is open to anyone who enjoys knitting or crocheting or wants to learn how to knit or crochet. Members make prayer shawls and baby blankets for church members and newly enrolled infants in the Presbyterian Church Day Care, as well as personal items. Bring lunch and a project!