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 Youth  Adult Bible Studies   Prayer Shawl Ministry  Mission Trip   Missional 

Children:

Pre-K Sunday School (ages 3-5) and Nursery Program

Our community's smallest members enjoy Sundays in our nursery.  While our babies and "under 2's" enjoy safe and loving care from our nursery staff and volunteers, we have created a place where preschoolers can genuinely experience the presence of God through songs, prayer, play and with lessons geared just for the curious preschooler.  We pray that each child will come to know and rely upon God through their lives.

Elementary Sunday School (Kindergarten - 5th grade)

Children in grades K - 5 are invited Sunday mornings for a fun time just for kids!  We want your children to learn to worship a real and loving God, so kids begin with their families at 10am in the worship service and then are dismissed a short time later for exciting games and a special bible lesson. 

Hangout

Free babysitting at First Presbyterian Church! This is a safe and fun place to drop off your kids while you go and do whatever you want to do on your own (can anyone say date night?!). This babysitting is free and open to anyone in the community. The only catch is that kids need to be between the ages of 3 years and 5th grade. We are open the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 5:30 - 7:00 pm during the school year. We will feed the kids, and then have games and activities planned. Call the church if you need more information!

 

Youth: 

Youth Group

We offer a youth group #SWAG (formerly known as "OUR PLACE") for anyone between 5th grade and 12th grade at the church. Come for a fun time of games, snacks, hanging out, learning from the Bible and finding out how God's message applies to your lives.  We meet on Sunday evenings during the school year, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome, so bring your friends!

Young Adults:

If you would like to connect, grow, and build with young adults at FPCU and/or in the Ukiah area...this is for you.  What exactly is a "young adult?"  Simply put, if you think you are a young adult then you probably are.  More specifically, we consider young adults people who are in 20, 30 or 40 something.  For more information go to http://ukiahpresyoungadults.weebly.com/index.html
 

Seniors:

"Very Important People" (seniors who are 70+) meets about once a month (usually the 3rd Wednesday...check the calendar) at 11:30 - 1:00pm.  We enjoy lunch together and some activities of games, songs, etc.  We can provide transportation if you need a ride.  We do ask that you RSVP the church office at 468-9235, if you plan to come so we know how to plan!

Adult Bible Studies:

Men's Bible Study This study is open to anyone who may be interested in studying the Bible and fellowship with other men at FPCU.  We meet in the FPCU library at 7:00 am on Tuesday mornings for an hour.  We enjoy a light breakfast, chatting and a half hour of study and sharing.

Serendipity Women's Bible Study Using the Serendipity Bible for Groups, we study a complete book (which is mutually agreed upon by the group), reading a specified portion each week and answering the "cup" (ice breaker), "book" (about the text) and "heart" (life application) questions.  Since the questions are found within the pages we're reading, we are literally 'all on the same page'.  The passages are read together during our gathering, so there is no homework. We rotate the "facilitator" each week, and spend time sharing prayer requests, praises, and a light snack.  We meet at 8:30 am on Tuesday mornings for an hour and are open to anyone who may be interested studying and fellowshipping with other women at FPCU.

Sisters in Prayer (SIP) Bible Study  This study group meets every Tuesday at 5 pm (except summer months)for approximately one hour.  The group is open to all women, whether you attend First Pres Church or not, and for all ages.  We usually follow a written curriculum and each Bible-based study lasts up to 12 weeks.  Some recent topics have been prayer, simplicity, grace, and faith.  This is a very interactive group.  We welcome you to join us in the FPCU library.

Presbyterian Women's Association meet for a monthly interactive Bible study, the 2nd Wednesday of each month, at 1:30 pm in the FPCU James Room.  A new bible study, "Outrageous Joy" by Patsy Clairmont, Barbara Johnson, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh, and Thelma Wells, reveals the fact that we serve an outrageously joyful God!  The study guides can be obtained in the PW mailbox in the church office.  We are an intergenerational group. All women are welcome. Please join us! If you require transportation, call Juanita at 263-5534.

 

Stitches from the Heart (Prayer Shawl Ministry)

Do you like to knit, crochet, sew, quilt…..? Would you like to learn? We have started a new ministry and our mission is to make things (shawls, lap blankets, baby caps, etc.) to give to shut-ins, new babies, or anyone who might need something cozy to cuddle up with. And along the way… you can learn a new skill, get to know each other a bit more, and have prayer time together. We meet in the church library the 2nd Saturday of each month, 9am to noon. Bring along knitting needles, crochet hooks, or any tools you might need, along with yarn. If you come with nothing in your hands but prayer, that’s OK, too. There’s no sign-up and no need to RSVP… we just want you to show up! (Men, you can come too!!) Questions? Please call Caroline Crowley at 462-8460.


 Mission Trips
 

 

The 2016 Mission Trip was June 12-18, and we worked with Habitat for Humanity in Lake County helping rebuild after the devastating 2015 Valley Fire.  Eight of us from Ukiah got the pleasure of going over to help Habitat in their rebuilding efforts.  We spent five days completing a variety of projects including putting in a trench to provide well water to a house; finding, uncovering and capping water pipes; building a fence; and clearing and organizing one of Habitat's storage units. We couldn't have done it without all the support from the FPCU church family which included prayer, giving and helping with the tri-tip fundraiser. See the July Presbeat Newsletter for more on this mission trip. You can learn more about the rebuilding efforts in Lake County at Habitat's website http://lakehabitat.org/

Our previous Mission Trip was to Waco, Texas.  We traveled to a farm and learned sustainable farming.  This farm is part of an organization called World Hunger Relief.  This organization teaches people from developing countries how to farm in a way that is low cost, uses the materials at hand, and will last from year to year.  Then the people whom they train go back to their home communities to put these ideas into practice and teach others how to farm sustainably.  Former FPCU church members, Randy and Amy Fish, are now ministering on the World Hunger Relief farm in Texas.  It is their calling in life to help run this farm so people in other countries can have the tools they need to live off the land where they live.  You can learn more about World Hunger Relief on their website http://worldhungerrelief.org/

 

 The Call to be Missional

What does it mean to be "missional?"  What is "missional living?" Watch an episode of the Barbara Marshall Show featuring our former Associate Pastor, Kelsey Ingalls, to find out. Click This Link!