Here at First Congregational Church of Western Springs, we have a variety of group ministry and fellowship programs available to members and friends of the church.  Click here to see some of First Congregational Church groups in action.  Click here for a complete list of groups.


Parents of Teens

Meeting periodically at church or in members’ homes, this group connects parents who are experiencing the joys and challenges of raising teens. While thinking more deeply about the connection between their faith and their parenting, group members strive to grow personally while supporting each other along the way.

Please contact Meredith for more information at or 708.246-1900.

Our Next Program:

Surviving AND Enjoying Your Child’s Adolescences, Wednesday, October 3 at 7 pm

Parenting teens is a wonderful blessing, but it can also be challenging.  Share the joys and the challenges with this wonderful group of parents as they share what they’ve learned with one another and also hear from various speakers.

Contact Meredith at to be added to the group so you don’t miss any communications about upcoming meetings, occasional parenting articles, and prayers.  Also, be sure to save the date for our first gathering Wednesday, October 3 at 7 pm in the Parlor.  Tara Bradbury, LCSW and parent of three teens, will present “Surviving AND Enjoying Your Child’s Adolescences.”

Parents AND their child/ren are invited to attend. Feel free to bring your friends and neighbors.


Seek. Pray. Love. Book Group

Be a part of a Seek. Pray. Love. book group. Small groups of 10-12 people, each will focus on faith exploration through book discussion and fellowship. Groups will be lay-led, with our ministers available as resources. Meetings will be held during the late afternoon or early evening (or when the group decides), usually in participants’ homes. Group members will center in God and discuss the chosen book(s) while enjoying light refreshments. For more information on joining a Seek. Pray. Love. group contact Mary Lee Gosz at


Thursday Women’s Book Group

Women of all ages gather on Thursday mornings from 9 – 11 am September thru May to engage with books, each other, to deepen our theological understanding, and to help walk the Christian path with integrity, purpose, and passion.  We also laugh a lot! Childcare is offered in the Youth Room, while the group meets in the Seim Room.

Starting September 13: Grateful:  The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, by Diana Butler Bass.   We know that gratitude is good, but many of us find it hard to sustain a meaningful life of gratefulness.  Four out of five Americans report feeling gratitude on a regular basis, but those private feelings seem disconnected from larger concerns of our public lives.  In Grateful, cultural observer and theologian, Diana Butler Bass takes on this “gratitude gap,” and offers up surprising, relevant, and powerful insights to practice gratitude.

All are welcome to join this group for any or all of our studies.  If you would like to know more, please contact Meredith Onion at

Archived Links:

Ted Talk: What do you think when you look at me?

Ted Talk: Monica Lewinsky & The Price of Shame

I’ve Been Called Isis A Lot Lately

The Book of Joy. How do we live a life of joy in the face of adversity? Spend breathtaking time in deep dialogue and playful laughter with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Join two of the most joyful people on the planet—who are also beloved friends—and share their hard-won wisdom of finding enduring happiness and joy in the face of life’s challenges.


Bible Study

The Bible (and sometimes book) study gathers from 7-8pm in the Kemper Library to read and discuss sacred scripture. Rev. Katherine Willis Pershey facilitates the conversation.  We will continue focusing on scriptures, as well as discussing relevant spiritual, theological, and cultural issues.

Biblical study is a core intellectual and spiritual practice of the Christian faith. If you are interested in this opportunity to grow in faith and understanding, please email Katherine at to sign up.


Moms in Faith

Moms in Faith was founded as a ministry of the church in the fall of 2010. In the years since, we began meeting on Friday mornings, the group has shared a lot of laughter and tears as women have gathered to share honestly about our lives, pray for one another, grow as women of faith, and nurture deep and abiding friendships. Moms in Faith is a community centered in Christ and open to ALL.

Moms in Faith is coordinated by a Steering Team that works closely with Associate Minister, Rev. Katherine Willis Pershey, and meets on Friday mornings from 9-11am from September to May.

Once a month the group welcomes a guest speaker. Twice a month we discuss articles or blog posts of resonance and value; these might be about parenting, spiritual practices, current events, etc. And one Friday a month the group enjoys breakfast, fellowship, and an opportunity to learn about a local mission partner, often engaging in meaningful mission projects, such as preparing meals for BedsPlus.

We also host evening gatherings! Please join us on October 10 and November 14 at 7 pm in the Seim room.

Thanks to the generosity of the members who support First Congregational Church through their tithes and offerings, complimentary childcare is available.

Members of Moms in Faith are encouraged to pay $50 each semester to cover program expenses. This will be collected via PayPal on the registration page, or by check (First Congregational Church of Western Springs; Memo: MIF). Scholarships are available if this is a barrier to participation. Guest speakers are open to the public for a $5 drop-in rate.

To learn more, contact Katherine via email or 708.246.1900.


Watercolor Classes!

Every Wednesday

  • 10am – noon, Watercolor Class (Traditional setting, less instruction).

  • 12:30 – 2:30pm, Watercolor Class (More structure and instruction).

Sally Brandenburg leads the sessions. She majored in art at Iowa State, taught art classes for 35 years in transparent watercolor at the Guild of Creative Art in Red Bank, New Jersey, is an exhibiting member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society, the Garden State Watercolor Society, and a past member of the American Professional Artist League, New Jersey chapter. She has exhibited at Lincoln Center, and other shows around the country, and is also in corporate collections around the country.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Sally. Everyone is welcome!


Men’s Breakfast

From September through May on the second Saturday of every month, the men of the church are invited to come together for light breakfast, hearty fellowship, and an interesting program. The Men’s Faith & Fellowship Breakfasts begin at 7:45 am, typically in the Seim Room, and end by 9 am. The group is led by our Senior Minister Rich Kirchherr.

Please contact Rich at 708.246.1900 or with any questions or additional information:  .