We participate in a variety of mission, entertainment, and social opportunities through the year, from the annual all church picnic, to Christopher House Family-to-Family Christmas, book club, Bible groups, golf outings, and more! Below are some of our upcoming events. You can also check out the calendar to see other opportunities happening at Southminster.
Volunteers Needed for Spring of Life Habitat Partnership Work Days
Habitat for Humanity’s Spring of Life Partnership is beginning work on their 17th house! Eight area churches along with Southminster are members of this partnership and are assigned work days. Southminster’s work days are Saturdays, April 27, May 18, June 1 and 15, July 6 and 20, August 3 and 17. Volunteers are needed of all skill levels, and no experience is required. We begin about 8:00 a.m. and work until mid-afternoon. Lunch is provided. The house is at 559 S. Edison Street in Elgin. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please email Tom Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joint Service Day – April 27
Saturday, April 27, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Meet at First Presbyterian, 8:00 a.m.
Gather your friends and family and help make a difference in our community! For the fifth year, Southminister Presbyterian Church will partner with First Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights for a joint service day. This is a great opportunity to serve those in need while enjoying fellowship with our Presbyterian family. Gather at First Pres. at 8:00, meet your team, and enjoy coffee and donuts before heading out at 9:00.
In year’s past, this combined effort has seen upwards of 140 volunteers help many organizations, expand community involvement, and help SPC get to know their fellow Presbyterians just across town.
There is indoor and outdoor work available. We hope you’ll join us to help beautify our community and serve some great local organizations. For more information or to sign up, email Ed Gudonis at email@example.com.
Boys and Girls, Come Join Cub Scouting!
Do you know a child who would like to join Cub Scouts? Cub Scout Pack 129 will host an informational Open House on Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m. at Dryden Elementary School for kindergarten through fifth grade boys and girls (yes, girls have been invited to join!) who are interested in joining Cub Scouts. Pack 129 holds their meeting throughout the year at Southminster.
National Day of Prayer
Thursday, May 2, 10:00 a.m.
Chicago City Hall
Southminster’s Faith in Action team will be carpooling down to Chicago to join the Community Renewal Society in this day of prayer event. Meet in the SPC parking lot at 8:30 a.m. on May 2. For more information or to let them know you’ll join them, email Cindy firstname.lastname@example.org.
Party Animals – Family Fun Night, May 1
Wednesday, May 1
530 – 7:30 p.m.
Southminster’s Community Room and Fellowship Hall (downstairs)
Everyone is invited to our Party Animals Family Fun Night! No cooking or cleaning, just enjoying time with your family and fellowship! We’ll begin with a buffet-style pasta dinner in the Community Room (downstairs) and then move into Fellowship Hall for animal games, crafts, decorations, and a special visit from Sue’s Party Animals, who will bring small, live animals for children (and grown-ups) to see and touch. You won’t want to miss this last Family Fun Night of the school year. RSVP by April 28 to Jill@spcah.org.
Free-will donations to our Children’s and Family Ministries program are accepted and appreciated.
Mom & Me Yoga – Mother’s Day Event, May 11
Sunday, May 11
1:00 – 2:00, 5-10 year-olds & mom
2:30 – 3:30, 10 years and older & mom
Southminster, Desert Room (upstairs in Children’s Education wing)
You and your child(ren) are invited to join us for a yoga class like no other. Taught by professional yoga instructor Molly Kranovich, this fun class combines partner poses, dancing, yoga, and meditation practice. No yoga experience or mats required. Just bring a water bottle and wear comfy clothes.
Donation-based Class: There is no fee for this class. All Mother’s Day classes are donation based with proceeds going to Children’s programming at Southminster. Donations are free-will and can be made the day of the event.
Moms’ Mops Group
First and third Monday of every month – Next meeting May 6
10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Southminster’s Oasis Room (upstairs)
Are you a mom? Then you know that being a Mom is the hardest job in the world! So come join our NEW MOPS group at Southminster. All moms are welcome! Come share with other moms, make new friends, feel renewed, and learn how to “Find Your Fire.” For more information or to RSVP, please email Pastor Liz email@example.com or call her 847.392.1060.
MOPS believes in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together. That’s why we rally women to help them become more brave, kind, and honest.
So whether you are a soon-to-be mom, first time mom, or seventh-time mom, you are welcome here. Whether you are an adoptive mom, young mom, seasoned mom, foster mom, stepmom, or any other type of mom, YOU ARE WELCOME HERE! www.mops.org.
Women’s and Men’s Small Group Bible Studies
Knowing God for Women
Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
April 9 – 30
Southminster Oasis (2nd floor)
You are invited to our follow-up study on Explore God called “Knowing God.” Each week we’ll engage in small group discussions about the following topics:
April 9 Making an Introduction (Faith stories)
April 16 God & Prayer
April 23 Reading the Bible
April 30 God & Community
We hope you can join us to further explore your faith journey. For more information, email Kathy Gudonis firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing in Grace Women’s Bible Study
Meeting every other Tuesday, next meeting April 23
9:25 – 11:30 a.m.
Growing in Grace invites all women to a Bible study on Marilyn Kunz’s and Catherine Schell’s book Proverbs: Wisdom for Life, beginning Tuesday, April 9 and continuing every other Tuesday through May 21. Learn practical ways to solve your problems and steady your life’s course. We hope you can join us for coffee, fellowship, and discussion. No Bible experience needed. Workbooks are $5.00. Childcare is available upon request. If you have questions or need more information, email Kathy Erickson Lievph@aol.com.
Heart of a Woman Bible Study
Meets every Tuesday
1:15 – 3:00 p.m. Southminster
Wednesday Morning Men’s Group
Wednesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
The Barnabas Room at Southminster
We are men of all ages with a wide range of both Bible and life experiences. Our goal is to learn more about the Bible and how each of us tries to follow Christ in our daily lives. We are very open about how and when we mess up. We trust that God’s love and grace will cover our faults and help us live lives closer to how Jesus wants us to be. If you have questions or need more information, email Keith North at email@example.com.
Bible Boys Bible Study
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
We will begin studying Old Testament prophets, beginning with Zechariah and welcome all men to join us. We’re a group of men whose ages range from 30-somethings to 80-somethings, and go from experienced Bible student to the beginner. We seek to learn how the Bible applies to our everyday lives, and how we can be Christ-followers in today’s society. For more information, email Dennis or call him at 224.520.2831.
Bible Bums Group
Mondays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Southminster – The “Loft” located downstairs
The Bible Bums resume meeting on Mondays this fall, and all men are welcome to join! We provide nourishment for the mind, body, and the soul in a relaxed, casual atmosphere, discussing Scripture, enjoying fellowship, and sharing stories. We’re never sure where some of the discussion may lead, but rest assured it’s always interesting. We don’t follow a script—just Scripture! We hope you’ll join us and bring a friend. For more information, email Ed Gudonis at firstname.lastname@example.org.