If you’re looking for something fun to do this summer as we collectively ease back into adding things to our calendars, First Pres is offering some summer activities for all ages. We have eight groups planned, but there is always room for more! If there is something you’d like to see that is not on this list, please reach out to Elizabeth at email@example.com. Some groups will meet weekly and some monthly; some are outdoors in person and some are over zoom; the comfort levels of those who sign up will determine whether it’s in-person or online.
Baking Group – this group will meet monthly over Zoom this summer and will share tried-and-true recipe favorites, as well as suggestions for new ideas. The conversation may go down other food paths, not just baking and desserts!
Coffee, Kids, & Chaos returns! – Little kids (0-5) and their grown-ups are invited to join us at East Bradford Park’s playground on Thursday mornings any time between 9 and 11am beginning June 10. This is a time for parents, grandparents, and caregivers of all types to chat while the kids get their energy out. Come when you want and stay as long as you’d like. During inclement weather we’ll gather in Fellowship Hall. To join the email list, contact Pastor Caroline at .
Community Gardening Activity – If you enjoy spending time outside and volunteering on your own schedule, this activity is for you! Our mission partners at Good Samaritan have started a community garden outside their Coatesville-area office. The garden is in a residential neighborhood and would benefit from a few people who can head out once a week to weed, prune, and harvest. This is a great family service project or opportunity for someone who travels but wants to engage in service work when they are able. The days, times, and frequency are up to you. For more information, contact Pastor Caroline at .
Craft Beer Group - Come join us during for a monthly Craft Brew sharing experience. We will taste, rate, and discuss a variety of Craft Beer styles from Pilsners and Lagers, to Belgian and Stouts. Your hosts will be Brian Parker, Head Brewer at Cat in a Tree Brewing and Sandor Kadar, staff liaison. The gatherings have a hybrid format which means that you can choose between attending in-person or joining via Zoom. This group will meet one Friday per month this summer, 7-8 p.m.
Holy Rascals Book Study - Does your religion fit neatly in a box? Are your ideas about God settled once and for all? If so, this book study might have you reconsidering! Holy Rascals by Rabbi Rami Shapiro is a book that means to upset our spiritual apple carts. It pokes and prods at our sacred convictions and invites us into a mystical revolution drawing us deeper into love, compassion, justice, and joy. If you haven’t gathered yet, this book isn’t meant to be agreed with. It is meant to promote inquiry, humility, and to dismantle our righteous idolatry. We’ll meet four times throughout the summer either in-person or on Zoom at the group’s discretion, Mondays at 6:30 p.m. (Purchase book here.)
Mini Golf Group - This group will schedule three mini-golf outings this summer at courses around the area. Perfect for all ages looking for some fun with other church members and families. Dates and times will be determined by the group members.
Summer Fiction Book Club - This group read and then meet to discuss The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd. This novel tells the story of Ana, a rebellious and ambitious Galilean woman whose life story is shaped by an encounter with the 18-year-old Jesus. "Grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus's life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman's bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her." The date and location (in person and/or online) will be decided by group members.
Wine Tasting Group will meet once, in person (outdoors) - Our summer wine tasting group will celebrate the joys of wine in all its richness and variety. We will explore wines from various countries, sharing their culture as well as the fruit of their vines. Because of beautiful summer weather, we will gather outdoors. Everyone is welcome, regardless of your wine experience or palate.