Engaging Minds & Hearts

Adult Groups

Are you interested in finding groups of like-minded individuals who want to participate in activities, while they grow in friendship and fellowship with each other? First Baptist Church’s small groups for adults provide opportunities for deepening relationships with others in the church. Nothing enriches your worship relationship like knowing you are worshiping with friends. That starts with your stepping forward to join our groups, so you will have a growing number of friends at church ready to welcome you with a smile. 

American Baptist Men

American Baptist Men is a way for any interested man to be of service to the First Baptist Church, and to be affiliated with a larger group of men across the U.S. who are stepping up to help when help is needed.

In addition to our own church home, our ABMen is affiliated with two national organizations.

  • ABM of the Great Rivers Region
  • American Baptist Men USA

For more information please contact the church office at 309 682-5491

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American Baptist Women

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American Baptist Women is an association that provides educational, mission-minded, social and service events for women of the church. Open to all women of the church. Monthly Saturday brunches.

Contact: Carolyn Ihnken at 309-685-1388; or at csimk@comcast.net

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Contemporary Issues Class: Legal Services

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First Baptist Church won’t tell you WHAT to think about today’s big issues, but we do want you TO THINK about them. And we’d love for you to join us on these upcoming Sundays as our CONTEMPORARY ISSUES CLASS grapples with the biggest concerns of our time. — Barb and Bernie Drake
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Heartwarming Hats

Heart Warming Hats - First Baptist Church of Peoria

In April of 2006, a few ladies from First Baptist got together to start making hats for children in our local community. The intention was provide the hats as an additional Christmas gift to those children whose name appeared on our “Helping Tree”. Our efforts have succeeded beyond expectations and today we have close to 15 ladies making these wonderful gifts for the children.

In 2019, the Heartwarming Hats group celebrated a several significant milestones. The group has made 10,535 hats, 277 mittens, 260 scarves, 99 booties, 40 4-piece “preemie” sets, 156 (+) afghans and 306 (+) baby blankets!

If you are interested in joining our group, we would love to have you. We meet in the FBC Connections Room on the second Monday of each month at 11:00 a.m. New members are always welcome and we can teach you how to make hats if needed.

Movie Lovers Group

Movie Lovers Group - First Baptist Church of Peoria
Are you a movie buff? Do you enjoy discussing the quality of the plots and actors in the latest movies? Perhaps the ”Movie Lover’s Group” is something you would enjoy.

The Group meets once every other month at a member’s home to discuss a variety of movies. Members attend the preselected movies either on their own or with others from the group prior to the group meeting. All opinions are always welcome and expected which typically results in a lively discussion.

A “thumbs up / thumbs down” is taken after each movie is reviewed. The result is that we all learn to appreciate the themes and attributes of each movie we view in a deeper manner. Refreshments are always included with each meeting.

Visitors are always welcome to sit in on one of the Thursday night meetings to determine if this is something they would like to join. Contact Bob and Lynelle Ryan at 309-444-1936 for more detailed information. Join us for a good time, good conversation, and good fellowship!



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Our group discusses books on issues relevant to faith in the modern world. It is not a Bible study group but a very open and questioning group. We don’t expect everyone to believe the same way; we invite thoughtful, respectful discussion at whatever stage you are in on your faith journey. We usually tackle about a chapter a week. We meet Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at church.

Contact: Cheryl Huddle, 309-231-7029; or cheryl82142@sbcglobal.net.


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Our group reads and discusses books that strengthen our faith and challenge us to look at our spiritual walk in new and exciting ways. We look for books with differing perspectives, some on social issues, some on Biblical truths. And we want a conversation that also offers different perspectives on these important matters. We usually read a chapter a week. Our group meets from 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays at Panera’s on North Knoxville.

Contact: Marti Atwater, 309-231-4948; or atwaterm@yahoo.com.