Learn and Grow

At Pekin First no matter your age, you will find many opportunities to discover who God created you to be.



(K- 5th grade)
For this age group we combine forces with Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin.   Wednesday evenings at 5:30 we meet at Pekin First Church (1315 Court St, Pekin, IL).  The kids have activity time on the lawn and a faith based lesson.  Childcare is provided for helpers with little ones 0-5.  There is a Bible lesson and activities for them as well.
Emmy Thies leads the UNITEkids group.  You may contact her at ethies@pekinfirst.org if you have any questions!
UNITEyouth Breakthrough
(6th-8th grade)
Are you looking for a fun, safe environment for your pre-teen to explore faith?  Our 6th-8th grade group is is called “Breakthrough”.  This group meets on Sunday evenings.  You can visit the “UNITEyouth Breakthrough” Facebook Group to check out what is happening.


UNITEyouth High School
(9th-12th grade)
Our high school youth meet on Wednesday evenings, and they have some exciting activities planned. You can visit the UNITEyouth High School Facebook Group for the most recent information about schedules and fun activities planned.
Kara Bushong leads the Breakthrough and High School groups.  You may contact her at kbushong@pekinfirst.org for more info.


Strengthen your soul through Bible Study and Small Groups.
We welcome new people to any of our groups!
Church office (309) 347-3155

Bible Study
7:00 am Ongoing
(Meets In Person at Ernie’s Restaurant)
Contact: Jim McClarey jmcclarey@pekinfirst.org
Are you an early bird?  Join Pastor Jim and friends at 7am every Wednesday. We meet at Ernie’s on Derby St. in Pekin, IL. for an hour of Bible study and conversation.
Please stay tuned for when the Sunday 
studies are starting.
Sunday & Tuesday
Bible Discussion Groups
Powerful Parables
Sunday at 9:00 am 
Meets In Person in Dining Room or
Contact: Jim McClarey
Join a group of people who are going through the Bible in a year.
Bible Study
6:00 pm Ongoing
(Meets In Person & on Zoom)
Contact: Jim McClarey
Join Pastor Jim and friends at 6pm every Wednesday.  We would love to have you jump in!  All study materials are supplied, and if you would like to join by Zoom just call the church and we will send you the Zoom link.