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.   August 31,2022 we will be doing the Wednesday evening UNITEkids events again at 5:30, we will meet at Pekin UMC.  The kids will have activity time 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”. 
You can visit the UNITEyouth Facebook Group or Instagram to check out what is happening.


UNITEyouth High School
(9th-12th grade)
Our high school youth have some exciting activities planned, for Summer. You can visit the UNITEyouth Facebook Group or Instagram 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.
Serendipity Bible Study
Everyone welcome
Every Tuesday at 9:00 am- Ongoing
Meet in the Chapel
Come explore the Serendipity Study Bible.  
Please stay tuned for when the Sunday 
studies are starting.
Contact: Jim McClarey
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.