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Life Groups


In the future, this page will provide better organized links to information on the various LifeGroups in our church. These are our small groups that provide various fellowship, service, and discipleship connections for people in the church. For now, we have listed some of our LifeGroups below to give you some examples...


The Helmsmen are dedicated to Christian fellowship and service to others. We welcome both members of First United and Christians from other churches. All are welcome.

This group consists of men and women, couples and singles, who meet monthly to listen to local speakers and take part in a variety of programs. We enjoy getting together on a regular basis for food, fellowship, and discussions revolving around what we can do to to serve our church and community.

Our preferred method of service is "sweat equity"– cleaning up a neighborhood, or painting and cleaning the church when needed. Our members take an active role in adult mission trips that are organized by First United.

We also take spring and summer trips to theatres, museums, ballgames, and restaurants, and enjoy an annual summer picnic at the church, and each December brings our Christmas party.

The Helmsmen are also strong supporters of the Woodcarvers group [link]. We support the annual Woodcarvers dinner in May, and in October we help with the Woodcarvers Show held at Belle-Clair Fairgrounds.


3rd Saturdays at 5:30

We invite you to learn more about the Helmsmen by visiting us at First United Presbyterian Church every third Saturday at 5:30 PM for food, programs, and a short business meeting during fall and winter months– September through November and January through April.

The Helmsmen also meet from May through August for a fun outing rather than a normal meeting. During these months we either go to the Botanical Garden, the Science Museum, a Grizzlies baseball game, or a variety of other fun activities.


Interested in learning more about this group? we invite you to talk to one of our officers:

Skippers– John and Dee Mann

1st Mates– Chuck and Karen Thurig

Logkeepers– Gene and June Johnson

Pursers– Dwight and Joyce Lied

Cargo– Milt Walter

Chaplain– Amy Brummitt

New to the church, or not a member? We still would love to have you join us for fellowship and service. Contact Skipper John Mann today! [email link]



The Library Committee operates the First United Presbyterian church library, providing Christian-oriented books and materials for education, and research. These are available to members of the church, groups within the church and the community at large.

The library is a great resource for families, providing books and materials for all ages, starting with books for babies.

We love the fellowship and the commitment and dedication that is given to the work of the library.


The Library Committee meets monthly at an undisclosed day of the week (except June, Jul, Aug.) at 10:00am in the First United Presbyterian church library.


Want to know more about the library committee? Contact:

Virginia Purkel, Chair: 618-628-9886/

Inez Bridges, Manager



"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28).

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2).

Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

First United Presbyterian Church has been a Stephen Minister congregation since1987. After completing fifty hours of initial training, individual Stephen Ministers are assigned as needed to individuals within the congregation who are going through periods of transition or loss. Situations involving our Stephen Ministers have been widely varied, but oftentimes involve terminal illness, the death of a spouse, depression, and problems related to the aging process.

God never intended for us to go through these experiences alone. That’s why God has brought us together as a congregation – and why we have Stephen Ministry. The assigned Stephen Minister meets regularly with his or her care receiver as that person works through the particular difficulty.

Whether it takes a month or several years, the Stephen Minister will be there. Stephen Ministry is an effective and proven caring tool at First United and is viewed as a legitimate extension of the pastoral care provided by the professional ministerial staff.

If you would like to learn more about Stephen Ministry for yourself, a family member, or a friend, please talk with the Pastor or a Stephen Leader.


Stephen Ministers meet every month on the last Tuesday at 7:00 in the Vista Room.


Interested in being part of this group?

We invite you to talk to one of the individuals below:

John Mann, or 618-558-5669

Les O’Neal, or 618-616-0996


Want to learn more? You can find additional information at these websites:

What is Stephen Ministry?

What do Stephen Ministers do?

What can Stephen Ministry do for you?



Sand Dollars were founded under the Presbyterian Mariner structure in the early 1980’s. We have kept this influence through our existence. Sand Dollars promote Christian fellowship; continuing faith journey enrichments and strong family values.

For 31 years we have hosted a Mrs. Bunny breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt for families in the church and for those families who are residing at the Belleville Crisis Center.

We’ve assisted with the decorating of the greens by putting up the large holiday trees both in the sanctuary and Eversull Hall. We assist in various projects where we could assist with our skill sets.

Sand Dollars welcome any person affiliated with the church (or friends of members), single or married, with or without children. Families with children are welcome but we ask to have advance notice so that child care can be arranged in the gym.

Our children are bringing their children now!


Sand Dollars meet the 1st Friday of the month between September and May at First United Presbyterian church in Eversull Hall at 6:30 p.m. for a potluck meal, meeting and fellowship. The summer months we have activities away from the church.


We invite you to join Sand Dollars and invite you to talk to one of our members:

Bill & Ellen Beebe (618) 398-5080,

Dee McCarty, (618) 560-9000,

Joe & Brenda Fedak (618) 233-1213,

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