We offer lots of opportunities for visitors and members to connect with others at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. We are a group with many different talents and interests and that is reflected in our wide variety of activities. No matter your age or skill set, we welcome you to join in the fun and fellowship as we grow together in faith.
Traditional worship is held in the sanctuary Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Many gather outside the sanctuary immediately after worship at the cookie cart for treats, lemonade and fellowship. See details about what to expect at worship on our New Here page.
We offer Sunday school for all ages beginning at 9:15 a.m. in the classrooms behind the chapel. Whether you are brand new to church or a long-time churchgoer, there’s a class to meet your needs. See our Christian Education page for more details.
COFFEE AND FELLOWSHIP
Our early risers like to meet in Larrick Hall for coffee, fellowship, morning announcements and prayer at 9 a.m. before heading off to Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. Join our Pastor Claudia Henderson and others as they share the news of the week together.
CHOIR AND MUSIC PROGRAM
Singers, musicians and music lovers of all skill levels can share their talents in one of our various musical groups. Led by our music director Michael Dwyer and accompanied by our organist Bonnie Copeland, our large Chancel choir sings to the glory of God every Sunday morning at worship with traditional hymns and anthems. Special ensemble group, the Forest Hills Singers, performs occasionally during worship on Sundays and at special events. Both of these groups rehearse Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. in our choir room, near the church office. Our Wind Ensemble is a small chamber band that is volunteer led and performs once a month at the worship service.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS
Join us for family-friendly meals and special programs every Wednesday beginning at 5:45 p.m. in Larrick Hall. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. Several times a year, Pastor Claudia Henderson leads the program with a Bible study series or book study to help us learn and grow in faith. Other programming has featured local charitable organizations that share their mission and needs, and area groups that offer expertise and services that are of interest to our members. Call the church office to make a dinner reservation.
Our middle and high school students gather together in our youth room from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays for Bible lessons, fellowship, games and fun. The youth room is located between our chapel and craft house. For more information about youth group, see our Children/Youth page.
Our group for college students meets in members’ homes for Bible study and dinner on Thursdays at 7 p.m. from September through May. For locations and information, contact our church office (813) 932-6149.
You can view the “Youth and College Calendar” here.
Presbyterian Women sponsors monthly Bible studies for women September through May. Women can attend any of three different small groups or “circles” that meet during the day or evening. The University Circle meets at University Village the third Thursday at 1 p.m. The Peace Circle meets the fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. on our church campus. The Harmony Circle meets the fourth Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. on campus. For more information about these studies and locations, call the church office (813) 932-6149.
Presbyterian Women hosts several events throughout the year to nurture faith and fellowship for women such as the Mother’s Day Luncheon, A Time Apart worship service, Advent by Candlelight and our locally famous bazaar held every October.
Our men’s breakfast group meets the first Tuesday of every month for Bible study and fellowship at 6:30 a.m. at Mama’s Kitchen at 9312 N. Florida Avenue. Reg Dickey is the group coordinator.
Our craft cottage is buzzing with activity and creativity every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from March through October and is located in the building behind our sanctuary. Novices and expert crafters are welcome to join in and get their hands dirty as they paint, stitch, glue, build and repurpose items to be sold at our annual bazaar in October. All proceeds generated by our bazaar go to local charities and mission work abroad. Friendships are made and faith is built up as we work side by side on projects that support those in need in our community. Jennifer Gregory is our craft coordinator.
Come strengthen conversational Spanish skills and comprehension and practice with other church members in our Spanish class. Some prior knowledge of Spanish is required. Led by Tom Ellerman, a retired high school Spanish teacher, this class meets every Tuesday from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. in Larrick Hall. Students also use their developing Spanish skills for community outreach.
This group of woodworkers and painters can take what’s old and make it new. Their refinished and repurposed furniture pieces are a popular seller at our annual bazaar. This group meets every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in our multipurpose house.
This group for middle and high school youth performs Christian skits and dramas during worship or other church programs. Led by Laura Lewicki, the youth learn public speaking and acting, stage design and creative writing.
This group meets Sundays at 8:30 a.m. in room 1 to pray for the needs of our church, its members, our community and our world.
FIFTH SUNDAY LUNCHES
We have some of the best cooks in town! Join us for a covered dish luncheon after worship every fifth Sunday in Larrick Hall. This time is designed for casual fellowship and to welcome our new members. Visitors are welcome.
NEW MEMBER CLASSES
Offered monthly after worship in the pastor’s office or by appointment. Check the church bulletin or call our church office at (813) 932-6149 for more information.