Congregational Care

First Pres offers various resources that may be of help to you. If you would like to be of help, we have opportunities for you to serve as well.

Pastoral Care

First Pres offers pastoral care to support one another in daily living, especially at times of need or crisis. Our pastors work to provide confidential care to those facing life's spiritual, emotional, and physical challenges.

If you have a need, please contact Pastor Kristie Finley at or 224.544.1967.

Prayer Connections

If you would like to share or request a prayer from one of our pastors, you can use our Prayer Connections ministry. If you would like to include your email address, one of our pastors will be in touch with you.

Deacons Ministry

“It is the duty of Deacons, first and foremost, to minister to those in need, to the sick, to the friendless and to any who may be in distress. Deacons do this by providing internal ministry to the needs of our congregation, inspiring and expanding congregational awareness and providing external ministry to those in need within Lake County.”

See below for a list of ministries we serve.

Flower Delivery

We re-pot flowers from worship and deliver them to church members unable to leave their homes or are living in local nursing homes on Sundays, after worship. To learn more, email

Home Communion

Elders and Deacons serve communion to home-bound church members each month. To receive communion, email

Informing the Church

When you or a loved one are ill, hospitalized or facing surgery, please let the church know so you can be held in prayer and our pastors can be in touch. Contact Pastor Kristie Finley at

Prayer Chain

Prayer requests are confidential and shared with the prayer chain “links” by email. Share your joy or concern with Pastor Kristie Finley.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Create hand knitted or crocheted shawls to give to those who are experiencing a catastrophic event in their life. The yarn is prayed over before the knitting begins and prayed over while the shawl is being created. The group blesses each shawl with prayer before presenting it, with a card expressing the hopes and thoughts of the creators and all Presbyterian Women. The group meets on Tuesdays from 1 – 2 p.m. Contact for info.

Request a Ride

Do you need a ride to church? Contact to schedule a lift.

Other Programs


Do you think you have a problem with alcohol? Two AA meetings are available weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. and Friday evenings at 5:30 p.m. Come to either meeting at any time.

A Safe Place Women's Support Group

Mission partner A Safe Place offers a Women’s Support Group for those who feel isolated, bullied, her feelings disregarded and not in control. Listen to, share with and support other women each week in a safe environment.The group meets Wednesdays from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m. at Gorton Community Center, facilitated by Nancy Dunsey (847-731-7165 x111).If you are in immediate need of help, please call A Safe Place’s 24-hour Help Line at (847) 249-4450.

Military Caring Ministry

First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest believes that our Christian faith compels us to demonstrate God’s compassion, love and healing to all—which includes the military community. First Pres is a military-supporting congregation. If you or a family member are a member of the military (active or reserve) or a veteran who worships here (occasionally or regularly), we’d like to get to know you! Please contact Our Military Caring Ministry hosts several events throughout the year, including Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day remembrance programs. We also partner with the First Pres Rummage ministry and Military Outreach USA (a national veterans support organization) to donate a broad range of items to previously homeless veterans to furnish their new housing. Our Military Caring Ministry members also assist with other ministries at First Pres.

SamaraCare Counseling

If you are in need of a counselor or therapist, please contact one of our pastors or the SamaraCare Counseling at 630.357.2456, ext. 136.

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