Small Groups & Weekly Activities - Pres House

Small Groups & Weekly Activities at Pres House

Fall 2017

Sign up for a small group here


Freshmen Small Group ~ Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:00 PM 
Join with other new students to build relationships with one another and God. Each week we spend time checking in, engaging with topics that the group chooses (i.e., navigating the transition to college, developing healthy relationships, exploring our questions about faith, talking about hot issues, etc.), and praying for one another. Past participants say that this experience has been an important source of support and connection during their first year at school.

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What is the Bible? And what does “Presbyterian” mean? ~ Thursdays, 7-8:30 PM
This 8 week small group will explore the Bible and Presbyterianism – plus it will be a lot of fun and a great way to get to know people better!


Church Unbound ~ Mondays, 6-7 PM 
This is a continuation from our summer worship series where we gathered in different spaces, often outdoors, to experience God’s presence and to learn through creation. Some of thing we may do: reflecting on balance through slacklining, meditating on creation on Picnic Point, considering seeds of faith by visiting Olbrich Gardens, considering the role of water in scripture as we paddleboard on the lake, taking a night walk together in silence, and more!


Graduate Student Coffee & Conversation ~ Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 AM @ various locations
Come for an hour on Thursday mornings for meaningful conversations and connecting with other graduate students; check the Pres House Facebook page for locations each week. Sign up for email updates on weekly locations here.


Pres House Young Professionals  ~ Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 PM 
The Young Professional small group is for folks who are working in the Madison area. We ask people to make a commitment to attending regularly so that the group can become a safe and supportive space for us to grow deeper in our relationships with one another. Sign up here.


Prayer^3 for Justice ~ Wednesdays, 4-4:30 PM
We believe that part of being a faithful follower of Jesus means we are called to pray for our community, nation, and world. We gather each week to pray in three ways in 10 minute segments: 1) becoming aware of what is going on in our world, 2) reflecting on scripture and asking God to guide us, 3) responding through various actions (i.e., calling legislators, writing letters to our neighbors).

Contact: Erik Franze or Jenni Geurink


Bake, Pray, Love ~ Mondays, 8:30am; Thursdays 5-7pm, 1x/month
Once a month we gather to bake a large supply of breakfast treats so that we can go out weekly to share them with our neighbors who currently have no homes.

Contact: Emily Johnson


worship-gallery-8Music Team ~ Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Come lend your musical talents and enjoy making music with other people! This is a great way to play music while serving the community.

Contact Music Director: Natalie Handley


Coffee Buddies
At Pres House we make an intentional effort to make strangers into friends as a response to God’s call for us to love our neighbors. At Sunday Worship, people have the opportunity to put their name in for Coffee Buddies and be paired with someone to get to know. We encourage building relationships with people who are different from yourself.

Contact: Mary Kraemer


Cooking Class with Chef Laura ~ Mondays, October 16th – November 20th

This is a great opportunity to learn some cooking skills and put them to immediate use as you break bread with others! Space is limited for this opportunity.

Contact: Chef Laura


The Study Lounge ~ Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
Pres House is open throughout the week for you! It is a great place to study with comfy couches, free coffee, free WiFi and friendly faces. There is also often leftover food and snacks to eat and a kitchen where you can warm up your lunch.


A Just Brew ~ Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Drink a cup of fine coffee and help fight human trafficking. Every morning you will find A Just Brew making pour-over coffee in Lower Hall. The coffee is free. They take donations to support the work of International Justice Mission – a worldwide leader in the fight against modern-day slavery and human trafficking. A Just Brew raised more than $16,000 since opening in spring semester 2015.


Pastors’ Office Hours:
Pastors’ Mark and Erica love to meet with students to talk about anything – stresses, family concerns, relationships, career questions, theology, the Bible, or just life in general.

E-mail Pastor Mark or Pastor Erica to find a time to connect!

In addition to our weekly activities there are many special fellowship, learning and service events at Pres House!

And you are invited to be a leader and shape the space at Pres House.