Women’s Ministries

Women's Ministries

Women’s Circles

There are two active Women’s Circles at FBC. All women are invited to attend either of these circles. Call church office (217) 352-2240 for exact meeting times/dates.



1st Tuesday of the month at 12:30 pm. (unless noted otherwise)
Annie Dieselberg is a missionary in Bangkok, Thailand who works in helping young women involved in prostitution break free from this lifestyle.

Annie founded the non-profit organization Nightlight where these young women are taught a new trade and their jewelry designs are sold to give them a new source of income.



2nd Tuesday each month at 11:30 am in Room N109 (unless otherwise noted).

Circle attendees bring a sack lunch for themselves and spend 1 1/2 to 2 hours doing White Cross work. They meet from March through November.  

Dorcas Circle Collecting for the Kodiak Mission in Alaska, for their Bazaar. Hand-made items are needed. The people live on an island and have no way to purchase items for their families for Christmas. We will need to ship the items by early October, so we need to begin gathering them immediately. Items such as quilts, baby blankets, sweaters, afghans, hats, scarves, pot holders, mittens, dish cloths, etc. can be brought to the north hallway.

Dorcas Circle Continues Work for White Cross: The American Baptist White Cross program provides urgently-needed supplies for our mission workers that cannot be purchased with limited mission budgets. Learn more at the American Baptist White Cross website.



Women’s Mentoring

APPLES OF GOLD—Mentors for Women

Apples of Gold Women's Mentoring


Next Class: Fall 2016

Introductory Tea on Sunday, September 25
If you are interested in being involved in the next session, please contact the church at 217-352-2240 or at fbc@fbc-cs.org. Registration is available on Sunday mornings.

What is Apples of Gold?

This six-week program features instruction by mature women regarding organizational skills, homemaking, and spiritual growth. Geared for women age 20 to mid-30’s. This program is offered once a year. You will be served dinner each evening, and you will learn tips on making delicious, easy meals you can share with your family as well as other aspects of homemaking. The evenings are full of fun and fellowship. The class has regular sessions that are held on Monday evenings. Our class size is limited , and participation is based on first-come, first-served basis. More info about this program can be found at applesofgold.org.


Crafting Connections

Crafting Connections/Prayer Shawl MinistryWho We Are:

We are sisters in Christ who come together to fellowship with each other while using our talents to create knitted, crocheted, or other hand-crafted items that may be used in a variety of different ministries.  We are in the early stages of developing a Prayer Shawl Ministry.

What is a Prayer Shawl?

God has inspired many people for generations to serve Him through prayer using blankets and shawls in diverse ways. Over the centuries, shawls have come to symbolize shelter, peace, and spiritual sustenance. A prayer shawl ministry’s message is simple, universal, and enduring—turning ordinary skeins of yarn into handmade expressions of love and comfort, while reminding the recipient of the prayers of those who made the shawl or lap blanket.

Requesting a Prayer Shawl or Lap Blanket

Contact the church at (217) 352-2240 or by email

Prayer shawls or lap blankets may be given for various reasons such as illness, surgery, grief, or other difficulties in life. If you know of anyone who needs the warmth and comfort of a prayer shawl or lap blanket, please contact the church office.

Getting involved in Crafting Connections

Meeting times:

Tuesdays from 1:00–3:00 pm in the church library
(from May 31 through August 30)

Wednesdays from 3:00–6:00 pm in the church library

This ministry is open to anyone with willing hands. Some crafters do their knitting and crocheting at regular meetings. Others prefer to work exclusively from home—either way is fine with us. We would love to have you join us!


Time for Tea

Women's Time for TeaWhat is Time for Tea?

This women’s group will meet on the second Wednesday of the month.  It is a chance for women in our area to join together in fellowship and to provide informal caring, concern, and biblical encouragement to each other.  The meetings are open to all women who enjoy the company of Christian women, wish to share their story, or wish to extend the hand of fellowship to other women who have experienced a life changing event.  Membership at FBC is not required.


2nd Wednesday of each month
2:00–4:00 pm at FBC

Meetings are held from 2:00–4:00 pm in the Regeneration classroom next to the church office.  Tea and light refreshments are served at each session.