300 East Wayne Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 422-4681

First Wayne Street has developed a program of Wednesday evening activities that we call “Making the Connection.” The program is designed to nurture and facilitate each person’s faith journey, and members’ family and friends are always welcome! We offer six-week and eight-week short-term sessions on Wednesday afternoons and evenings in Fall I, Fall II, Winter, and Spring sessions that serve a wide variety of interests for all ages. Making the Connection provides a comfortable, loving atmosphere to adults, youth, and children, giving everyone opportunities to find ways in which to experience God’s presence and enhance our own and each other’s faith journeys. Adult activities include a variety of offerings from Bible study and book discussions to painting, gardening, crafts, quilting, and more. Youth activities provide a gathering time for study and fellowship. Children’s activities combine lesson time, crafts, games, and music.

The current Making the Connection schedule (September 19 – October 24, 2018) includes:

  • 1:00 p.m. “You Can Paint!” painting class with Ann Carnes
    (Please note:  this class begins September 5)
    Even if you have never held a paintbrush, you are welcome to join the class; you may discover talent you didn’t even know you had! The class paints with watercolor, acrylic, regular oil paint, heat-set oil paint, and even pastels. You can choose one or try them all. A special treat each week is a short lecture from the president of Rosemont College who has a Master’s degree and Doctorate in the History of Art.
  • 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. “Mark’s Jesus” with Rev. Cheryl Garbe
    Each Gospel writer brings his own perspective on the life and ministry of Jesus. Mark shares with us a Jesus who is always on the move, but Mark also shares a secret: this Jesus is not going to be a conquering warrior; instead he is the suffering servant. Come as we reflect on what that means for our lives and our relationship with Christ.
  • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Light supper served
  • 5:45 – 7:30 p.m. Children and Youth programming
    Youth will gather on the third floor from 5:45 to 6:15 pm with Youth Director Kim Truesdell. The time from 5:45 to 6:15 pm will be “down time,” for the youth to hang out in the third floor senior high room or play in the gym, enjoying fellowship with each other. From 6:15 to 7:00 pm, they will “get in the Groove,” using the Groove curriculum from Youth Ministry Partners. This curriculum invites teens to learn the essentials of their faith, own their story, and engage the world in serving Jesus. The group will explore topics such as Character, Dilemmas, and Grace. From 7:00 to 7:30, the kids will work together on different enrichment activities (helping plan something, doing a project, or working on a service project). Children will enjoy planned activities from 5:45 to 7:30 that include choir, bells, crafts, & gym. 
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. “Evolution, Scripture, and Nature say YES!” book study with Ann Kreamer
    The author of this book, Denis Lamoureaux, is both a committed Christian and a scientist. Albert Einstein once said “Science without religion is lame: religion without science is blind.”
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Healing Class with Pastor Cookye Rutledge
    New people are encouraged to join the group any time. You will discover that healing belongs to everyone who comes to Jesus with a believing heart. “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37

Regular offerings include:

Children’s activities: these include choir, chimes & the Gloria Ringers (learning to play handbells), as well as arts, crafts & games (starting at 5:45 and ending at 7:30 p.m.).

Youth Activities: these vary from week to week, and are held from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on the 3rd floor or on the 1st floor in Fellowship Hall (occasionally the youth travel outside the church for activities, always accompanied by youth director Kim Truesdell).

Adult Classes: these are detailed in the current “Making the Connection” brochure, available on the information table before the start of each new session. Details of each current session of “Making the Connection” are also posted on in the News here on this site.

If you have questions or concerns, contact Anna Zartman, our Director of Congregational Life & Nurture, at 422-4681 or by email at amzchurch@yahoo.com.