Adult Christian Education

The understanding of God’s grace in our lives and the fellowship that occurs through this exploration is daily source of inspiration for many of us. At First Presbyterian Church, our members are active in this pursuit of understanding. We have over ten classes offered on most Sundays, from 9:30 - 10:20 a.m. Visit our Sunday page for details on classes for this week. Throughout the week, small groups offer fellowship for both men’s and women’s studies. Check out our new offerings this fall. Visit our music page to learn about our choirs and instrumental offerings.

Church School

Visit our Church School page for details on upcoming studies in all Sunday classes, updated weekly.

Looking to connect to one of our pastors?

Find activities led by our pastors Sid Batts, Neil Dunnavant, Dolly Jacobs and Lori Carter on this page.

Current Studies

Illuminating Lent

During the season of Lent, three groups are studying Donald McKim's Illuminating Lent:

  • A Friday evening group meets in members' homes through April 11.
  • Two Sunday morning groups meet at 9:30 a.m. in Memorial 202 and Memorial 201.

Contact Sara Manchester to learn more about any of these groups.

Poets, Pints, and Prophets

Austin Carty leads this bi-monthly meeting at various local pubs to discuss ideas about Christian life and faith. Each week the group will begin by considering a specific theme in a work of poetry and/or in a passage of Scripture. Then, using that theme as a launching pad, the conversation is free to take shape organically. The aim is to foster good community and good theological conversation in a decidedly relaxed atmosphere. This group meets next on March 4 at 7 p.m. at McCoul's Pub downtown.

FPC Singles

A group for singles and unmarried couples of all ages is in the formative stages. For more information, contact Austin Carty

FPC Inter-Generational Married Couples’ Bible Study

In this four-session study led by Austin Carty, all participants will be assigned core groups—core groups will range in size from five to eight couples per group—and these groups will be comprised of married couples of the same age demographic. All core groups will be reading the same book, Tim Keller’s The Meaning of Marriage. For the first two sessions, core groups will meet to discuss questions, insights, and critiques among themselves. For the other two sessions, core groups will be divided into inter-generational groups where the blended groups will engage in discussion. The aim is to develop relationships across generational lines and foster a spirit of encouragement and support among the FPC community. The hope is that these groups will want to re-engage in a similar study again in the fall. The group will meet every other Wednesday, March 12 - April 23, 7 p.m. in members' homes. Note: Child Care will be provided.

Year of the Bible

A Really Epic Read

The Year of the Bible challenge has begun! Ever tried to read the Bible all the way through, and end up lost in Leviticus with no way out? Because she has been in our shoes, adult education direction Wendy Duncan has some advice. Hint: You don’t have to read it in order from Genesis to Revelation. We will be posting your questions to our blog and Facebook with Wendy's suggestions. We encourage everyone to share their experiences or advice for others to help, say, get you through Leviticus. If you have a specific question to ask, send an email to Wendy. Get started now with or, and check out staff translation picks on Pinterest.

Continuing Studies/Groups

Wednesday Young Adult Study

Our spring study is “Classic Bible Stories in the Age of the iPhone.” This eight week study will explore well-known Bible stories and, through a thorough examination of the Biblical texts, will highlight those stories’ connections to life in the 21st century. Study materials will be provided on-site for each session, and they will range from the Biblical corpus to classic literature to contemporary film and music. The aim is to see the familiar stories of the Bible with fresh eyes so as to gain a deeper understanding of who God is and what it means to be a Christian. Austin Carty leads this Bible Study every other Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Shetler 214. March meetings are on March 5 and 19. Note: Child care will be provided.

Beth Moore Study

Studying A Woman's Heart, God's Dwelling Place about the Tabernacle. Continues through March 26. Workbooks can be purchased at Lifeway bookstores. Contact Gail Kinser, or 282-3325, to learn more.

Monday Morning GIFT (Growing in Faith Together)

This GIFT group is for women with preschool and elementary-age children. Dolly Jacobs, associate pastor of discipleship, leads. Child care is provided with a reservation.
February: Women of the Bible
Contact Ashley Winton to learn more

Tuesday Evening GIFT (Growing in Faith Together)

This GIFT group is for women ages 20s-30s. Studying the book Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God is Speaking by Priscilla Shirer. Available at Lifeway or Amazon, but make sure you get the Member book with study guides, NOT the papaerback. Contact Aimee Scotton at 854-7770.

Currie Library Book Club

The Currie Library Book Club meets on the second Monday of each month from September through May (except December) at 10:30 a.m. in the library (first floor of the Shetler building). View 2012-2013 schedule. Contact Nancy Fuller to learn more.

Presbyterian Women Luncheons

Second Monday of each month, noon in Mullin Life Center, featuring an engaging guest speaker.

Presbyterian Women Circles

All women are invited to join a Presbyterian Women Circle. Circles meet at various times to accommodate as many people's schedules as possible. Contact Wendy Duncan, 478-4723.

Sid’s 2x4 Bible Study & Breakfast for Men

On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (September through May), all men are invited to Senior Pastor Sid Batts’ Bible Study and Breakfast for Men at 7:30 a.m. in the Mullin Life Center on Greene Street. Each session is a stand-alone class focusing on the Scripture passage that will be the basis of Sunday’s sermon. Between 35 and 50 men gather for instruction and discussion facilitated by a power point presentation. Breakfast includes ham and sausage biscuits for $4. No reservation required.

Wednesday Men’s Bible Study

On Wednesday mornings, a men’s group meets from 7-8 a.m. in the Fred Horner Room, Shetler 206. Contact Trip Adams to learn more.

Wednesday Morning Men’s Fellowship Group

On Wednesday mornings, a men’s group meets at 7:30 a.m. in Blair Hagan (Memorial 100). Contact Will Courter to learn more.

Wednesday Women's Bible Study

All women are invited to study and discuss the lectionary text each Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. (September through May) in the Currie Library (first floor of the Shetler building). Contact Betsy Harrington to learn more.

Community Service Group

These ladies meet for fellowship and a devotional while hand-crafting blankets, lap robes and more items that are distributed every year to people in need in our community and beyond, 10 a.m. on Wednesdays in Redhead Hall. Contact: B.J. Williams, 288-8601, Hannah Britt, 288-9289, or Nancy Jewson, Well-Spring coordinator, 288-0333.

Almanah Get-Together

Almanah, the newly organized group for widows at FPC meets for a movie and popcorn the first Thursday of every month, 3-5 p.m. in Blair Hagan (Memorial 100). Popcorn and a drink are provided. Donation of $1 will be accepted. We also plan to go to lunch occasionally so if you are looking for fun and fellowship, come join us and see what fun things we have planned.

April 3: About a Boy (a British comedy staring Hugh Grant)
May 1: Get Low (a True Tall Tale staring Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek)

Adult Music Groups

First Presbyterian offers many musical opportunities for adults, including Chancel Choir, Rejoice! Ensemble, and two Handbell Choirs. Visit our music page for more information and to register.


Adult CE Staff

Adult CE Ministry Team Chairs

  • Steve Fogarty, Chair
  • David Brumbleboe, Vice Chair

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