Adult Christian Formation

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 gather at 9:30 am on Sundays for studies and classes, and we have groups that meeting during the week for study and to spend time together.

Church School

Visit our Church School page for details on current studies in all Sunday classes.

women's retreat

Women's 24-hour Prayer Retreat is March 17-18

Experiencing God: A 24-Hour Prayer Retreat for Women is March 17-18 at Caraway Conference Center, in the Uwharrie Mountains near Asheboro. Explore prayer & spiritual practices to deepen and enrich your communion with God each day. Learn more and sign up here.


Christian Classics Book Club

Rev. Neil Dunnavant's Christian Classics Book Club discusses works of high literary quality with strong Christian themes.

Upcoming books include:

  • April 12: The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers.
  • July 12: Selections from Paradise Lost, led by Maurice Schwarts. 
  • October 18: To be announced. 

Future titles include: In His Steps by Charles Sheldon, Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton, The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton, The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day, The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers, The God Who is There by Francis Schaeffer, Listen to Your Life by Frederick Buechner, and War in Heaven by Charles Williams. 

The group meets at 6:30 pm at LaRue Elm Restaurant, 403 N. Elm St., just a couple blocks south of the church. E-mail Neil,, for more information.

Gather (young adults)

In our Gather groups, Young Adults fellowship together, study together, pray together, and serve together.

Gather Small Group 1

Mostly for those who are married with young children. Group 1 meets every other Wednesday in member homes. Child care is provided by the members of the group.

Gather Small Group 2

Mostly young professionals without children. Group 2 meets every Wednesday at 7 pm. Each week will alternate between faith discussion at The Traveled Farmer and fellowship around town.

Gather Bible Study

Meets on Sundays at 9:30 am in Memorial 200 to discuss the way Scripture forms, informs, and transforms the way our faith as we in the world. FPC pastors lead the group, which will study the book of Genesis.

Gather Serve

We will address food insecurity in our community.

Connect with these and other Gather opportunities: Contact Lara Musser Gritter,

Church School classes

Visit our Church School page for details on current studies in all Sunday classes.

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.

Congregational Care groups

See our Congregational Care page for information about support groups and prayer groups.

Elder-led small groups

Invitation to John

Tuesdays, 7-8 pm, Cannon’s Solarium. Led by Walt Howell & Doug Key

Invitation to Genesis

Second & fourth Wednesdays beginning Oct. 11, 6:30-8 pm, Virginia Gilmer Room. 

Led by Hilda Courter & John Vanderwerff, based on the study by Peter Enns.

Blessedness & Forgiveness

Second & fourth Tuesdays beginning Oct. 10, 4-6 pm, Myers Loyalty Room. 

Based on Marjorie J. Thompson’s The Way of Forgiveness & The Way of Blessedness

Led by Susan Devaney, Cheryl Crago & Dottie Blanchard.


First Mondays beginning Oct. 2, 7:30 pm, member homes. 

Led by Elizabeth Bostian & Andrew Spainhour.

Companions in Christ

  • Every other Wednesday beginning Sept. 13, 4-5 pm, member homes. Led by Gay White.
  • Second & fourth Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30 pm, Fred Horner Quiet Center. Led by Evelyn Edwards.
  • Second & fourth Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, Fred Horner Quiet Center. Led by Atim Idika.




A Portrait of Redemption

"A Portrait of Redemption,” a five-week winter Bible study for women, begins Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the Vaughn Conference Room beneath the Sanctuary and led by Peggy Rice, from 4 to 5:30 pm. Info: or 

Presbyterian Women Luncheons

Lunch is held the second Monday of the month at noon in Mullin Life Center. Get your ticket ($8) by the Wednesday prior to each lunch: 336.478.4799 or

March 12: Hear from Robert Wells, director of FPC's Chancel Choir.

Menu: Spinach salad with fruit and raspberry vinaigrette, assorted quiche, rosemary potatoes, broccoli/cauliflower salad, dessert, sweet and unsweetened tea, lemonade and water.

RSVP by March 7: 336-478-4799 or

Presbyterian Women Circles

Deborah’s Dining & Discussion
Third Mondays, 11:45 am, Garden Room.
Led by Ginny Hayes & Darlene Young

Mary and Martha
Second Mondays, 10:30 am, Blair Hagan Room.
Led by B.J Williams & Sue Harden

Hearts and Minds
Third Mondays, 10 am, member homes.
Led by Betty Jo Forney

Sallie Huss (formerly Rachel)
Second Mondays, 10:30 am, Myers Loyalty Room.
Led by Gail Derkasch

Ruth and Naomi
Third Tuesdays, 10:30 am, Blair Hagan Room.
Led by Anne Cox

Small groups

Monday Evening GIFT (Growing in Faith Together)

This GIFT group is for women ages 20s-30s. It meets in members' homes. Contact Aimee Scotton at 336-854-7770.

Currie Library Book Clubs

Currie Library has two book clubs that meet monthly between September and May. One group meets on second Mondays (except December) at 10:30 a.m., and the other meets on second Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. See our 2017-18 reading selections.

Wednesday Morning Men’s Fellowship Group

On Wednesday mornings, a men’s group meets at 7:30 am in Blair Hagan (Memorial 100). Contact Wil Courter 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 am on Wednesdays in the Garden Room, Smith 124. Contact: B.J. Williams, 336-288-8601, Hannah Britt, 336-288-9289, or Nancy Jewson, Well-Spring coordinator, 336-288-0333. During the summer, the group meets once a month.

Almanah Get-Together

Almanah, the newly organized group for widows at FPC, meets at a restaurant for lunch or dinner occasionally, so if you are looking for fun and fellowship, you are welcome to join us. Contact Becky Peters,, for information about upcoming events.

Women’s Wednesday Bible Study

Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 am, Garden Room. Led by Betsy Harrington,

Angels: A Biblical Study of God’s Ministering Spirits

Wednesdays, 4-5:30 pm, Main 125. Led by Peggy Rice, based on Hebrews 1:14.

Faith & Fellowship

Thursdays, 9:15-10:45 am, Myers Loyalty Room. A relaxed group for study and fellowship. Contact Leigh Jones,

Grace on Fridays

First & third Fridays, 9:30 am, Fred Horner Quiet Center. Led by Rev. Dolly Jacobs.

Spiritual Practices

Third Fridays, 7:30 pm, member homes. A relaxed group; bring snack & beverage. Coordinated by Christie Mitchell,