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. 

Current studies

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On first Tuesdays of each month, join Rev. Nate Sell, our pastoral resident, and Matt Logan, young adult director, for a conversation at the intersection of current events and Christian Faith.

Reformed theologian Karl Barth once said: “Take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.”

We will explore how people of faith think about and respond to news here and around the world while we sip adult beverages with friends and neighbors in our community. Folks from all faith backgrounds or no faith background, of young age (21) to old age, are invited to Gather with us.

First Tuesday of each month, 7 pm, at Double Oaks, 204 N. Mendenhall St.

Coming in June

Join Rev. Neil Dunnavant's newest short story study, "Reading Together the Stories of Anton Chekhov: Reflecting on the Christian Life" on Sundays in June at 9:30 am. If you'd like to read ahead, here are the Chekhov stories we'll be discussing:

Gooseberries

The Man in a Case

The House with the Mezzanine

The Black Monk

Rothchild's Fiddle

For further reading, Neil recommends Chekhov's In the Ravine. 

Gather (young adults)

In our Gather groups, Young Adults fellowship together, study together, pray together, and serve together. Email Matt Logan, our director of young adult ministry, to learn more: mlogan(at)fpcgreensboro.org.

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. 

Soularium

Meets on Sundays at 9:30 am in Cannon's Solarium. Rev. Nate Sell, Cynthia Price Pastoral Resident, and Matt Logan, Director of Young Adult Ministry, lead the discussion which is open to adults of all ages.

Gather Serve

We will address food insecurity in our community.

Connect with these and other Gather opportunities: Contact Matt Logan, mlogan(at)fpcgreensboro.org.

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.

God Talks Study

god talksLet's continue the God Talks discussion we had with Fred Bahnson by studying his book, "Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith," in May:

  • Sunday, May 19, 9:30-10:20 am in the Blair Hagan Room behind Memorial Chapel.
  • Wednesday, May 22, 6:30-8 pm in Main 125 beneath the Sanctuary.  

Church staff members will lead these discussions. Fred is director of Wake Forest Divinity School's Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program. Fred’s research and teaching focus on the intersection of ecology, sustainable agriculture, and contemplative spirituality. 

Now under way

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Grow, Hike, Pray: Spiritual Practices for Today

“Everything old is new again,” or so they say. For the months of March, April, and May, Pastoral Resident Nate Sell will lead a class on ancient spiritual practices for today. Gardening, Pilgrimage, and Prayer are in the DNA of Christian spirituality, but for many, these spiritual practices are unknown and daunting. As a group, we will explore the basics of how these practices can foster spiritual growth through experience, readings, documentaries, and discussion. No experience necessary! Classes will meet Sundays at 9:30 am in the Solarium. Participants are welcome for all segments of the class or only the practices that appeal to them.

  • March 3-24 will focus on gardening
  • March 31-April 21 will explore pilgrimage
  • April 28- May 26 will investigate prayer.

Three main experiences will ground the class. Please email Nate if you are interested in one of these experiences, as space will be limited -- nsell(at)fpcgreensboro.org. First come, first serve! 

  • March 30: Garden Workday at Peacehaven 
  • April 6-7: Intro to backpacking overnight with Sunday morning Communion service
  • May 4-5: Silent Retreat at St. Francis Springs. 

Presbyterian Women Luncheons

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 receptionist(at)fpcgreensboro.org.

Presbyterian Women Circles

Circles meet at the following times:

Deborah’s Dining & Discussion

Third Mondays, noon, 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.

Sallie Huss

Second Mondays, 10:30 am, Myers Loyalty Room. Led by Gail Derkasch.

Hearts and Minds

Third Mondays, 10 am, member homes: September, Rosa McNairy; October, Jane Jackson; November, Betty Hannaum; December PW Luncheon. Led by Betty Jo Forney.

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 2018-19 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, becky_p@bellsouth.net, for information about upcoming events.

Women’s Wednesday Bible Study

Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 am, Garden Room. Led by Betsy Harrington, betsyharrington@triad.rr.com.