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. 

An all-church read

Waking Up WhitePick up a copy of Waking Up White and get ready for author Debby Irving’s visit on Monday, Sept. 17.

Copies are available in the Welcome Center for $15.

This 200-page memoir explores race through her personal experiences, beginning with “a blissfully sheltered, upper-middle-class suburban childhood.”

Learn more on our Christians and Race page.

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:

  • Oct. 18: John Milton's Paradise Lost. 

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

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. 

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, lgritter(at)

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.

On the Brink of Everything

parker palmer book jacketRev. David Partington leads a small group on Fridays in October from 2-3 pm in Cannon's Solarium. The group will study Parker Palmer's On the Brink of Everything. Please buy the book and read the first chapter before our first group meeting on Oct. 5. RSVP by Oct. 4 to receptionist(at) or 336-478-4799. 

Find the book at your favorite bookstore:

Scuppernong (downtown) | Barnes & Noble | Amazon*

*If buying on Amazon, consider starting at and choosing FPC as your charity to benefit. 

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)

Oct. 8: Farewell to Sid & Cathy
Menu: Quiche, spinach salad with fruit & raspberry vinaigrette, rosemary potatoes,broccoli / cauliflower salad, dessert. Ticket deadline: Oct. 3.

Nov. 12: Daughters of Abraham
Guests from Saint James Presbyterian and Muslim & Jewish groups join us. Menu: Baked chicken, spinach salad with fruit & raspberry vinaigrette, rice pilaf,vegetable medley, rolls & desserts. Ticket deadline: Nov. 7.

Dec. 10: Christmas with WPC
Children from the Weekday Preschool Center come a caroling.Menu: Chicken cordon bleu, honey mustard tossed salad, baby bake potatoes,French green beans, cakes. Ticket deadline: Dec. 5.

Presbyterian Women Circles

This fall our circles are studying "God's Promise: I Am With You" by Amy Poling Sutherlun.

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,, for information about upcoming events.

Women’s Wednesday Bible Study

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