Faith Formation for Adults

Faith Formation for Adults

Second Presbyterian is known for its emphasis on education. Discipleship is always a “work in process.” At Second Presbyterian, faith formation for adults strives to offer multiple opportunities for faith to be nurtured, opportunities to grow in wisdom and understanding, and opportunities to deepen knowledge of Biblical story. Adult faith formation offers intergenerational opportunities to learn, grow and fellowship with one another in the faith.

Program Year

Sunday School is offered September – May from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

*Click HERE to view our 2018-2019 Christian Education Booklet with details about education opportunities for all ages!

Classes offered for Adults:

  • Journey Through the Bible – Join the Journey Class as they delve deeply into Bible Study and seek relevance for Scripture in today’s world.
  • Open Door Class – The Open Door class explores contemporary books focused on faith, coupled with engaging discussion.
  • Covenant Conversation – Covenant Conversation engages in exploration of theology and tradition on specific topics each year.
  • Wired Word – Wired Word seeks to relate scripture and faith to the contemporary word. The Wired Word takes on the good, the bad and the ugly each week as it tackles a wide variety of current events through the lens of faithful discernment. Each week includes biblical study, discussion and fellowship with others on the Christian journey. Coffee is included!
  • Confirm, Not Conform for Adults – Geared toward the parents of confirmands, this 7-week companion class parallels part of what the 8th grade youth learn during confirmation class. Participants are invited to ask questions they have always wanted to ask and to explore their faith from an adult perspective.

Monthly at Second

  • POP-UP Sunday School – Beginning October 7, on the first Sunday of each month, drop in for an interesting topic and/or guest speaker. Topics range from updates from missionaries, to religion in art, to exploring other faith traditions.

Midweek at Second

  • Thursday Morning Study (October, 9:30am – 11:00am) – Each year, facilitator Bill Logan leads this class through the study of engaging and provoking texts that explore our faith.
  • Discipleship Class (Thursdays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm) – Beginning September 13, the Discipleship Class focuses on various studies from The Great Courses series.
  • Hungry Women (Thursdays, 11:00am – 12:00pm) – Women are invited to explore interesting faith-inspired texts focused on faith integrated with engaging conversation. Fall 2018 schedule: Oct. 4, 11, 18, Nov. 1, and 8.
  • Contemplative Prayer (Tuesdays, 12:00pm – 1:00pm) – Each week, this small group of seekers engages in contemplative prayer. Enjoy spiritual practices, both ancient and new. All are welcome in this life-giving practice.
  • Sacred and Profane: Religious Themes in Opera (Wednesdays, 2:00pm – 3:30pm) – Today, the opportunities we have to listen to this sublime genre have to be sought out to be enjoyed, yet so many of its story lines and themes lend themselves beautifully to discussions on faith. Beginning September 26, join this special 10-week course to watch, listen, and explore three operas and their religious themes: Samson and Delilah, Dialogues des Carmelites, and Parsifal.

Monthly at Second

  • POP-UP Sunday School – Beginning October 7, on the first Sunday of each month, drop in for an interesting topic and/or guest speaker. Topics range from updates from missionaries, to religion in art, to exploring other faith traditions.
    • Oct 7:        Jennifer Powell, “Habits of the Heart.” Come and learn about the survey results from this summer’s 4-week survey on important areas of the life of the church.  The results reveal a great deal of helpful, hopeful, and interesting things about us!
    • Nov 4:       Dr. Brian Unwin, “Growing Old Ain’t for Sissies.” No matter your stage of life, time and age takes its toll.  Dr. Brian Unwin is a leading gerontologist, whose passion is helping families and individuals prepare for the future.

Midweek at Second

  • Thursday Morning Study (October, 9:30am – 11:00am) – Each year, facilitator Bill Logan leads this class through the study of engaging and through provoking texts that explore our faith.  Fall 2018 Schedule: Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25.
  • Discipleship Class (Thursdays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm) – Beginning in September, the Discipleship Class focuses on various studies from The Great Course series.
  • Hungry Women (Thursdays, 11:00am – 12:00pm) – Women are invited to explore interesting faith-inspired texts focused on faith integrated with engaging conversation. Fall 2018 schedule: Oct. 4, 11, 18, Nov. 1, and 8.
  • Contemplative Prayer (Tuesdays, 12:00pm – 1:00pm) – Each week, this small group of seekers engages in contemplative prayer. Enjoy spiritual practices, both ancient and new. All are welcome in this life-giving practice.
  • Sacred and Profane: Exploring the Sacred in Opera (Wednesdays, 1:00pm – 3:30pm) – Today, the opportunities we have to listen to this sublime genre have to be sought out to be enjoyed, yet so many of its story lines and themes lend themselves beautifully to discussions on faith. Beginning September 26, join this special 7-week course to watch, listen, and explore three operas and their religious themes: Samson and Delilah, Dialogues des Carmelites, and Parsifal. Fall 2018 schedule: Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, and 14.

Special Opportunities for Adults

Evening VBS:

  • Evening VBS is an intergenerational, annual event at Second Pres, and it showcases special opportunities for education and growth for all ages. Evening VBS encompasses four evenings full of fellowship, learning and fun! Each summer, we host an invited speaker to speak for four nights about a specific topic or theme.
  • Our 2018 Evening VBS keynote speaker was the Reverend Christopher Edmonston from White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Reverend Edmonston’s theme was, “Telling God’s Story in Three Acts.”

The Edmunds Lecture:

  • The Edmunds Lecture series is hosted in conjunction with St. John’s Dodson Lecture Series. Second Presbyterian hosts the series on even-numbered years. This November 11 and 12 (Sunday and Monday), we welcome guest speaker Ted Wardlaw, president of Austin Theological Seminary.

Talking With Our Children: A Conversation for Parents and Grandparents:

  • Our children and grandchildren are growing up in a very different world. One where the world of information is at their fingertips, and yet, sometimes hard conversations are most needed within families and communities. Second Presbyterian is a place of learning and of faith, and the church often provides opportunities for parents and children to grow. What better place to have some of these hard conversations and equip parents and grandparents to start these necessary and difficult conversations.
  • SAVE THE DATES – experts from our community will be coming to Second for informative and interactive conversations on hard topics. The goal is to equip us caregivers, so we can have the difficult conversations with our children and grandchildren. Avoiding these conversations is never helpful. Learning how to approach kids at various developmental and learning stages with these hard conversations is a great place to start. Dates and topics are as follows:
    • October 21, 2018 – 5-6:15 pm: Drugs / Alcohol – moderated by Melanie Morris of the Roanoke Prevention Alliance
    • November 11, 2018 – 5-6:15 pm: Racism – moderated by Brenda Hale, Roanoke NAACP Chapter President
    • December 2, 2018 – 5-6:15 pm: Sexuality – moderated by Dr. Laura Farmer, Va. Tech School of Counseling
    • January 13, 2018 – 5-6:15 pm: Loss / Death – moderated by Lindsey McKinnon, Roanoke resident and church friend
    • February 10, 2018 – 5-6:15 pm: Depression / Loneliness in kids and adults – moderated by Sarah Cocowich, LPC
  • Church kids will be invited to participate in choir or youth group during these conversations. All are welcome!

The Edmunds Lecture

The Edmunds Lecture series is hosted in conjunction with St. John’s Dodson Lecture Series. Second Presbyterian hosts the series on even-numbered years.

Edmunds Lecture 2018

  • “Memory and Hope – To Do Them Well”
  • This November 11 and 12 (Sunday and Monday), we welcome guest speaker Ted Wardlaw, president of Austin Theological Seminary.
  • Lectures at 7:00 p.m.; receptions to follow each evening.

About the Speaker:

  • The Reverend Dr. Theodore J. Wardlaw became the ninth president of Austin Theological Seminary on November 9, 2002. Wardlaw came to Austin Seminary from Atlanta, GA, where he served as pastor of Central Presbyterian Church from 1991 – 2002. Dr. Wardlaw has served in numerous churches in the east and southeast. A native of South Carolina, Ted Wardlaw is a graduate of Presbyterian College, and he earned his divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now Union Presbyterian Seminary). At Union, he won a graduate fellowship to continue his studies at Yale University Divinity School, where he earned a Masters of Sacred Theology in American Church History (Magna Cum Laude). As a parish pastor, he served on the Board of Visitors at Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, as a member of the Board of Trustees at Union Presbyterian Seminary and as a member of the Board of Trustees at Montreat Conference Center. Dr. Wardlaw has written for The Christian Century, Journal for Preachers, Call to Worship, and The Presbyterian Outlook.

Trent Get-Away

(August 10 – 12, 2018) – This special annual retreat weekend provides opportunities to study, worship, grow spiritually, make new friends, and enjoy time in recreation! The Trent Get-Away is a weekend of intergenerational fellowship held at Massanetta Springs in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Programs and activities are available for all ages.

Gals Gathering

(November 2nd – 3rd, 2018)– Each fall, women are invited for a weekend of refreshment, nurturing of faith and fellowship. Join the 2018 GALS Retreat at Camp Alta Mons!

Kairos Worship & Study

(Wednesdays in Lent) – Beginning with Ash Wednesday, a weekly Lenten service is offered, followed by opportunities to study. Beginning March 13, 2019, join a special 5-week class, exploring the theological and scriptural themes in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (6:40pm-7:30pm).