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 10:00am – 11:00am.

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 9-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 1, 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 through provoking texts that explore our faith.
  • Discipleship Class (Thursdays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm) – Beginning in September, the Discipleship Class focuses on various studies from The Great Course series.
  • Hungry Women (every other Thursday, 11am – 12pm) – Women are invited to explore interesting faith-inspired texts focused on faith integrated with engaging conversation.
  • Contemplative Prayer (Tuesdays, 12pm – 1pm) – 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.

Monthly at Second

  • POP-UP Sunday School – Beginning October 1, 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 through provoking texts that explore our faith.
  • Discipleship Class (Thursdays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm) – Beginning in September, the Discipleship Class focuses on various studies from The Great Course series.
  • Hungry Women (every other Thursday, 11am – 12pm) – Women are invited to explore interesting faith-inspired texts focused on faith integrated with engaging conversation.
  • Contemplative Prayer (Tuesdays, 12pm – 1pm) – 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.

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. Come join us for evenings full of fellowship, learning and fun!

Dinner will be held on Sunday night only. Refreshments will be made available after the lecture Monday through Wednesday.

June 10 – 13, 2018: “Telling God’s Story in Three Acts”

  • We live in the age of memoir and intense storytelling. How should we be telling our own stories? Are there clues to help us listen more effectively to the stories of others? How do we receive and share God’s story?
  • Looking at selected biblical texts (Jonah, the Prodigal Son, Paul and the Centurion, etc.) we’ll explore at how the Bible shares the story of God and humankind and unlock some keys to help us both tell our stories and listen to others in ways which honor differences and celebrate traditions. In these days of public conflict run amok, learning these skills holds a key to learning to love and respect our easiest and most difficult neighbors. We’ll tell our stories, hear others’ stories, and learn about how the three acts of biblical storytelling unlock the framework of God’s grace itself.

About the Guest Speaker:

  • Christopher Edmonston is pastor at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh NC. In addition to preaching, teaching, and writing, Christopher has moderated Presbytery Committees, serves on the Montreat Retreat Association Board, the Union Presbyterian Seminary Board and has served as the President of the Board of the Presbyterian Outlook. He is a contributor to Feasting on the Gospels and is a former member of the national strategy team and current member of the national advisory team for NEXT Church. Christopher is a graduate of Davidson College, Union Presbyterian Seminary, and Columbia Theological Seminary. We look forward to an engaging week with Christopher Edmonston!

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.

Evening VBS Schedule

Sunday, June 10:

  • 6:00-6:45 p.m. Dinner
  • 6:45-7:00 p.m. Hymns
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. Lecture/Children’s Program

Monday-Wednesday, June 11-13:

  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Lecture/Children’s Program
  • 7:30-7:45 p.m. Refreshments in Kirk Hall

RSVP: Please contact the church office to register by Monday, June 4. * (540) 343-3659 or stacy@spres.org

Trent Get-Away

(August 10 – 12) – 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 inter-generational fellowship held at Massanetta Springs in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Programs and activities are available for all ages.

Gals Gathering

(November 2nd – November 3rd)– 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.