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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.

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 2019 Evening VBS keynote speaker was Dr. Lewis Galloway who recently moved to Black Mountain after serving in Indianapolis for 14 years as the Senior Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church. Dr. Galloway’s theme for the event was, “Encountering Jesus in the Gospel of Mark.”
  • Children’s program leader, Meg Griffith, returned for the fourth year to lead a children’s theatre program for ages 4-years through middle school.
  • Stay tuned for updates on Evening VBS 2020!

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. For more information, see below.

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

  • Our children and grandchildren are growing up in a very different world–one where a 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 at home.
  • Experts from our community will be coming to Second for informative and interactive discussions on hard topics. The goal is to equip caregivers with the tools needed to feel more confident and prepared to begin these difficult conversations with the children in their lives. Avoiding these conversations is never helpful–learning how to approach children at various developmental and learning stages with these hard conversations is a great place to start. All are welcome!
  • Dates and topics for the 2019-2020 year coming soon!

The Edmunds Lecture

The Edmunds Lecture Series of Second Presbyterian was established in 1985 by S. Spencer “Buddy” Edmunds as a way of honoring his father’s commitment to joining scholarship with congregational life. Dr. Spencer Edmunds served Second Presbyterian as its Senior Minister from 1923-1941. The lectures continue to attract outstanding preachers and theologians to educate and inspire the Roanoke Valley.

Past lecturers include Bud Robertson, Walter Brueggemann, Barbara Brown Taylor, Miroslov Volf, N.T. Wright, F. Dale Bruner, Brian Blount, and Eric Wall, to name a few.

Original art has been produced for every lecture series since 1999, when Dr. Bud Robertson was the speaker. Each piece depicts the theme of the lecture the year in which it was commissioned. All the works can be found somewhere in the church facilities, with several them hanging in the hallway between the Associate Pastors’ offices. The hope is that the art collection of the church will inspire both memories and theological reflection.

The 2018 Edmunds Lecture, “Memory and Hope – To Do Them Well,” was held on November 11 and 12. The Rev. Dr. Theodore J. Wardlaw, President of Austin Theological Presbyterian Seminary, was our speaker.

The Edmunds Lecture series is hosted in conjunction with St. John’s Dodson Lecture Series. Second Presbyterian hosts the series on even-numbered years. Stay tuned for future updates on the 2020 Edmunds Lecture.

Trent Get-Away

(August 9 – 11, 2019) – 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.

The 2019 retreat will feature guest speaker Rev. Matt Gaventa, Senior Pastor of University Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX. This year’s theme is “On the Seventh Day.”

Gals Gathering

(November 1st – 2nd, 2019)– Each fall, women are invited for a weekend of refreshment, nurturing of faith and fellowship. Join the 2019 GALS Retreat at Camp Alta Mons! Our guest speaker will be Ginny Taylor-Troutman from Durham, NC. She is a PC(USA) minister, former director of campus ministries at Virginia Tech, and currently a stay-at-home mother and wife. She’s a wonderful preacher and teacher and we look forward to having her with us. More info to come soon. Save the date and plan to be with us!

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).