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.

Online Adult Sunday School

During this time of social distancing, it is important that we remain connected, remain hopeful, and continue to find ways to further grow in our faith. So while we cannot be together within the church halls, our pastors are making available online Adult Sunday School lessons each week. A playlist has been added to our YouTube channel, Second Presbyterian Church Roanoke, and is available here.

Program Year

Sunday School is offered September – May from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
*Click HERE to view our 2019-2020 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 eight-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 – (Begins October 6, 2019) On the first Sunday of each month, drop in for an interesting topic or guest speaker. Topics range from updates from our mission partners, stories from the history of Second, religion in art, and other important topics facing the modern church.
  • Believing & Belonging – (Fall Dates: September 22 & 29, 2019) Join our senior minister Dr. George Anderson for a seasonal two-week class on what it means to be a Presbyterian, and what it means to be member of Second Presbyterian Church. This is a great class for visitors and new members.
Midweek at Second
  • Discipleship Class (Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.) – Beginning September 12, 2019, the Discipleship Class focuses on various studies from The Great Courses series.
  • Hungry Women (Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) – Women are invited to explore interesting faith-inspired texts focused on faith integrated with engaging conversation. Fall 2019 schedule: Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov. 4, and 14.
  • Contemplative Prayer (Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.) – 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 Part Deux: An Exploration of the Sacred in Opera (Wednesdays, 1:00-2:10 p.m.) – 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 18, join this special 10-week course to watch, listen, and explore three operas and their religious themes: Nabucco, Thaïs, and Tannhaüser.

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.

  • After much prayerful consideration, we are excited to announce some very big updates to the 2020 Evening Vacation Bible School for Adults and Morning Vacation Bible School for Children. For years, we have followed traditional formats for both events, but living in the world of COVID-19, we have been pulled to think a little more creatively for Summer 2020. It is with great excitement that we announce Second’s very first Churchwide Staycation Bible School!
  • For the month of July, Second will take part in a multi-generational program, focusing on the stories of Jesus at the table and centering around our table life at home. Each week will include a special digital class for adults from the Rev. Jenny McDevitt, as well as children’s VBS programs like energizers, crafts, music, and Bible storytelling for children. Lessons and projects will “drop” digitally on Sunday evenings, and can be enjoyed anytime in the week that follows. Each week’s program will include a spiritual practice for your family’s mealtime, as well as a special recipe you can try (knowing your Second family is sharing in the same foods around their tables!). Planning is also underway to include middle and high school youth in this multi-generational event.
  • Click HERE for more information on Staycation Bible School, July 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:

It can be hard to broach difficult subjects with our children and grandchildren. As Christians, however, we know we have a role to play in shaping young children’s hearts as they grow to encounter difficult realities in our world. Each scheduled evening, join this group of adults exploring ways to equip themselves to have difficult but important conversations with the children in their lives about faith, care for the environment, ways to treat our neighbors, and other important issues for today. Come for every class, or join in for particular discussions you are interested in. This class meets in conjunction with our children’s choir and is scheduled monthly throughout the program year.

Dates and topics for the 2019-2020 program year:

  • November 3, 2019 – “Child Abuse Prevention: Keeping Children Safe and Informed”
    • Guest facilitator: Donna Hopkins Britt, Education Coordinator at Children’s Trust
    • 5:00-6:15 p.m. (Reading Room)
    • Join us for this discussion to learn what we need to know about abuse, its prevalence, how to talk with our children about abuse, what signs to look for, and what to do if you are uncertain or have concerns. Donna Hopkins Britt, Education Coordinator at Children’s Trust has been teaching child abuse prevention programming for children and adults since 2014. Elementary students learn ways to keep themselves safe as well as to talk with adults when they feel unsafe. She also facilitates a child sexual abuse prevention training for adults called “Stewards of Children,” used recently by our Second Presbyterian preschool staff. Prior to that, she was Senior Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church from 2000-2014 and Associate Pastor beginning in 1995, having received her training at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.  She has been married to Brian Britt since 1997. They have two teenagers at Patrick Henry High School and two rescued Labrador retrievers.

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 Getaway

The Trent Getaway is a weekend of intergenerational fellowship which provides opportunities to study, worship, grow spiritually, make new friends, and enjoy time in recreation! Programs and activities are available for all ages.

The 2020 Trent Getaway Church Retreat has been postponed until August, 2021. For those of you that like to plan ahead, the dates for our 2021 Trent Getaway at Eagle Eyrie are on the calendar for August 20-22, 2021. If you have any questions or if you are interested in helping to plan for the August 2021 retreat, please contact the church office.

GALS Gathering

Each fall, women are invited for a weekend of refreshment and nurturing of faith and fellowship.

  • The 2019 GALS Retreat was held at Camp Alta Mons on November 1st & 2nd. The theme was “The Greatest of These is Love,” and our guest speaker was Ginny Taylor-Troutman from Chapel Hill, NC. She is a PC(USA) minister, former director of campus ministries at Virginia Tech, and currently a stay-at-home mother and wife.
  • Stay tuned for information on the 2020 retreat.

Men's Retreat

Our first ever Men’s Retreat was held at Eagle Eyrie Conference Center on November 8-9, 2019. The Men’s Retreat serves as an opportunity to reflect with others about how to keep one’s Christian balance at home, work, church and among friends.

  • The theme for 2019 centered on the life of David, a deeply flawed man who, nevertheless, is remembered for being a man of great faith. The retreat was led by Dr. George C. Anderson, Senior Pastor.
  • Stay tuned for information on the 2020 Men’s Reatreat.

Kairos Worship & Study

(Wednesdays in Lent) – Beginning with Ash Wednesday, a casual Lenten worship service is offered for six weeks (6:00-6:30pm), followed by opportunities for study (6:40-7:30pm).

Kairos is an ancient Greek word that means “the right or opportune moment.” It has been used over the centuries to describe time for spiritual reflection, and even, to put it simply, “God’s time.” For these six Wednesdays in Lent, we invite you to create space in your week to experience the Holy.

Presbyterian Women

Presbyterian Women (PW) is an independent organization of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and generously supported by Second Presbyterian Church. The three main ideas for Presbyterian Women are Bible study, fellowship and mission.

There are two Circles of Presbyterian Women at Second. The meetings take place at the church on the second Tuesday of the month from September through June. The Morning Circle meets at 10:30 a.m. and Evening Circle meets at 7:00 p.m.  There are no dues, and missions are supported by pledges of the members.

This is a wonderful way to make closer friends within the church family; explore faith; participate in local, national and global mission work; and grow spiritually. PW is open to all women and is a friendly, welcoming community.  Please contact Carol Cole for more information.

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