Adult Ministries

Sunday School

FPC offers Sunday School classes whose topics, age ranges, and leadership formats vary widely. Here is a list of our adult Sunday school classes for 2016.

College and Career
Christian Ed Resource Room, Main Building Upper Level

Open to college students as well as young professionals, this group shares ideas around “The Wired Word.” Each lesson includes biblical commentary and discussion questions related to a topic in the news that week. Informal presentation with thought-provoking conversation, this class is a way to stay engaged with growing in the faith by creating community and fellowship.

Classroom across from Library, Main Building Lower Level
Dag Rowe and Bill Lummus, Co-leaders

The Comrades Class is a Bible study group that is organized by subject matter or topic rather than by following a specific book of the Bible from start to finish. This class places emphasis on basic Christian beliefs and how those beliefs should be translated into action in the lives of modern Americans.  Contemporary issues are discussed in the context of Bible teachings. Each lesson includes a variety of scripture references that clarify or expand on the points being discussed. Topics covered in the recent past included series on The Patriarchs, Christians in Society, Our Spirituality, Our Holiness, and Our Relationship with God. This year's topics will be decided by the class and teacher as the year moves along.  We expect to add The Wired Word, which provides resources for discussing current events/issues, to our list of resources. The class material is pertinent to Christians of all ages and everyone is welcome.

Study, Main Building Upper Level
Drew and Leslie Lockhart

Our class will continue to explore the Christian Faith and its implications upon our lives using various books and video studies. Our leadership rotates, and each leader chooses the study topic. We typically use a variety of video studies by leaders such as Adam Hamilton, a United Methodist pastor and teacher, to jump start our group discussions. Come join us as we consider other studies to broaden and strengthen our faith and understanding.

LL Classroom C, Education Wing
Rev. Charles Danner

This class explores various subjects of interest for faithful living in an academic way, using essays, articles, and excerpts from books, magazines, the internet, etc. This fall, we will explore “Living the Questions:  The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity.”  This class will tackle some tough theological issues and discuss what the future of Christianity will look like. In true seminar fashion, Rev. Danner does not teach but facilitates sharing and discussion. Each member is invited to participate.

Classroom C, Education Wing Upper Level 
Coordinator: Marshall Schreeder

This Sunday morning class is designed for adults in their 30's and 40's. Using a diverse set of curricular materials, the topics of study help members examine faith in a practical way—exploring scripture, theology, and spirituality. In the past, we have studied Jesus' parables, the Stations of the Cross, various DVD and sermon series focused on community, discipleship and outreach, and seasonal studies including Advent and Lent.

Presbyterian Women 

All women of FPC are considered to be members of the Presbyterian Women. Small groups of women, called Circles, meet the second Monday of each month October - May for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. This year's study will be God's Promise: I Am With You by Amy Poling Sutherlin. Call the church office for more information.

WEDNESDAY NITE LIVE! fellowship

Wednesday nights offer children, youth, and adults an opportunity for fellowship and study. Click this link for more information.

SmALL GROUPS
Sunday Evening Study Group - Sundays, 6:00-7:30 pm in the Library, with Charlie Bozeman
This small group watches and discusses video series. The current study is Dream.Think.Be.Do.  It's not about "what" to believe.  It's not about projecting someone else's "truth." It's a springboard for conversation about what's next for those who follow Jesus.  "Love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind," (Luke 10:27) is the place to start. 

Bible Study Group - Tuesdays, 4-5 pm with childcare, or Thursdays, 10 am, in the Library
Join Pastor Tara as we travel through the book of Acts. Learn about how the new church of Jesus Christ was formed and sustained. There will be some scholarship, some prayer and sharing together, and lots of discussion about how the biblical text impacts our lives. Both groups will study the same passages each week so you can attend the session that best fits your schedule in a given week.  All are welcome.

FPC Men's Study Group - Wednesdays, 7:00 am in Fellowship Hall
Topics alternate, sometimes hearing speakers or reading a book, as we study the Word and spend time in prayer together.  Breakfast is served on the first Wednesday of each month.

Thursday Morning Prayer Group - Thursdays, 11:15 am in the Library
This small group enjoys fellowship, study, and the practice of prayer as we explore the many different methods of being in relationship with God. It also intentionally lifts the needs of this particular congregation. Drop-ins are welcome.

Early Christians - Saturdays, 7:30 am in the Library, with Bert Moore
The Early Christians study group will discuss Amy-Jill Levine's Teaching Company presentation on Great Figures of the New Testament.  All are welcome for fellowship and discussion. Come as you are and bring your own morning beverage. The presentation begins promptly at 7:45.  
 
 Transformation Yoga: Yoga from a Christian Perspective - Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Carriage House
Basic Level: 9:30 - 11:00 am
Gentle Level: 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Classes are taught by Lori Smith who is certified with the National Yoga Alliance and leads classes, workshops, and retreats in the North Alabama area.

Prayer Shawl Ministry - Wednesdays, 1:30 pm in the Library
This group fellowships with one another while knitting and crocheting to support the ministries of our congregation, such as prayer shawls to comfort members in need and colorful caps as gifts to our mission partners.  All are welcome!