Adult Faith Formation
It is out of gratitude that we worship God and want to be more like Christ. We hope you will plan to participate in adult faith formation. It can happen 24/7, on campus and off campus, in person and online. The opportunities are rich. Where would you like to get connected on your faith journey in adult faith formation?
Terms to Know
- GH – Grace Hall building
- SB – Sea Brook building
- Sunday School – We bring back a term most familiar to everyone, Sunday School. Sunday School is our education time that meets on Sunday mornings.
- Small Group – These groups are short studies, and the group tends to offer support for group members. Remember to add an extra chair for visitors! Groups are always open.
- FOCUS – These are intentional, focused events and programs that happen less frequently than small groups. Men’s Group, Older Adults Group, Gathering Around Books (GAB) are FOCUS groups.
Sunday Mornings | Between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
THE MIDDLE (10-10:50 a.m.)
We are all in the middle of something. Some of us are in the middle of raising kids, our lives, taking care of parents etc. All of us are somewhere in the middle of our faith journey. This group explores and studies God’s message for them in these seasons of life. Initial studies in The Middle class this year include:
- Called: Hearing and Responding to God’s Voice, by Susan Robb, our Lenten author from 2022 (September – October)
- The Difficult Words of Jesus, by Amy-Jill Levine (October, November, early January)
- An Advent study yet to be selected.
Meet in SB 210.
ACADEMY OF SAINT JOHN (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
This lecture-style class approaches Scripture through the lens of academics whenever possible while using DVD resources to deepen the class presentation. Studies this fall include:
- Adam Hamilton’s Creed: What Christians Believe and Why (the Apostles’ Creed) in September/October
- The Wired Word is our curriculum in early November and will explore weekly current events through the lens of Scripture
- Amy-Jill Levine’s Light of the World: A Beginners Guide to Advent will round out the 2022 studies Advent November 27- December 18.
Meet in SB 206.
CONNECT 3 (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
This diverse and growing class studies Scripture through thematic and topical studies. Their curriculum line-up for the year includes:
- Called: Hearing and Responding to God’s Voice, by Susan Robb, our 2022 Lenten study author (September/October)
- Words of Life: Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today, by Adam Hamilton (October/November)
- Another Adam Hamilton study Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph (November 27 – December 18)
- 1 Corinthians: Searching the Depths of God, by Jaime Clark-Soles (January/February 2023)
- Courage: Jesus and the Call to Brave Faith, by Tom Berlin (February/March)
- Christianity and World Religions: Questions We Ask about Other Faiths, by Adam Hamilton (April/May).
This class has shared leadership among class members and is discussion-based. Participants in this class will also engage in mission and service opportunities locally and internationally, with scattered fellowship parties throughout the year! Meet in the Parlor.
THE HARBOR (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
The Harbor is an in-depth Bible study that includes presentation and discussion. This fall the class begins in Paul’s letter to the Romans. No preparation is necessary; the Bible is your study guide and text! Butch Hills facilitates and participants gain rich insight through a historical perspective of the text. Meet in GH 222.
YOUNGish ADULTS (10-10:50 a.m.)
While children and youth are connecting on Sunday mornings in their space, we hope parents and young adults will come together during the education hour for fellowship, conversation, and study in their newly renovated space – the library! This year our youngish adult curriculum includes:
- Doug Fields’ Intentional Parenting: 10 Ways to Be an Exceptional Parent in a Quick-Fix World (September/October)
- Adam Hamilton’s Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity (October/November)
- An Advent study yet to be named November 27 – December 18
- Love to Stay: Six Keys to a Successful Marriage, by Adam Hamilton (January/February 2023), followed by the church-wide Lenten study.
Meets in the SB Library.
Beyond Sunday Mornings
Other Days of the Week...
MEN’S MORNING STUDY
This is an informal group of men, ranging in age from 20’s to 70’s dedicated to learning more about the Bible as they study the Bible one book at a time, reading and discussing about one chapter per week. There is NO HOMEWORK, and the Bible is the curriculum. The group gathers for breakfast and fellowship at Page’s Okra Grill on the first Friday of the month at 7 a.m.
MEN & WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Class selects material on a study-by-study basis. This group also typically participates in church-wide small group studies. Meets on the MPPC campus. Sunday at 4 p.m.
If you are a young person and looking for a small group for (mostly) post-college young people, consider joining The In-Between. The group is an informal Bible study that gathers around Mount Pleasant for study and fellowship. Contact Dan Wiard for more information.
Sunday Night Live
Sunday Night Live begins again in 2023, and you can register on Realm. It’s a whole new semester, so children and adults should register accordingly for programs/classes and for dinners. Remember, meals and programs are separate sign ups. A typical Sunday looks like this:
- 4:30-5:00 p.m.- Angel Notes (preschool) and Kingdom Choir (elementary)
- 5:00-5:30 – Dinner for youth and adults ($8/adults, $5 for children five and younger)
- 5:30-6:30 – Bible Time & Crafts (preschool), JAM (grades K-2), Kids Alive (grades 3-5)
- 5:30-6:30 – Adult Studies
On the fourth Sunday of the month, we have a churchwide mission night for children, youth and adults!
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN (PW) CIRCLES
The 2022-23 Presbyterian Women Horizons Bible Study is entitled “Celebrating Sabbath: Accepting God’s Gift of Rest and Delight.” In the nine lessons of this Bible study—with passages from Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Isaiah, Matthew, Luke, and Acts—we’ll consider Sabbath…
- as a celebration, not a day of dreary formality
- as God’s intent for all of creation that includes busy women too
- as one day of the week, perhaps a Sunday
- as a time to surrender unhealthy striving and frantic busyness, and instead trust that God will provide
- as a reminder that life is precious and working too much is against God’s plans for our precious lives
- as a day devoted to community and justice and not exclusively to self-care.
Ultimately, Sabbath reminds us to honor God who honors us by giving us a day each week to reset our pace, our priorities, and our lives.
PW CIRCLE 3 – 2nd Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
PW CIRCLE 4 – 2nd Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
PW CIRCLE 5 – 2nd Thursday at noon via Zoom
PW CIRCLE 6 – Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.