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. 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. 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:
- 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! Meets in the SB Library.
Beyond Sunday Mornings
Other Days of the Week...
FRIDAY MORNING STUDY
Previously known as the “Men’s Friday Morning Bible Study,” the group is open to all (men and women!) who want to study Scripture and have great fellowship. The group meets in-person in the Parlor at 7 a.m. on Fridays. Bring your Bible!
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 2023–2024 PW/Horizons Bible study, Sacred Encounters: The Power and Presence of Jesus Christ in Luke-Acts by Olive Mahabir, invites readers to consider Jesus, “the good shepherd” (Luke 10:15), who shared the Good News through sacred encounters with everyday people.
The Gospel According to Luke and the book of the Acts of the Apostles, or Luke-Acts “one story in two parts,” demonstrate the unfolding of God’s redemptive purposes in human history and present a distinctive perspective on the person and work of Jesus Christ. Written by Luke, a physician and traveling companion of Paul, the message to the early Christian community (and to us) is radical, inclusive, and hope-filled.
MPPC has PW Circles that meet monthly from September to May (or June), find one of them works with your schedule below!
PW CIRCLE 4 – “Circle of Sisters” – 2nd Wednesday at 9:30 a.m, Parlor
PW CIRCLE 5 – “Sisters in Christ” – 2nd Thursday at noon, Parlor