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...
This weekly Bible Study is open to men and women of all ages and is looking at the Gospel of Luke. Monday at 6:45 p.m. in GH 123.
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
It’s an all-new lineup on Sunday nights for children, youth, and adults that includes fellowship, dinner, and program opportunities. We call it “Sunday Night Live” where you will find all children’s choirs, children’s programs Bible Time & Crafts (preschool), JAM (grades K-2), Kids Alive (grades 3-5), youth music, Cornerstone Youth Ministry youth group, and adult studies. It’s a place for everyone. Together. A multi-age event. And there are even hands-on mission opportunities scattered throughout Sunday Night Live’s schedule. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged; you can register for the entire semester block or specific Sundays that work best for you and your family. $8/person, $5/child 5 and younger.
- 4-5 p.m. – Confirmation Class
- 4:30-5 p.m. – Children’s choirs: Angel Notes (preschool), Kingdom Choir (elementary)
- 4:30-5 p.m. – Adult Conversation & Interest Groups
- 5-5:30 p.m. – Dinner
- 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Children’s Program: Bible Time & Crafts, JAM, Kids Alive
- 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Adult Study Options
PART OF GOD’S STORY
What will be our story when we are no longer here? It is a question many of us may wonder but what is amazing about our story is that it is part of God’s story. Our story is alongside God’s work through Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Peter, James, Martha, Mary, John, Esther, and Ruth to name but a few. And Jesus prayed for us along with so many others before he died. We are part of God’s amazing story and that’s what makes our story amazing.
Part of God’s Story is a three-part program on Sunday evenings. Whether we are in our twenties, single and free, married with or without children, or whether we are in our eighties, we have a story to tell and we find stories fascinating. Part of God’s Story is an opportunity to begin to preserve our story, leaving a legacy of who we are and whose we are for those we choose to tell. All are welcome!
Fall – Beginning our story through Bible study and guided questions.
Winter – Genealogy and lineage, our bigger story.
Spring – Beliefs and value, what we believe.
CALLED TO LIFE: AN INVITATION TO A MISSIONAL WAY OF BEING
by Rev. John Hage and Ruling Elder Ellen Creed Branham. Facilitated by Rev. Bart W. Edwards
Almost a decade ago, Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church began a missional study based on this work. Although much has changed at MPPC and in the world over the last decade, the mission of God and life as a missional church continues. This excellent study will lead participants to consider and better understand how we as individuals and a church can discern and follow God’s call in 2022 and beyond. Prayerfully discern how you will grow in your faith this fall at MPPC, and as you do consider these words from Frederick Buechner: The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
Together, let’s explore and listen for the ways God is calling us, find the deep hungers of the world and see what happens when they meet!
GATHERING AROUND BOOKS (The GAB Group)
Do you love to read and discuss what you have read with fellow bibliophiles? This group may be just what you are looking for! Each month we gather for a discussion of a fiction or non-fiction book which may not be overtly religious but contains content and themes that can be discussed from a faith perspective. Discussions are facilitated by Parish Associate Lib McGregor Simmons. Even if you have not finished the book (or haven’t even cracked it open and gotten as far as the first page!), you are invited to grab your favorite happy hour beverage and drop in on the lively Zoom discussion! Register here. 4th Friday of the month at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom.
- September 23 – Made in China by Anna Qu
- October 28 – Beloved by Toni Morrison
- November 25 – Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor
- No meeting in December
- (2023) January 27 – The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
The Old Testament books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon (also call the Song of Songs) were once attributed to King Solomon. Scholars largely reject this authorship now and believe that their words flowed from the quills of more than one author. What the books have in common is that they address how one is to live wisely before God, and thus, they are characterized as “wisdom literature.” The class is facilitated by Lib McGregor Simmons. Email Lib to receive the calendar of readings and the Zoom link. Tuesdays, 12:10 p.m. via Zoom, Sept. 20-Dec. 6.
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.