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 this fall. 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
- Small Group +1 – These groups are based on a small group concept; short studies and the group tends to offer support for group members. The +1 is the idea that no group should ever be closed; we should always be inviting others into our ministry and always make room for Christ. “Sunday School” will become a Small Group +1.
- 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.
- GH – Grace Hall building
- SB – Sea Brook building
Small Groups +1 Opportunities
Sunday Mornings | 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. The class will participate in The Disciple Making Church small group study. SB 210.
This diverse and growing class moves to the Parlor this fall as they study Scripture through thematic and topical studies. Among Bible studies this Small Group +1 class will use is the new PCUSA curriculum Follow Me that looks at Christian Practices. The Wired Word, a weekly email study on current news in and around the world, is also available to all Connect 3 participants. Participants in this class will also engage in mission and service opportunities locally and internationally, with scattered fellowship parties throughout the year! Begins via ZOOM on 9/12 with plans to move into the Parlor.
ACADEMY OF SAINT JOHN
This lecture-style class approaches Scripture through the lens of academics whenever possible while using DVD resources to deepen the class presentation. Speakers from MPPC missions are scattered throughout the year. Studies include Seeing Grey in a Black and White World (Adam Hamilton), The New Testament You Never Knew (N. T. Wright) and He Chose Nails (Max Lucado). SB 206.
SEEKERS AND SOWERS
This class explores the Bible verse by verse using curriculum and creative topics as its guide. This inductive Bible study follows three simple steps: observation, interpretation, and application. 1, 2, 3 John and a theme of “forgiveness” are on tap for this fall. Begins via ZOOM on 9/12 with plans to move into SB 207.
The Harbor is an in-depth Bible study that includes presentation and discussion. Past studies included a look at Moses and a study of the book of Exodus. No preparation necessary unless participants want to read ahead. The Bible is your study guide and text! GH 222.
NEW this fall is a class for young adults! While children and youth are connecting in their space, we hope parents and young adults of all walks of life will come together for fellowship, conversation, and study. We begin with one large group and learn about each other. In the following weeks, we will break into smaller groups as we grow together in our discipleship and in the areas you request. GH 123.
Small Groups +1
Other Days of the Week...
This weekly Bible Study is open to men and women of all ages and focuses on spiritual development. Current study: The Chosen video study found on YouTube and its own App. Monday at 6:30 p.m.
YOUNG ADULT WOMEN’S SMALL GROUP
If you are a young woman and looking for a small group for women, consider joining our young women’s small group. The group is an informal Bible study that gathers around Mount Pleasant. The group currently meets on Tuesdays. Email Dan Wiard for more information. Tuesdays, Time TBD.
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.
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 Word. We study the Bible a book at a time, reading and discussing about a chapter of a given book a week. NO HOMEWORK. Only text used is the Bible itself, and we have them available if you forget yours. We will meet for breakfast and fellowship at Page’s Okra Grill on the first Friday of the month. First Friday of the month at 7 a.m.
Wednesdays at the Well
Because of the recent surge of COVID, Wednesdays at the Well is modified. We will offer the small group study The Disciple Making Church via Zoom and in person for six weeks beginning September 22. The time and format will be based on interest for Wednesday evening, with options being 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The other components of Wednesdays at the Well will be paused until a later date. Signup is now available through Realm.
About the book: The Disciple Making Church explores discipleship and what it means to be a disciple and a disciple making church through the refreshing and creative authorship of Glenn McDonald. McDonald weaves vivid Scriptural insights and the wisdom of scholars as he looks at what Jesus really meant when he said, “go forth and make disciples.” Participants will want to evaluate the way we live and minister as disciples by the end of the study.
The Disciple Making Church (Part 1) – September 22-October 27
General Schedule for Adults:
5-6 p.m. – Small Group option
7-8 p.m. – Small Group option
WHAT MY GRANDMOTHERS TAUGHT ME
Grandmothers can have an important place in our faith formation. Their presence and their wise words can impact our life choices and our personal relationship with God for a life-time. In the New Testament, the Gospel of Matthew names specific women for a reason – Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. As we discover these women’s stories, we can ask ourselves: How might Jesus have heard the stories of his grandmothers? What might the young Jesus have felt as he heard about his family? What might the stories of these women have added to his sense of identity, as part of a particular family in a particular time and place? I wonder if we have thought much about Jesus’ grandmothers and what these grandmothers-of-the-Faith teach us? Their stories – What My Grandmothers Taught Me – will lead us into the gospel, the good news about Jesus Christ and we will have a richer idea of what the good news is.
Participants may wish to obtain a copy of the Horizons Bible Study What My Grandmothers Taught Me: Learning from the Women in Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus although this is not required. If you are a circle Bible leader or a circle member who will miss your monthly meeting, you especially will value the monthly study session. And take note: the class is NOT for women only. Register at mppc.net/events. Last Sunday of the month, August-April, 7 p.m. via Zoom.
August 29 – Family Trees
September 26 – Tamar
October 31 – Rahab
November 28 – Ruth and Loyal Love
December 26 – Ruth and Redemption
January 30 – Bathsheba
February 27 – Mary
March 27 – Mary and the Faith Tradition of the Church
April 24 – What Are These Women Doing in a Place Like This?
Sometimes we have questions about Scripture. Do I really believe that? Is that what really happened in the biblical story? What if scholars are shedding new light on how to interpret a passage, but that’s not what I was taught? Or what if asking different questions shows a story in different light? Wondering is a Bible study where we encourage questions; it’s a Bible study that might have more questions than answers. Bring your Bibles and an open mind as we explore the Bible! Register for the Zoom link or contact Dan Wiard. 1st Monday of the month, October-May, 7 p.m. via Zoom.
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.
Books chosen so far:
September 24 – Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout
October 22 – Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
PERAMBULATING WITH PAUL
This fall we will be Perambulating with Paul with readings from Acts and his writings in I Thessalonians, I and II Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, and Romans. All are welcome to join the lively discussion facilitated by Parish Associate Lib McGregor Simmons which will meet via Zoom from 12:10-1 p.m. on Tuesdays. The daily readings begin in September with the first meeting scheduled for September 7. Email Rev. Lib McGregor Simmons to indicate your interest in the class. A reminder will be sent each week to participants. Tuesdays, 12:10 p.m. via Zoom beginning September 7.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN (PW) CIRCLES
The 2021-22 Presbyterian Women Horizons Bible Study is entitled “What My Grandmothers Taught Me: Learning from the Women in Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus.” Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary—Matthew names these women for a reason. How might Jesus have heard the stories of his grandmothers? What can these Grandmothers-of-the-Faith teach us? By exploring these stories together, we will gain a richer understanding of God’s good news in Jesus Christ. Times vary, see below.
PW CIRCLE 2 – 3rd Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
PW CIRCLE 3 – 2nd Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
PW CIRCLE 4 – 2nd Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.
PW CIRCLE 5 – 2nd Thursday at noon
PW CIRCLE 6 – Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. Six week study beginning 9/12 using different women’s studies.