Our church continues to provide a variety of in-person, online, and hybrid opportunities for adults to engage in faith formation at times and places convenient for them. We offer regular, on-going small group studies as well as short-term interest groups by topic. As we resume safe in-person gatherings, additional offerings will be added. Be sure to visit frequently to see available options and what’s new.
“O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples…Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.”
Psalm 105:1, 3-4
recurring and upcoming events
Click the button below to register for the event on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 6:30 PM. Cost is $25 which includes the study book and additional surprises!
NEXT EVENT: Monday, September 20 at 6:30 PM
Don’t miss the chance to participate in this new initiative that seeks to encourage women of First Pres to bond through worship, faith development, fellowship, and fun. Featuring a large group worship/instruction time and small group discussions hosted by trained “table talk” leaders, women of all ages can joyfully connect, pray, experience in-depth group and individual bible study, and get to know each other better. Pre-registration for materials is required and will begin in August. Jubilate! orientation will be held in mid-September. Check back right here for dates and details.
Open to any adult desiring a short-term (4 to 8 week) in-depth study, these classes will encourage and challenge individuals to cultivate a life devoted to God’s Word and a profound relationship with Christ Jesus.
Every Step of the Way: Psalms for the Journey
Our pastors unpacked our spring theme of Every Step of the Way using selected psalms. Classes met for 45 minutes, once-a-week, for 4 weeks in May. You haven’t missed this opportunity for an in-depth bible study with our pastors – check out the recorded sessions here:
Youtube® Playlist for The Weekly Word
take a "Deep Dive" into scripture
Click the button below to view, then download or print the latest installment of our daily Bible reading plan for 2021. Remember to join us at The Diving Board (Facebook® Group Forum) for interactive and responsive conversation as you spend time with the Word each day.
2021 Daily Bible Reading Plan
Facebook® Group Forum for Discussing Deep Dive
Consider the Weekly Word
Every week this summer we will offer a short video reflection on the previous Sunday’s sermon and its connection to the Deep Dive readings for the week. Get a “Weekly Word” from one of our pastors with insight and encouragement as you continue your daily bible reading plan.
Youtube® Playlist for Reflecting on Sermon & Deep Dive
Designed for those interested in learning about the Bible’s message to original listeners and exploring what it may be saying to them today. Quarterly theme presented in a lecture format with rotating teachers.
Spring 2021: Prophets Faithful to God’s Covenant
Summer 2021: Confident Hope
Men meet Sundays at 10:00 AM in Gallant Chapel.
Women meet Sundays at 10:00 AM in Room 223.
Classes meet jointly in the Gallant Chapel for the summer.
In-depth Bible study for mature adults who enjoy approaching Scripture from a different point of view. Facilitator: Jane Terry
Starting May 2, 2021: Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible by Don Reid
Scoundrels and heroes often occupy the same territory! Don Reid, best known as a Statler Brother, is also the author of over 200 songs and is a Presbyterian Sunday School teacher. This wonderful storyteller will give us some fresh insights into some Biblical characters who are good and evil, right and wrong, weak and strong–real people who will entertain us and help bring us closer to God.
Meets Sundays at 10:00 AM in Room 122.
Lecture format in a casual setting, typically using contemporary studies based on a biblical book or theme. Facilitators: Scott Carothers, Brent Copeland, Bill Manson, & Henderson Wise.
Meets Sundays at 10:00 AM in Room 216.
Bible-based video and book studies designed for mature adult couples and singles who will contribute to the discussion to grow their faith and grow closer as a group. Facilitator: Mike Kay.
Meets Sundays at 10:00 AM in Room TBD.
Deep, challenging give-and-take discussion with a small group of inquisitive minds, usually prompted by an academic lecture via DVD. Facilitators: Jean Mahaffey, Holt Ivey, & Jim Roser.
Spring/Summer 2021: Introduction to the New Testament History and Literature with Dr. Dale B. Martin, Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University
Meeting via Zoom at 9:15 AM on Sundays until further notice. Those interested should contact the church office to get an invitation link to the weekly meeting.
Wednesday night live offerings
First Pres offers mid-week activities called, Wednesday Night Live (WNL), from September through November and January through March as a time for Bible study, choirs, and dinner together.
Busy moms, busy families, busy life! Why not unplug on Wednesday evenings while your kids are attending Wednesday Night Live programs? Recharge in a very casual atmosphere with a brief bible study, fellowship, and reflection that will help reboot for the remainder of the week. Facilitator: Catherine Ryan
Watch for meeting time and place when Wednesday Night Live resumes!
A study of the books of the Bible and various topics of interest for women of all ages.
CURRENTLY NOT MEETING Typically meets Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in the Family Life Center, McDougald Room.
other week-day offerings
These men enjoy study, fellowship, and service. They select a book of the Bible or a faith topic, discuss the weekly reading, pray together, and provide care for our church family and the wider community through an extensive Prayer Card ministry. This group welcomes men who would enjoy these activities of faith and fellowship. Facilitators: John Brown and David Segers
Meets Wednesdays at noon in the Family Life Center and will resume meeting in September 2021.
Small group bible study meeting with various teacher.
Meets on alternating Thursdays at 11:00 AM in the Resource Room, resuming in Fall 2021.
This is a Women’s Bible Study group that is currently reading through Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer.
Meets Mondays at 1:00 PM in the Resource Room, resuming July 26, 2021.
This organization of the PC(USA) meets in Circle groups to focus on bible study and contributing to PW mission. It offers large group programs for all women two times a year, usually in the fall and spring. PW is directed by a Coordinating Council of elected officers.
Various meeting times and places. Contact circle leaders for more information.
Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation
Engaging adults in practices to strengthen their Christian faith for “real life” is the primary focus for Anne, who joined the transitional Faith Formation Team in December 2020 as the coordinator for adults. She has a long history of service with various non-profit agencies including Anderson YMCA, Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina (the Easley and Clinton communities), Presbyterian College, and Thornwell Home and School for Children.
She has served on the staffs of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden (Children’s Ministry) and Government Street Presbyterian Church in Mobile, Alabama (Young Adult Ministry). She has a Master’s Degree in Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union-PSCE) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina.
Anne has been married to her husband, Dennis, for 38 years and is the mother of two grown sons. She likes to walk/talk with friends, workout at the Y, play all kinds of games (ask her to teach you one), read, bake bread, and travel. She is hoping to lead a church trip to Scotland to study the Reformation in Fall 2022.