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
OCTOBER reading challenge
October is the 10th month of the year and has 31 days. Let’s spend 10 minutes a day meeting (or refreshing our memories about) characters from the Old Testament. One person a day for 31 days and you will learn: key facts about their life, major events and crises and how God worked through them, qualities worth emulating, and some biblical life lessons.
The following book is available on Amazon or Kindle or available for FREE download via the Kindle app. Search for: 10 Minutes to Knowing the Men & Women of the Bible by Jim George
Jubilate! is a 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.
sunday shorts (short-term studies)
This fall, adults not participating in an on-going Sunday morning class or small group may choose to try out something new…Sunday Shorts.
Choose a short-term option that interests you and participate on Sunday mornings during the Faith Formation hour (9:30 AM) as you are able for three weeks. Then options will change and you may select another topic as it fits your schedule and your interests.
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
Presbyterian heritage tour of Scotland
Coming in 2022
Join Dr. Tedder and travelers from our church on a 10-day excursion to see the kirks and castles that were backdrops for the dangerous and hard work of “reforming” the church. Contact Anne Tedder email@example.com or Alisa Gibson firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Accepting registrations and deposits. Contact Anne Tedder or Alisa Gibson for more information on how to register and make your initial deposit.
See the itinerary and find the Travel Registration Form
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.
Men meet Sundays at 9:30 AM in Gallant Chapel.
Women meet Sundays at 9:30 AM in Room 223.
In-depth Bible study for mature adults who enjoy approaching Scripture from a different point of view. Facilitator: Jane Terry
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 9:30 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 9:30 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 9:30 AM in Room 214.
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.
Fall 2021: Pauline Literature
Meets Sundays at 9:00 AM with hybrid approach: In-person Room 212, and via Zoom. Those interested in participating via Zoom, please contact the class facilitator(s) to get a 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
Meeting Wednesdays at 5:30 PM in Room 212 when Wednesday Night Live is in session.
Participants will study the sermon passage for the week, getting a look at how our pastors prepare to preach.
Bring your Bible and a notepad.
This class is offered twice weekly: meeting Wednesdays at 5:30 PM and Thursdays at 10:00 AM in the Parlor when Wednesday Night Live is in session.
other weekday 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. Please contact the facilitator(s) for information about when this group will resume.
Biscuits and Bible Study
Facilitator: Dr. Dennis Tedder
Meets Second and Fourth Fridays at 7:30 AM in the Kirk
Young women enjoy coffee, conversation, and a devotional thought.
Hosted by Katie Beth Johnson
Meets Second and Fourth Wednesdays at 9:15 AM – the Beehive (510 N Main St)
Note for September 2021: Meeting on September 8 (Second Wednesday) and September 22 (Fourth Wednesday).
This women’s bible study is shepherded by Lynn Cantrell and studies a variety of topics chosen by the group.
Meets Mondays at 1:00 PM in Room 212.
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.
Daytime Circles meet first Monday of the month in the McDougald Room of the FLC. Contact Minerva McLendon for Jane Terry 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.