Christian Formation

September 11, 2019

September 9, 2019

Eighth graders who are interested in confirmation should contact Elizabeth Cook ( or Natalie Raygor ( about participating.

An initial meeting for youth, parents and sponsors will be Sunday, September 15, in Wood Fellowship Overflow at 10 a.m. The Confirmation Retreat will be offsite on November 22-24.

Children’s Ministries will offer two FEAST (Families Eat and Sharing Luncheon Together) luncheons following worship this fall.

  • On Sunday, September 29, FEAST & Arts Plus will offer a build-your-own sandwich lunch followed by watercolor painting for a church banner. Meet at noon in P307. Register on the Now@First page under Tickets & Signups.
  • FEAST & Thanksgiving Wreaths will be on Sunday, November 10, at noon in Wood Fellowship Overflow. Children and families can build their own sandwich lunch followed by creating Family Thanksgiving Wreaths.

Beginning October 6 in Room P206, the Good Samaritan Class will shift its focus to Young Adults. All ages are still welcome to gather to discuss the intersection of our lives as Christians and everyday culture. The Fall focus will be on civic engagement and life as a Christian citizen. For more information contact Robert Galloway, Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and Young Adults.

September 7, 2019

Small groups are modeled after the practices of Jesus, who ate, studied and prayed with others. These groups meet throughout the week in homes and at the church.  Covenant Groups are specifically for young adults (ages 20-40) and meet on a schedule determined by the individual groups. Check the current issue of FirstNEWS (available to read online at the top of the Now@First page) or the News & Announcements section of the Now@First page for more current details.


Covenant Groups – FPC young adults (anyone 40 or younger!) are invited to be part of a small group of 8-12 people who will learn and grow together.  Groups will meet at least once a month on a mutually agreed upon schedule and will study various books.  Being part of a Covenant Group involves making an initial commitment of one semester (September-December) with the opportunity to re-up in January.  If you have any questions or would like to be part of one of these groups, contact Tanya Gaspar.


Bible and Beverage – Join the Reverend Pen Peery and other FPC men for discussion and fellowship to deepen the faith of and the connection among men of all ages. (Second Tuesdays, 8-9:30 p.m., usually at Resident Culture Brewing Company, 2101 Central Avenue.)


Tuesday Morning Bible Study – This group engages in deep, critical thinking as it seeks to know God and God’s revelation in Jesus Christ. Units include scriptural study, theology, ethics, and spirituality. Contact Garrell Keesler.  (Tuesdays, S203, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.)


Thursday Morning Men’s Bible Study – This group of faithful men gathers to study God’s word and build and strengthen relationships. Leadership comes from within the group, and all variety of ideas are honored and respected. New participants are always welcome. Contact Chuck Williamson. (Thursdays, Frances Browne Dining Room, 7-8 a.m.; breakfast served every second Thursday.)


Thursday Women’s Bible Study (ThuMBS)  – Studying various books together, this group develops a deepened connection to God and builds bonds of friendship and mutual support with one another. Led by the Reverend Katherine Kerr(Thursdays, Pattie Cole Room, 9:30-11 am)

For additional information about small groups for adults, contact Garrell Keesler, Director of Adult Formation.


Return to the Learn page or read more about specific Adult Formation programs:

March 29, 2019

Join us Sunday, April 28, as our FPC youth lead 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services. We will celebrate confirmands during worship at 11 a.m. There will be no PYC that evening.

Join us this summer for To Mars & Beyond, a Vacation Bible School experience where we will help kids discover the wonders of God’s universe. Exploring where God’s power can take them, they will become voyagers on a journey through space.
Dates and times are June 24- 27 from 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Registration is open to children who will be five years old by June 1 through fifth grade. Cost is $20 per child. We don’t want anyone to miss VBS due to financial concerns, so please check the box for a confidential scholarship request when registering.

Childcare and preschool options are available for volunteers.

January 17, 2019

One more training session for those who work with children and youth is scheduled for Tuesday, February 5, at 8 a.m. in the chapel.


If you are a new volunteer or staff member, or if it is time for you to update your training, mark your calendars for one of these sessions.

December 28, 2018

The Reverend Mary Margaret Porter will lead this class on the Apocrypha, a large body of writings about the Bible and Jesus that cannot be found in the books in our pews or on our bookshelves. Many of these writings tell ancient stories about Jesus as a child and the beginnings of Christianity. Some may have been written by and about powerful women of the time.

In this series, learn why some books appear in the Bible and others do not, who decided what to include and what to leave out, how we know about these other writings and what we should think of them.

Classes will be at 10 a.m., during the Formation hour, in the Pattie Cole Room (S203). The final three classes will be:

  • February 3 – The Ministry Gospels
  • February 10 – The Passion Gospels
  • February 17 – The Post-Resurrection Discourse Gospels
September 7, 2018

The final program for this fall’s Opportunity Forum is Wednesday, October 24, when we will hear from a panel from Communities in Schools. The focus for this series is on raising awareness and empowering action for change through first-hand stories of how inequity and racial discrimination affect students in our school system.

Dinner is available for $8 cash or check beginning at 5:15 p.m. The program is in Wood Fellowship Hall, 6-7:30 p.m.

Register for childcare for Wednesday, October 24.