Pathways to Discipleship

A new initiative called Pathways to Discipleship begins on Kickoff Sunday, September 13. The format will guide us to live as disciples of Jesus Christ and make the Christian faith a way of life. Aimed at deepening inward faith and inspiring outward service, Pathways combines virtual gatherings and online “playlists” of content for personal study. Children, Youth and Adults will have control over what, when and where they participate.

Visit the FPC Pathways page for details.

Learn

May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love; may you have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:17-19

Live as disciples of Jesus Christ. Make the Christian faith a way of life.

Pathways to Discipleship, our Formation initiative, shapes how we learn and serve by shifting the focus from classes and programs to a focus on goals for maturing in faith. Aimed at deepening inward faith and inspiring outward service, Pathways combines virtual gatherings and online “playlists” of content for personal study. Children, Youth and Adults will have control over what, when and where they participate.

Learn more at FPCPathways.

Staff

Robert Galloway

Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and Young Adults

Garrell Keesler

Adult Formation

Natalie Raygor

Executive Director of Children, Youth and their Families

Adults

Pathways to Discipleship provides a guide for living as disciples of Jesus Christ and making the Christian faith a way of life. The Pathways framework gives Children, Youth and Adults control over what, when and where they participate.

The first Sunday of each month features a virtual class that expands on the theme of the month. The Pathways website provides resources for the following two weeks for personal study to equip and inspire us as disciples who share Christ’s love in the world. Another virtual class closes out the month.

Join the journey to create new habits of discipleship that will nurture you personally and empower you to pour out the love of Christ to all.

Other paths to discipleship include Bible Studies (meeting virtually for now) and special events including the Willard Lecture, March 14, 2021, with David Brooks.

Visit the FPC Pathways page for details.

 

 

 

Young Adult Ministry

Whatever your background, faith journey, career or lifestyle, young adults in their 20s and 30s welcome you into First Presbyterian’s vibrant center-city faith community. As we gather, we grow spiritually, have fun, worship and meet great people at First Presbyterian.

The Good Samaritan Sunday Class is wonderful place to meet people, study the Bible and learn how our faith applies to our everyday lives in a world that is in the midst of great change and growth. The class meets from 10-10:45 a.m. in the Fresco Lobby.

This group also meets on a social basis. Most are in their 20s and 30s, but all are welcome.

Want to know more or to receive emails? Contact Robert Galloway, Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and Young Adults, for information.

Youth

The youth ministry of FPC Charlotte exists to engage faith in community, to nurture belonging, and empower discipleship, so that youth and their families live the Christian life.

Opportunities for youth to gather and deepen their faith journey include:

  • Middle School (grades 6-8) Formation meets every Sunday morning, P301, 10-10:45 a.m.
  • High School (grades 9-12) Formation meets every Sunday morning, P321, 10-10:45 a.m.
  • Presbyterian Youth Connection (PYC) is time for youth to gather for food, fellowship and discipleship. PYC meets most Sundays during the school year from 6-7:45 p.m. For a complete schedule of the school year, visit the Resources page at the bottom of this page.

Additional programs for youth include:

  • music
  • mission trips
  • retreats
  • small groups
  • assisting in worship
  • confirmation
  • and being in relationship with others as we practice walking in faith together.

Want to know more about youth ministry happenings or receive emails to stay on top of what’s going on? Read our most recent Parent Guide, check out our Spring-Summer 2019 Calendar, or contact Natalie Raygor, Director of Youth Ministries; Bryce Lapping, Assistant Director of Youth Ministries; or Elizabeth Cook, Administrative Assistant for Formation.

 

Children

One of our highest priorities at First Presbyterian Church is to nurture children and provide opportunities for them to grow in faith. Here are some of the ways we partner with parents by offering:

One of our highest priorities at First Presbyterian Church is to nurture children and provide opportunities for them to grow in faith. Here are some of the ways we partner with parents by offering:

You can read our bi-weekly electronic newsletters online.

Have questions or want to receive our bi-weekly electronic newsletters directly to your inbox? Contact the Reverend Robert Galloway or Debbie Shirkey, Executive Director for First Presbyterian Church Schools.

 

Willard & Special Programs

David Brooks, New York Times columnist and cultural commentator will deliver the Willard Lecture on March 14, 2021, from 5-6:30pm. Due to COVID-19, he will most likely appear in a webinar. Details about his appearance and how you can participate in discussions about his work will be available in January.

Mr. Brooks is the author of several books including The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life (2019), The Road to Character (2015), and The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement (2011).

Mr. Brooks brings a message of hope to a country that is divided and mired in individualism. He helped found Weave: The Social Fabric Project, a cultural movement renewing America’s social fabric. In describing it, he says:

“When we stereotype, abuse, impugn motives and lie about each other, we’ve ripped the social fabric and encouraged more ugliness. When we love across boundaries, listen patiently, see deeply and make someone feel known, we’ve woven it and reinforced generosity.”

His mission is to call each of us to compassionate relationships. He applauds and uplifts those “Weavers [who] share an ethos that puts relationship over self.” He affirms that, “We are born into relationships, and the measure of our life is in
the quality of our relationships. We precedes me.” A Nation of Weavers

Follow the Willard Lecture Facebook page to keep up with current announcements about the program.

Other special programs include special class series, guest speakers and book discussions. Many of these emanate from First Presbyterian’s Care and Outreach Ministries. Keep your eyes on Now at FPC, which updates weekly with
details about special programs designed to be relevant and thought-provoking

Schools

First Presbyterian Church has a long history of creating a Christian environment for nurturing children in the heart of Charlotte. First Presbyterian Church Schools include Child Development Center and the Weekday School.

Faith Unfiltered: Podcast

Welcome to Faith Unfiltered: Seeking God in the 21st Century, a weekly podcast produced by  a team from Christian Formation and Communications here at First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte. In our  podcasts, we explore the many expressions of faith in the 21st Century. A new episode is released every Friday morning. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify, or you can listen here. You can find the complete menu of previous episodes at FaithUnfilteredthePodcast.com.

 

February 14 – A Question of Age

January 31 – Seeking Wisdom at Staff Meeting

January 17 – Our Hunger for Moral Meaning

January 10 – Tim Funk: Christianity Today, politics and the nation’s divide

January 3 – Growing Your Faith in 2020

December 23 – Advent 4: God’s Love Made Flesh

December 20 – Advent 3: What Is Joy?

December 13 – Advent 2: Peace Beyond Understanding

December 6 – Advent 1: Get Hope by Giving Hope

November 22 – The Birth: This Night Changes Everything

November 15 – Hope for Healing

November 8 – The Moral Injury of War

November 1, 2019 – Manifesting the Kingdom

October 25, 2019 – A Liberator God vs. An Oppressor God

October 18, 2019 – Food and Faith: Tradition, Lessons, Community

October 11, 2019 – Transforming People and Places with Taiwo Jaiyeoba, who is driving the Charlotte 2040 initiative in his role as the city’s Assistant City Manager

October 2, 2019 – The Troubled Relationship between Religion and Politics with former Charlotte Observer Faith and Values reporter Tim Funk

September 25, 2019 – Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden: Preparing Your Neighbor

September 18, 2019 – Sam Bethea: From Life on the Streets to Evangelism on the Streets

April 12, 2019 – Gail Henderson-Belsito: A Resurrected Voice