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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

Formation:

Study God’s Word.

Grow in Faith.

Live as Disciples.

The Spirit gives us the gift of faith, and our faith deepens when we practice our faith in classes, discussion groups and special programs for adults, youth and children.

Through May of 2019, First Presbyterian Church’s formation classes for adults, youth and children will provide us with the opportunity to study God’s word together, to grow in faith together and to live as disciples together.

 

Staff

Robert Galloway

Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and Young Adults

Garrell Keesler

Adult Formation

Bryce Lapping

Assistant Director of Youth Ministry

Natalie Raygor

Director of Youth Ministries

Tammy Winchip

Director of Children’s Ministries

Adults

Adult Formation provides a framework in which to study God’s word and to grow in faith so we might live as disciples and witnesses to Christ.

How you approach this spiritual adventure is your choice. First Presbyterian Church offers classes on Sundays at 10 a.m., through small groups and in mid-week programs, and at special events throughout the year. Learn more below.

You can read our weekly electronic newsletters online.

Have questions or want to receive our weekly electronic newsletters directly to your inbox? ontact Garrell Keesler, Director of Adult Formation.

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.

Midweek, the Wednesday Night Young Adult Group meets from 7-8 p.m. in Room P201 (off 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 Tanya Gaspar, Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor, 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 Tammy Winchip, Director of Children’s Ministries, or Debbie Shirkey, Executive Director for First Presbyterian Church Schools.

 

Willard & Special Programs

Father Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest and founder of the world’s largest gang-intervention and rehabilitation program, will be deliver the next Willard Lecture on March 15, 2020. At a Jesuit parish in East Los Angeles, Father Greg served the poorest Catholic Church in the city, in the middle of the territories of numerous gangs. In 1988, Father Greg began to work with parish and community members to develop positive opportunities for youth who were involved in gangs, including a jobs program. The jobs program became an independent nonprofit organization, Homeboy Industries.

This program now offers a way out for young people stuck in a cycle of violence and incarceration.

Tickets go on sale in early 2020. Follow the Willard Lecture Facebook page to keep up with current announcements about the program.

Funded by an endowment, our annual Willard Lecture focuses on matters of social justice, human dignity and inclusion, and other relevant issues of our time. These conversations of faith are open to all. They also reflect the common goal of nurturing and deepening our relationship with God and one another.

Through the month of June, you can view the 2019 Willard Lecture with Dr. Jonathan Haidt, speaking on Rise Up: Becoming a Healer for an Ailing World.

For other special programs, keep your eyes on Now at FPC, which updates weekly with details about special programs designed to be relevant and thought-provoking, including:

  • Forums, films and discussion series that offer food for thought throughout the year. Topics range from education on mental health issues, questioning our faith, the stories of those who may seem very different from us on the surface, and more;
  • First United Presbyterian Church/First Presbyterian Series, annual spring discussion series; on issues around race hosted jointly with First United Presbyterian;
  • Special classes including Lenten and Advent studies.

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.

Voices From Church and Trade

Welcome to Voices from Church and Trade, a podcast produced by the Formation Ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte (located at the corner of Church and Trade streets). Each episode is hosted by Garrell Keesler, director of adult formation. You can find and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify, or you can listen here.

 

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

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