Ministries:

Opportunities for Adults

First Presbyterian offers many ways for adults to interact and build relationships with one another as they grow in their faith. Whether it’s a Sunday morning Christian education class, a midweek Bible study or a discussion group, there’s something for everyone. We hope you will dive right in and get involved. For more information contact Rev Kristine Aragon Bruce at [email protected].

Adult Classes

For questions about any of the offerings below please contact the office at [email protected].

How the Bible Actually Works

This summer the Sunday Morning Bible Study will continue exploring the Bible with a video series called The Bible for Normal People by Peter Enns. Classes start with a short 10-minute video titled How the Bible Actually Works followed by discussion and questions after each video. Peter Enns is an American Biblical scholar and theologian. He earned an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary and a M.A and Ph.D. from Harvard University.  

Class meets in the Rec. Room on the lower level from 10-11 a.m. on Sunday mornings. For questions and details, contact Bob Day ([email protected]). Class will not meet on July 17, and will resume on July 24.

The Wired Word

Meets in Room 16 & 17
The Wired Word is a group that discusses the intersection of our faith and the latest headlines. If you wonder where Jesus Christ is in the midst of a pandemic, political divisiveness, or a mass shooting, the Wired Word is a great place to ask these questions. All are welcome!

Read this week’s lesson here (updated every Thursday).

Class is currently on summer break.

How to Read the Bible: The Sacraments

In the post-Easter season, we explored biblical passages that touch on the Christian practices of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (commonly called “sacraments”). Attention is given to 1) what the Presbyterian church believes about the sacraments and the Bible,  2) what other Christian denominations believe, and 3) why there are different interpretations of the Bible and thus different understandings of the sacraments.

Instructor: Dr. Matt Bruce

This class was recorded and may be watched via the links below:

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How to Read the Bible: Lent

What do the final weeks of Jesus’ ministry teach us about following him and living the Christian life? The Gospel passages tell us about Jesus’ ministry and teaching leading up to and during Passion Week (his journey to and entry into Jerusalem, his arrest, trials, and crucifixion). Attention is given to understanding what Jesus said and did during these final weeks in their original setting and what Jesus still teaches us today. Instructor: Dr. Matt Bruce.

This class was recorded and can be watched via the links below.

Watch class videos here:

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How Not to Read the Bible

Led by Dr. Matt Bruce
What should we do with passages from the Bible that we find disturbing and troubling? We will look at examples of how the failure to understand the original context of the Bible led to severe misreadings of the Bible and long-lasting consequences for the church.

This was a 2-week class, and you may watch the second class here: Watch the class video here. (due to technical difficulties, the first week is not available).

Adult Groups

Small Groups
There are various small groups that meet on a weekly basis, such as a women’s group that meets on Monday afternoons and a men’s group that meets on Tuesday evenings, just to name a few. All are welcome to any of them! Questions? Please contact Rev. Kristine Aragon Bruce [email protected]

Discussion Groups

There are various discussion groups that meet during the week. 

Thursday Morning Breakfast Discussion Group meets from 7:00 – 8:00 am at Russ’ Restaurant in Grand Haven to discuss the scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday worship service. As an added benefit, Matt Bruce will be joining us for these sessions. If possible, please contact the church office or Bob Day at [email protected] to let us know if you plan on attending. This will help us plan ahead for table space.

Thursday Night Discussion Group meets on Thursday evenings from 7-8:00 in rooms 16 & 17. This group provides an opportunity for each of us to learn from noted authors, as well as from each other within an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding. This group is on break until Fall 2022.