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].

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 meets on Sunday mornings between worship services, from 10-11, in rooms 16/17.

How to Read the Bible: The Sacraments

In this Post-Easter season, we will explore biblical passages that touch on the Christian practices of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (commonly called “sacraments”). Attention will be 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. Bring your questions!

Watch class videos here:

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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? During Lent, we will look closely at the Gospel passages that 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 will be given to understanding what Jesus said and did during these final weeks in their original setting and what Jesus is teaching us today. This is a six-week class, but feel free to drop in at any time! Class is led by Dr. Matt Bruce.

Class runs from March 6 through Palm Sunday, and meets on Sunday mornings from 10-11 in the Rec. Room.

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 week we will look at several infamous passages from the Apostle Paul which led to the exclusion of women’s voices and leadership roles in the church. Class is led by Dr. Matt Bruce.

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).

YogaFaith

Led by Melisa Overway
What: Whole body worship, yoga through a Biblical lens, meditation, prayer, rest

Who: All are welcome

When: The 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 6:15-7:00

Where: In the Chapel

Bring: Yoga mat, water (optional: block, pillow, blanket, eye pillow)

Participants will transition slowly from posture to posture, typically finishing with deeper, more static stretching as we surrender our hearts to God and create space for rest and worship.

Adult Groups

Small Groups
There are various small groups that meet on a weekly basis. 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. From May 12 thru June 6, this group will discuss Sabbath as Resistance (New Edition with Study Guide), by Walter Brueggeman. For those who would like to join the discussion via Zoom, please contact the church office for the link.
Note: This group will resume May 12.