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 to Read the Bible: God, the Bible, & Gender

Beginning the Sunday after Easter, April 7, the How to Read the Bible group will, by popular request, begin discussing the interrelated themes of gender and 1) leadership in the church and 2) how we talk about God. Why for example do we have women pastors in the PC(USA) when the Bible has such statements as: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent” (1 Tim. 2.11)? Do we reject such verses or pretend they aren’t there? Of course not! So how do we understand them as Presbyterians? Related to this is the question of how should we talk about God? The Bible often refers to God as “he,” yet God does not have a body and therefore is neither male nor female, at least in the sense that we normally think of gender. Moreover, many people today struggle to refer to God as their “Father” or to think of God as male because of difficult experiences in the church, harmful relationships, and even abuse. How can we both stay faithful to the historic Christian faith and worship the God we love, while also speaking of God in ways that invite all people into a loving relationship with the God who loves us?

How to Read the Bible meets in the Rec. Room on Sunday mornings after the 9:00 service. Please contact Matt Aragon Bruce with any questions: 

[email protected]

If you aren’t able to attend classes, you may watch the recordings below:

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The Wired Word

Class is currently on summer break.

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.

Class meets on Sundays between worship services (10-11 a.m.) in rooms 16/17 on the lower level. All are welcome!

Sermon on the Mount

Our Lenten sermon series is based on The Beatitudes, the eight declarations of blessedness spoken by Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount. This class continues the worship lesson and allows participants to ask questions and join in discussion. Instructor: Dr. Matt Bruce.

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

Watch class videos here:

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YogaFaith

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

Who: All are welcome

When: The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7-7:45 p.m.

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, 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]

P.W. (Presbyterian Women) Bible Studies

Various groups within P.W. known as “Circles” meet monthly. In Conjunction with a Bible Study there is also a mission focus for each P.W. Circle. All women are welcome! Please contact Sue, the PW Chairwoman, for more information: PW Chairwoman.

Discussion Groups

There are various discussion groups that meet during the week. 

Monday Afternoon Bible Study – Grow in your faith and learn more about God’s Word in a supportive and welcoming small group setting. Bible Study is currently on summer break.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study, Come and discuss the featured book with fellow friends and meet others who are all on journeys to learn more about faith and what the Bible tells us. The group is open to all and meets in the lounge on Tuesdays from 9:30-11 a.m. Bible Study is currently on summer break.

Tuesday Night Men’s Group – This group is open to all men and meets in the Conference Room on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. Group is currently on summer break.

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. 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 The group meets on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 in the conference room. 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 taking a break from their usual theological books and is reading some fiction this summer. They will be reading These Silent Woods by Kimi Grant Cunningham. On June 26, the group will meet for a casual dinner in the church lounge and to discuss the book. Please contact Linda Gritter for more information: [email protected].

Earth Care Team

First Presbyterian Church of Grand Haven is a certified Earth Care Congregation. The Earth Care team is committed to offering educational resources and service opportunities for people to actively care for God’s creation throughout the year. The ECT also works with the session to maintain and upgrade our facilities to ensure our buildings and our grounds will use energy efficiently and conserve resources. To learn more and to get involved please email us. To learn more about what it means to be an Earth Care Congregation please see the following links: (listed from the original doc). 

PCUSA Earth Care
Here are several links to the PCUSA websites that give more information about the PCUSA’s concerns about Earth Care and the environment.
Presbyterians for Earth Care
Summary of PCUSA Programs
Sustainable living and Earth Care