Opportunities

Opportunities for discipleship

SHORT-TERM COURSES AND BIBLE STUDIES

A variety of short-term opportunities are available for studying the Bible, theology, and the intersection of Christian faith and culture. For more information contact Ryan Bonfiglio.

Understanding the Old Testament

This new, 7-week Bible Study is taught by Ryan Bonfiglio and Jamie Butcher and offers an accessible introduction to the OT, including its content, major themes, and theology.

Thursdays, 10:00-11:15 a.m. | 7 sessions |  September 6 – October 18

Understanding the New Testament

As a companion to the fall study of the OT, this 7-week Bible Study offers an accessible introduction to the NT, with special focus on the Gospels, Paul’s letters, and the book of Acts.

Thursdays, 10:00-11:15 a.m. | 7 sessions |  January 17 – February 28

Theology Matters

Theology Matters consists of short, four-week courses that present thoughtful, seminary-style content in a manner that is accessible and engaging for a lay audience. Courses are free of charge and taught by FPC’s Scholar in Residence, Ryan Bonfiglio. Digital versions of each course are available online, complete with audio podcast and video lectures.

Understanding the God of the Old Testament

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  |  October 3, 10, 17, 24  | Fifield Hall

Taught by: Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio

 

Faith and Science

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  |  January 9, 16, 23, 30 | Fifield Hall

Taught by: Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio & Dr. Paul Wallace, Lecturer in Physics at Agnes Scott College

 

Atonement

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  |  April 4, 11, 18, 25 | Fifield Hall

Taught by: Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio & Jenn Carlier, FPC Stembler Fellow

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES

FPC offers a number of different Sunday school classes, most of which are organized around similar ages or stages in life. From Labor Day to Memorial Day, individual classes meet from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in classrooms throughout the church. In the summer, special church-wide courses are offered at the Sunday school hour. For more information, contact Ryan Bonfiglio

New, Drop-in Style Classes

FPC is offering three new Sunday School classes this year, each of which is designed especially for visitors, new members, and those not already part of an existing class.

 

A Curious Faith

This drop-in style offering consists of short, 2-3 week topical studies on contemporary issues in Christian faith and theology. Presentations will be led by Ryan Bonfiglio and other FPC staff. Join us for a particular series or come every week! 

Location: Fifield Hall (near windows)

Parents with Young Children (PWYC Gathering)

The goal of this class is to create a space for folks with children ages 6 and younger to talk about issues related to parenting, relationships, spirituality, Christian faith, and life balance. Tony Sundermeier and Jamie Butcher will facilitate discussion.

Location: B111 (Smith Building)

Parents with Older Children (PWOC Gathering)

This new class is for parents with children in elementary through high school. It is open to everyone, whether or not you have attended Sunday school class before. Join us for an informal time of conversation and study, focused on rooting ourselves in faith and guiding our kids spiritually. Led by Rebekah LeMon and other FPC staff. 

Location: Library (Smith Building)

 

  • Existing Sunday School Classes

 

  •             Berean Bible Class                                            Reception Room
  •             Community Bible Study                                B202
  •             Covenant Class                                                   227
  •             Discovering God’s Word                                317
  •             Emmaus Class                                                      156 (Women’s Bible)
  •             Faith & Life                                                              332 
  •             Internationals                                                        327
  •             Ours for Today                                                      B308

First in Focus Series

First in Focus is a Sunday school curriculum designed to generate church-wide conversations around important topics in Christian faith and practice. Each series is 6 weeks in length. Weeks 1 and 6 consist of interactive, large-group lectures in Fifield Hall while weeks 2–5 consist of small group discussions with a prepared curriculum. A specific First in Focus small group will be available for those who are not connected to one of FPC’s existing Sunday school classes.

Fall First in Focus Series: Servant Leadership

October 14 – November 18 (large-group lectures on 10/14 and 11/18)

Taught by: Rev. Tony Sundermeier and Rev. Rebekah LeMon

Spring First in Focus Series: The Soul of Discernment

March 10 – April 14 (large-group lectures on 3/10 and 4/14

Taught by: Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio

Men's Ministry

Men’s Ministry at FPC is a wonderful way to connect with other men for fellowship, study, and discussion. For more information contact Rev. Jamie Butcher.

Men’s Breakfasts

Men’s Breakfasts are quarterly gatherings open to all men. Join us to hear inspiring speakers share their faith stories. Breakfast is provided and RSVPs requested.

Fridays, 7:30-8:45 a.m. | October 19, February 15 & May 17| Fifield Hall

Men’s Small Groups

Men’s Small Groups meet weekly or bi-weekly to study scripture and share life and faith. For 2018-2019, FPC is organizing three new small groups open to all newcomers.

Mondays, 7:30-8:30 a.m. | 40 & Up Men’s Group

Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 a.m. | 40 & Up Men’s Group

Date and time, TBD | 20s & 30s Men’s Group

Fellowship and Service Events

Occasional fellowship and service events bring men together throughout the year. Check the bulletin or e-blast for more information on upcoming opportunities.

Women's Ministry

From retreats to monthly fellowship gatherings to weekly Bible studies, there is something for everyone with Women’s Ministry at First Presbyterian. For more information, contact Rev. Jamie Butcher.

Women’s Ministry Speakers and Events

These larger group gatherings bring together newcomers and long-time church members for fellowship and the opportunity to hear fresh perspectives on faith and life. 

All-Women’s Retreat

This annual retreat is held on FPC’s campus in January as a day away for respite, reflection, and relationship building. Join us for inspiring speakers and refreshing small groups. An optional dinner gathering is held on Friday, January 25.

Saturday, January 26 | 8:30-4:00 p.m.| FPC Campus

Children’s Ministry Gatherings

A great way to get to know other parents with children in your demographic, Children’s Ministry at FPC offers regular fellowship events, such as the annual Advent Festival and Easter Egg Hunt. For more information, contact skbumgarner@firstpresatl.org.

Women’s Small Group Gatherings

FPC values women getting to know each other in more intimate, smaller group settings. Knowing that women lead busy lives, we offer the many options listed below: 

WEEKLY

Wednesday Women’s Bible Study

Every Wednesday, FPC offers two different opportunities for small group Bible study. Each curriculum is designed to emphasize the disciplines of study, prayer, and small group support. New curriculum is selected for fall and spring sessions.

Wednesdays beginning September 5 | 10-11:30 a.m. with coffee at 9:30am| B-111

Book Club

Designed for women who live or work in the midtown area. Book selections vary but are generally tied to issues of faith. All are encouraged to bring their lunch and join the discussion.

Tuesdays | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.| Library

BI-WEEKLY

Moms Seeking More – Mid-Day

A group for moms of pre-school and early elementary-aged children, join us for lively discussion around the podcast, “Longest Shortest Time.” Coffee and light food provided. Please RSVP in advance for childcare.

Fridays, (every other) beginning August 10 | 10:30-12:00 p.m.| Library

MONTHLY

Moms Seeking More – Evening

A group for moms of pre-school and early elementary-aged children, join us for lively discussion around the podcast, “Longest Shortest Time.” Coffee and light food provided. Please RSVP in advance for childcare.

Second Mondays, beginning September 10 | 7:00- 8:00 p.m. | Library

Presbyterian Women

PW is a vibrant and active group of women that hosts a number of weekday small groups (i.e. “circles”). These monthly gatherings offer fellowship and study for women of all ages.  Mid-day and evening circles are available.

Mentoring Groups

These intergenerational groups focus on nurturing women at various ages and stages of life. Dates and times subject to change.

COUPLES

At FPC we are committed to helping couples grow in their relationships and faith. Check out these ways to get involved. For more information, contact jbutcher@firstpresatl.org

Marriage Retreat Weekend

Each year in February or March, FPC offers a Marriage Retreat with speakers covering topics such as communication, conflict, and life-stages.  In 2019, the Marriage Retreat will be a Friday evening and Saturday morning on the campus of FPC.

 

Couples’ and Parents’ Groups

These groups offer ongoing opportunities to strengthen relationships for couples. Past opportunities have included a 20/30s couples group and a summer Bible Study series for all ages.

Marriage Tune-Ups

These short courses provide helpful tools and tips to strengthen relationships. Join us in 2019, for Enneagram for Couples, a four-part series on the ancient spiritual tool and popular personality assessment.

Wednesdays in February | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. | B-111

 

 

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