We believe that Christian discipleship is the process by which followers of Christ have growing faith. This requires that we be in the Word daily — studying it, praying over it, and obeying it. Here at First Presbyterian, we offer several opportunities to grow in Christ. For more information on any of these opportunities, contact Associate Pastor Scott Thayer.

Sunday School

Classes for adults are offered on a variety of topics and in a variety of formats. Those topics change about every four to six weeks. We have classes for college students, men, women, parents of teens, and classes with a mixture of everyone! For details on adult class options, click here.

Small Groups / Bible Studies

Small Groups are gatherings, usually 6 to 10 people, who meet to encourage each other with the Gospel. Some groups meet in homes; others meet at the church building. They may discuss the Bible, or another book with a spiritual focus, to discover truths for their own lives and pray for one another. Joining a group entails a commitment to attendance and any reading assignments. Frequency varies–once, twice or four times a month.

If you sometimes wonder why you’re here, would like to know more about prayer, how to read the Bible, or live your faith day to day, a small group may be helpful. In a small group, it’s okay to talk about all of these things with others who are on a similar journey. The chances are, that in listening you’ll find out who you really are, learn more about who God is, and discover resources that will energize your life. We hope you’ll consider joining a group and growing in community with other members of the church!


Young Professionals

20-40 years of age
This group is for young adults to walk along and encourage each other as they enter into adult life together. To learn more about upcoming Sunday Brunch dates, contact Kelsey,, or Carl,

The Circle of Kindness, Room 100

This study is for women of all ages.
This is a women’s fellowship and Bible study group. They meet on the second Sunday, of each month, 5:30 – 7:30pm, at the church. They will discuss the book Praying the Names of God by Ann Spangler. Members are encouraged to bring a food item to share for supper. For information contact June Hosaflook at (540) 810-2311,, or Judy von Seldeneck at (540) 433-7353,


Fellowship of Love, Room 100

Women of any age, typically 60+
This group meets at 10am on the second Monday of each month for a Bible lesson and lively conversation. This year’s theme is “Forgiveness of Sin and Forgiving Others”. Contact Joan Byrd, (540) 434-6414 or Sandra Shomo,


Women’s Bible Study, Fellowship Hall

Women of any age
This fall they will be studying the Gospel of Mark. They meet weekly at noon. Bring your Bible, your lunch, and a friend. Join this walk with Jesus through the fast paced account of His Life as recorded by Mark. Contact Lila Gardner, (540) 433-9453.


Young Mothers Bible Study, Room 301

Young Mothers
This group meets weekly during the school year from 9-11:15am (at times in group member’s homes instead of the church). Through Bible study and fellowship participants can gain deeper intimacy with Jesus and grow closer in relationship to one another. Childcare is provided. Contact Hilary, or Jill,

Brown Bag Lunch & Bible Study, Conference Room

Bring your lunch and join us at noon. The pastors lead Bible study and discussion on the upcoming sermon texts. Contact Pastor Jon,


Men’s Bible Study

This group is for men of all ages from a variety of churches.
This group provides Bible Study, fellowship and accountability. We’re currently going through the book of Judges together. Coffee and/or breakfast are available for a small donation starting at 6:30am. Lessons start at 7am and end at 8am. The format starts with an overview lecture and then table discussions based on provided questions. The group reconvenes for closing remarks and prayer. Contact Pastor Jon,

Other Ways to be Involved

Sunday Morning Prayer, Room 100

Adults of all ages
Sunday morning prayer is a time to pray, especially for the Sunday morning activities, that the work put it to planning would bring forth fruit in God’s kingdom! Contact Lila Gardner, (540) 433-9453

Worship Team

6th grade and up
The worship team leads the musical part of the worship service primarily at the 9am service each Sunday. For information contact Shannon Kiser,

Court Square Choir

The choir prepares anthems and leads in singing for  the 11:15 worship service and special services. Contact Shannon Kiser,

Court Square Ringers

The hand bell choir prepares special music for morning worship (monthly) and special services throughout the year. Contact Shannon Kiser,

Soup Kitchen

We hold a Soup Kitchen every Tuesday at 4:30pm. Volunteers are welcome to come earlier in the afternoon to cook and set up tables ,or during the soup kitchen to serve and visit with our guests. Contact Mary Scott,


Youth and Adults
This after-school club serves immigrant and refugee students ages 11-14 (grades 6 to 8) who are learning English. You will work with others to build relationships with students, help with homework and have a time for recess and games. (You do not have to know another language.) EPIC meets at Thomas Harrison Middle School on Mondays from 3:15pm to 5:10pm. The first meeting for this coming school year is September 18th. Contact Amy Werner,

Intercessory Prayer Group, Conference Room

Join us in praying for the needs of our church and world. Contact Lila Gardner, (540) 433-9453

Open Doors

Harrisonburg’s annual emergency shelter rotates to various locations during the winter. We host the shelter three times during the cold season. Volunteers will help run the shelter during its stay at the church. Dates are yet to be announced. Contact Mary Scott ( to find out more or get on our volunteer list.

Volunteering with Children’s Activities

This includes Sunday School, weekly clubs and Summer Bible School. Contact Pastor Scott,

Kerus Quilters, Room 211

The quilters typically meet the second and fourth Friday of the month from 9am to noon. Together they make comforters for people experiencing illness or hardship as a way to show the warm love and care of the church. To this date they have given away over 1,000 comforters. Contact Polly Scott, (540) 437-8932