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.
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 Biblical focus, to grow in their faith and pray for one another.
If you 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 are, learn more about who God is, and discover resources that will energize your life. We hope you’ll join a group and grow in community with other members of the church!
Sermon-based Small Groups
Join a Sermon-Based Small Group! It’s a great way to connect with others and grow in your faith. Groups start the week of September 8. Contact Pastor Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org or Carl Larsson, email@example.com for information or sign up here.
First Presbyterian Young Professionals
20-35 years of age
This group is for young adults to encourage each other as they enter adult life. To learn about upcoming Bible Studies or activities, contact Kelsey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carl (email@example.com)
College Lunch and Bible Study
Come for lunch in Showker Hall at 12pm on Sundays, starting September 15th through December 8th. Our time together will include fellowship over a meal and a Bible study. We’re studying the Gospel of Mark using a curriculum called Christianity Explored.
The Circle of Kindness, Room 100
This women’s fellowship and Bible study group meets on the second Sunday of each month, 5:30–7:30pm, at the church. Members are encouraged to bring a food item to share for supper. Contact June Hosaflook at (540) 810-2311, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Judy von Seldeneck at (540) 433-7353, jcrowevonS@gmail.com
Women’s Bible Study, Tuesdays, 12pm, Room 200
Starting September 17th all ladies are invited to come share God’s word together. We will work through Paul’s letter to the people in Ephesus using a discussion format. We will seek to discover the Spiritual blessings given to God’s children and how to practically live out those blessings in an increasingly secular culture. Bring your lunch, a drink, Bible, and a friend! Contact Lila Gardner, (540) 433-9453
Bible Study for Young Mothers
This group meets weekly on Wednesday mornings, 9-11:15am, during the school year. They meet at the church in Room 301. The first Wednesday of each month they meet in someone’s home instead. Through Bible study and fellowship it’s their hope to gain deeper intimacy with Jesus and in relationship to one another. Childcare is provided. Contact Jill, email@example.com
Brown Bag Bible Study, Wednesdays, 12pm, Conference Room
Adults of any age
Bring your lunch and join us at noon. The pastors lead Bible study and discussion on the upcoming sermon texts. Led by Pastor Jon, firstname.lastname@example.org
GriefShare, Wednesdays, Room 205
September 11—December 11 (except November 27), 10–11:30am
GriefShare is a weekly seminar and support group for those grieving the death of a loved one. You will learn valuable information to help you through your difficult time, as well as find encouragement and support from others. Contact Pastor Scott, email@example.com
Men’s Bible Study, Thursdays, Showker Hall, 6:30am
We have to learn how to deal with the temptations in our lives. This fall, we will meet for 12 weeks to discuss C.S. Lewis’ “Screwtape Letters.” The fictional work demonstrates ways our enemy works to tempt and discourage us, and gives us some strategies for fending off those attacks. Light breakfast served every week. Taught by Pastor Jon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Ways to be Involved
Sunday Morning Prayer, Room 100
A time to pray, especially for the Sunday morning activities, that the work put into planning bring forth fruit in God’s kingdom! Contact Lila Gardner, (540) 433-9453.
6th grade and up
The worship team leads the musical part of the worship service primarily at the 9am service each Sunday. Contact Shannon Kiser, email@example.com
Court Square Choir
The choir prepares anthems and leads in singing for the 11:15 worship service and special services. Contact Shannon Kiser, firstname.lastname@example.org
Court Square Ringers
The hand bell choir prepares special music for morning worship (monthly) and special services throughout the year. Contact Shannon Kiser, email@example.com
Sunday Fellowship Hour
Youth and Adults
We are always in need of volunteers to help set up and clean up each Sunday. A sign up sheet is in Showker Hall. Contact Bea Ammons, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions or need some training on what to do.
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, email@example.com
Intercessory Prayer Group, Conference Room
Join us in praying for the needs of our church and world. Contact Lila Gardner, (540) 433-9453
Adopt a Park Program at Liberty Park
We try to do a service project about once a month. If you are interested contact Betsy Dishman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Harrisonburg’s annual emergency shelter rotates to various locations during the winter. Volunteers help run the shelter during its stay at our church (Jan. 7-14, 2019). Contact Mary Scott, email@example.com
Volunteering with Children’s Ministry
This includes Sunday School, mid-week ministry, children’s church, Summer JAM Camp, and nursery. Contact Betsy Dishman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteering with Youth or College Ministry
If you are interested in coming alongside the youth and college ministry to help in any way contact Billy Craig, email@example.com.
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.