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 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!
Explore God Discussion Groups
During the first week of September, we’ll launch the Explore God Discussion Groups. We’ll be doing a 7-week study, tackling some of the hard subjects that challenge seekers and skeptics, as well as, followers of Jesus. We all have questions, and these discussion groups embrace that. If you’ve ever wondered about: Why does God allow pain and suffering? Is the Bible reliable? Does life have a purpose? or Is Christianity too narrow? this group is for you. Contact Pastor Scott, email@example.com.
College and Young Adult Explore God Discussion Group
The Craig’s will be hosting a group at their home on Sunday evenings, beginning
September 2nd, 6-7:30pm, and include dinner along with the Explore God study.
Contact Billy Craig, firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Presbyterian Young Professionals
20-35 years of age
This group is for young adults to encourage each other as they enter into adult life. To learn about upcoming Bible Studies, Happy Hours, or Sunday Brunch dates, contact Kelsey (email@example.com) or Carl (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Circle of Kindness, Room 100
Women of any age
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, email@example.com, or Judy von Seldeneck at (540) 433-7353, jcrowevonS@gmail.com.
Women’s Bible Study, Tuesdays, 12pm, Fellowship Hall
Women of any age
This fall the study will finish the Gospel of Mark and then do an overview of the entire Bible looking for Jesus in every book. The story of God, calling a people to Himself, is set forth so plainly in the history of the Jewish people. After that we will look at the history of the church in the New Testament. Bring your Bible and your lunch, beverages will be provided. Taught by 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bag Lunch & Bible Study, Wednesdays, 12pm, Conference Room
Bring your lunch and join us at noon. The pastors lead Bible study and discussion on the upcoming sermon texts. Led by Pastor Jon, email@example.com.
GriefShare, Wednesdays, Room 205
Mornings (10:00am – 11:30am) or Nights (7:00pm-8:30pm)
GriefShare is a weekly seminar and support group for those grieving the death of a loved one. You will learn valuable information that will help you through your difficult time. The fall series runs September 12—December 12.
Contact Scott Thayer, firstname.lastname@example.org, if interested in attending.
Men’s Bible Study, Thursdays, Showker Hall, 6:30am
Men of all ages from a variety of churches
This group provides Bible Study, fellowship and accountability. The fall series, on
Philippians, begins Sept. 6 and meets weekly through December 13th. Coffee and/or breakfast are available for a small donation starting at 6:30am. Study starts at 7am and ends at 8am. Taught by Pastor Jon, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Court Square Choir
The choir prepares anthems and leads in singing for the 11:15 worship service and special services. Contact Shannon Kiser, email@example.com.
Court Square Ringers
The hand bell choir prepares special music for morning worship (monthly) and special services throughout the year. Contact Shannon Kiser, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
EPIC (Educational Partnership in the Community)
Consider being a volunteer for EPIC, English classes for adult immigrants and refugees seeking to learn or improve their English. Weekly classes start on Wednesday, September 19th from 6:15-7:30pm in Room 200. No prior experience is necessary, just a willing heart to make friendships. Contact Caleb Ayers (252) 883-7094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intercessory Prayer Group, Conference Room
Join us in praying for the needs of our church and world.
Contact Lila Gardner, (540) 433-9453.
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) to find out more.
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.
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.