At First Church we offer ways to grow and deepen our relationship with the Holy following the teachings of Jesus Christ. We also offer ways to expand how we express our faith to each other and the wider community. Adult faith experiences and formation range from Contemplative Prayer gatherings and Bible study to lecture and book studies which inform us how to put our faith into action. We also host Friday Evening Fellowship in member homes with dinner and speakers, and take regular summer weekend trips to Tanglewood to hear music together.…
Weekly Bible study takes place on Thursdays at 10:00 am in the Buxton Room on the first floor and is led by Pastor Pam.
In Jewish tradition, students don’t typically study the Torah (the Hebrew Bible) alone, but with a partner: “If you wave a sword around in the air, it never grows sharper. But if you strike it against another sword, both are sharpened.”
It’s great to hear the pastors interpret the Bible for you on Sunday mornings. But it’s only half the experience the Bible can provide. The other half is when you study it with others and sharpen everyone’s minds.
Fortunately, there’s an easy way to experience this grappling with the Bible texts: come to Bible study! Bible study is exciting, inspiring — and creates stronger connections among those who come. How? Three ways!
1. The First Way: Learning the Background
Rev. Pam will lead as we look at the places, people and culture within the Bible texts to be preached the following Sunday.
We’ll walk through the scripture, context, translations, parallel stories, and meanings that might have been understood in the past. We’ll explore what we don’t know about the people and situations from the text!
Above all, we’ll do all this in a safe place, where everyone’s voice can be heard and everyone’s experience will be respected.
An opportunity each week for contemplation, or the practicing of silence. All are welcome to attend any session.
Mondays at 1 pm
Wednesdays at 1 pm: Contemplation (Centering and lectio divina)
This gathering offers an opportunity for Christian contemplative prayer practices, including the silent practice of Centering Prayer as taught by Fr. Thomas Keating, and Lectio Divina, an ancient monastic practice for meditating on scripture passages. There is time for sharing what we experience during our time together.