Adult Education & Faith Development

Adult Education & Faith Development

Adult Faith Development

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 [more…]

Weekly Bible Study

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, [more…]

Contemplative Prayer

An opportunity each week for contemplation, or the practicing of silence. All are welcome to attend any session. Wednesdays at 1pm: 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 [more…]

Read the Bible in a Year

Pastor Marisa is teaming up with Pastor Harvey Hill of St. Andrews/St. David’s to read the Bible in a year by reading “The Daily Message” by Eugene Peterson. Read at your own pace as a daily practice and join in for group conversations with food! Start reading now and join [more…]

The Reformation: Then and Now

This series was offered in the late summer and fall of 2017. A Series in Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Open our Season of Reformation Reflection with a screening of the film “Luther”, the 2003 movie biography starring Joseph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Peter Ustinov with two viewing [more…]

2017 Summer Book Discussion: The Great Spiritual Migration

The Great Spiritual Migration:  How the World’s Greatest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to be Christian by Brian McLaren  (2016) The Christian story, from Genesis until now, is fundamentally about people on the move — outgrowing old, broken religious systems and embracing new, more redemptive ways of life. It’s [more…]

Spring 2016: Histories of Greater Springfield

Adult Education Spring Series Histories of Greater Springfield The Adult Education Team of First Church is hosted a two part series on the history of ethnic and religious communities of the Greater Springfield area in the Spring of 2016 Session #1: Sunday, March 19, 11:30am in Bailey Hall Making It [more…]

March 2017: ONA Book Series

Exploring Transgender Experience In March 2017, the Open and Affirming Team of First Church explored Transgender experience through a group reading of the book Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt.  The series concluded with a panel conversation, The book is available on Amazon at [more…]

White Privilege: Let’s Talk

The White Privilege: Let’s Talk series was held in January & February, 2017.  It was based on a new adult curriculum from the United Church of Christ designed to help us engage in safe, substantive and bold conversations on race. This curriculum was developed by five leaders of the UCC, [more…]

Local Heroes of Social Justice

The FCC Adult Ed Team hosted this series in the Fall of 2016, concerning the lives and works of local heroes from the Greater Springfield area, people among us who have made the world a better place. Sunday, September 18 After Worship – Tony King Tony King is the former [more…]