At First Church, we honor the yearning for deeper relationship with one another and God through many Spiritual Formation approaches, ranging from traditional Bible Study groups, to Sunday-morning sessions led by our ministers and other teachers, to a variety of small groups that meet our needs in different ways for different seasons. We are being called to think beyond education to formation, beyond knowledge about God to an experience of God, and to experience the formative practices of the faith that reach body, mind and spirit. Through study and small group participation, through worship, art and spiritual practice, we are exploring what it means to be God's people.

Adult Formation Classes

Our Christian Formation for Adults runs deep and varied. In addition to regular small groups and occasional lectures, we also offer several staff- and lay-led classes and discussions an hour before morning worship, at 10 a.m. on most Sunday mornings, September through June. Often called the “10 O’Clock Hour,” these offerings range from theological explorations of key themes in our tradition (e.g., Creation, Incarnation, Who is Jesus?, the Sacraments) to more topical offerings related to current events in the world or in the life of the church. Please see the Sunday bulletin and our website for an updated schedule of classes and locations. Or join us for our Community Gathering Time at 9:45 a.m. in Margaret Jewett Hall. In addition to coffee or tea, we offer a brief liturgy of song and blessing and a look ahead to 10 a.m. options for the day. On many Sunday mornings, there is also a small group Bible Study being offering in the Tower Room at 10 a.m. Lay leaders and scriptural foci vary.

Small Groups

See our Small Groups page for more information.

Please see the Sunday bulletin, First Glance, and our website for an updated schedule of classes and locations. Or join us for our Community Gathering Time...

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