Adult Learning

We grow in our faith by coming together. Now more than ever, as we are physically distanced, we offer many ways to connect and grow.

We value conversations about how the biblical narrative intersects with our own faith lives. Classes are facilitated by ministers and lay leaders. Please join us as we nurture and explore our spiritual lives.

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Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.

Bible Study: Paying Attention to the Little Things
 
Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m., February 3 & 10
 
A prairie ecologist sets aside a year to photograph "all the beauty and diversity" of one square meter of prairie land. An acoustic ecologist marks one square inch with a red stone in the Olympic National Park to protect from any human sound. Why are these ecologists paying so much attention to the little things? How do our scriptures challenge us to consider the small things of our faith? This "little" two-part series will explore how scripture calls us to encounter the little things in our discipleship - mustard seeds, yeast, salt, just to name a few. 
 

This series is virtual, zoom information can be found in our First Matters newsletter, please email [email protected] to sign up.

Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Start your Sundays with us early this winter! Bring your own coffee to this virtual study series that focuses on the broad trends in theology by looking at the voices of major liberation theologians and their influencers in the late-20th century. Each session will also connect these trends with a discussion of a scripture passage that exemplifies that theology. Beginners, seekers, new members, experienced Bible students, are ALL welcome!

  • 1/10 Rosemary Radford Reuther, Hannah Faye Allred
  • 1/17 Gustavo Gutiérrez, Barbara Davis
  • 1/24 Paulo Freire, Barbara Davis
  • 1/31 Ivone Gebara, Barbara Davis

 

This series is virtual. Zoom information can be found in our First Matters newsletter Please email [email protected] to sign up.

All are welcome for the start of this new bi-monthly Bible study on the first and third Thursdays of the month – part of our LGBTQ Program and led by the Rev. Dr. Barbara Davis. Over the course of the fall, the discussions will explore the Gospel of John. All are welcome to this virtual series. For more information and the zoom link, contact Barbara Davis at [email protected].

Join PW as we continue this year’s study called “Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament.” Both the Sunday and Wednesday circles are virtual and are participating in the same study, so please join the circle that works best with your schedule.

Presbyterian Women – Sunday Circle – First Sundays of the month at 12:30 p.m.

Presbyterian Women – Wednesday Circle – First Wednesdays of the month at 8:00 p.m.

All Are Welcome to Qigong at First, beginning Monday evening January 4th at 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.

This meditative practice is a way to enrich your spiritual life through silent prayer. Your body is like a Tree, connected to the mystery of the earth with its roots, and to the heavens with its canopy. Sitting or standing, one quiets the mind, listens to the breath, and feels the blessing of the surrounding light. 

For details, contact Meg Harper: 917.588.0681/ [email protected].

We are proud to partner with PRiSM, a multi-denominational, progressive Christian ministry serving young adult college and graduate students in Greenwich Village. There are several programs that may be of interest to you or a college student you know.

PRiSM REST STOP
Sundays, 5-5:45 p.m. on Zoom
This Sunday evening program is a chance for students to take a study break and recharge. The program includes a check in, followed by a fun activity, and then a time of prayer or meditation. The zoom link is: www.tinyurl.com/sundayreststop. If you are a student, please join us!

College Student Pantry. This is a food pantry program for college and graduate students in NYC and is run by student volunteers. The pantry is for any student in need of food. No questions asked. It is located at Trinity's SAFH in the East Village at 602 E. 9th Street (at the corner of Ave. B) and is open the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 3-5 p.m.

PRiSM Tuesday Zoom Bible Study - 8 p.m.
Join students from across the whole Vine network for a weekly Zoom gathering to check in and read Scripture in community. This semester, the plan is to read the whole Gospel of Mark - it's the shortest one - and explore what it meant in its context and means for us today.

Tuesdays 8-9:30 p.m. Here's the link.

The Young Adult ministry of FPC includes fellowship opportunities for 20/30s to gather for conversation and community. These casual come-as-you are, drop in events are a great way to connect with other young adults in an often anonymous big city. If you would like to be on the mailing list for this program, contact [email protected] and we will happily add you to our list.

Seasonal Series hosted by the Earth Care Action Group Tuesday, January 26, 20201 at 7 p.m.

What opportunities does winter in the northeast afford us to think about how we pray and care for the earth? This workshop will explore the language of care of creation in prayers found in our Book of Common Worship as well as in the scriptures. Care will be given to consider how the images of winter around us suggest possible new language for "green" prayers. The first part of this workshop will focus on the theology and language in our tradition of earth care, while the second part will allow for participants to write their own prayers based on the season. Writing prompts will be provided. This workshop is part of new seasonal earth care prayer writing series. Join us as we explore the images for prayer in winter, spring, summer and fall!

This series is virtual, zoom information can be found in our First Matters newsletter, please email [email protected] to sign up.

For more information about meeting times and how you can get involved contact Audrey Webber at [email protected].

Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Brush up on your Spanish skills while learning more about the culture and history of Spanish-speaking countries. This conversational class is open to all levels and is a great way to hone your skills while spending time with First Church friends. Led by member Daniel Duque who has taught Spanish at Cornell University and The Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations. For more information contact Nicole Stansifer at [email protected].

For more information about meeting times and how you can get involved contact Audrey Webber at [email protected].

Upcoming Adult Learning​ Events

Sep 18

Inquirers/New Members Workshop

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm