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.

From Census to Wise Men: Journeys in the Christmas Stories
 
This series will explore in depth the familiar Christmas stories in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. In this year where are movements are so much more restricted due to COVID-19, what does it mean to embrace the spiritual metaphor of journey? Can we find ways to still travel together spiritually this Advent season? Embracing a hope that we can indeed find strength and resilience in these stories for our time, join as we find comfort, questions, and courage in these familiar narratives.
 
12/16 Luke 2:8-20, Barbara Davis
12/23 John 1:1-14, Barbara Davis
1/6 Matthew 2:1-12, Barbara Davis
 

This series is virtual, zoom information can be found in our First Matters newsletter, please email fpcnyc@fpcnyc.org 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 fpcnyc@fpcnyc.org 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 bdavis@fpcnyc.org.

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/ harpermeg718@gmail.com.

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 bdavis@fpcnyc.org and we will happily add you to our list.

Thursdays at 8 – 8:20 am, December 3, 10, 17

Are you having trouble putting your prayers into words? Have you ever wondered about different kinds of prayers that the pastors write each week? Would you like to be strengthened and comfort your spirit during Advent? Join Barbara for this short virtual prayer writing time while you prepare to start your day. Each session will begin with a short reading of an Advent prayer, text or hymn. Participants will then be invited with writing prompts to write their own prayers based on the themes of patience, journey, and hope. No one will be asked to share their writing; this time is simply a time to think about prayer in new ways and gather with others in the community for a time to focus on your prayer life.

This series is virtual, zoom information can be found in our First Matters newsletter, please email fpcnyc@fpcnyc.org to sign up.

For more information about meeting times and how you can get involved contact Audrey Webber at awebber@fpcnyc.org.

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 nstansifer@fpcnyc.org.

For more information about meeting times and how you can get involved contact Audrey Webber at awebber@fpcnyc.org.

Upcoming Adult Learning​ Events

Mon 08

Qigong at First

March 8 @ 5:30 pm
Wed 10

Conversational Spanish

March 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Thu 11

Lenten Prayer Writing

March 11 @ 8:30 am - 8:50 am
Mon 15

Qigong at First

March 15 @ 5:30 pm
Wed 17

Conversational Spanish

March 17 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Thu 18

Lenten Prayer Writing

March 18 @ 8:30 am - 8:50 am
Sat 20

Inquirers’ Class/New Member Workshop

March 20 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sun 21

Facing Racism Roundtable

March 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm