Cary Presbyterian Church:
Adult Christian Faith Formation,
We hope you will share the excitement we have about our classes. We believe they better meet needs for solid, traditional
style classes, classes that are more relationship-oriented, and more fluid
offerings that do not require a series or weekly, consecutive attendance. We
trust that all of these offerings will be relevant and will enrich your faith
The scope of Adult Christian Faith Formation, concentrated
in the Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings, is very broad since we see faith
as relevant to every area of our lives. We seek to provide biblical,
theological, and historical context for both new and old insights to be
examined by presentation and open discussion. Subject matter is biblically
oriented, while also including diverse topics and ways of looking at
faith. There are courses offering help
and hope for spiritual growth and courses exploring the implications of our
Recognizing the diversity of our member needs and interests,
we offer variety in format. Please note
that there are three continuing classes and two new classes being formed on
Sunday mornings. (Adult I Bible Study, Bible and Beyond, Young Families all
return. Faith TODAY and possibly several Connections Classes début.) With
enough interest, some courses or educational experiences may be offered
throughout the year. Watch for news of these in future months.
The Christian Faith Formation (CFF) Team wishes to support
your personal, individual learning as well. We have our own faith formation
website called Faith Formation 24-7, with websites for prayer, Bible study, and
other support. There is also a page for adult learning, a page for parents, for
teens and for children. Here is a link to it:
We invite you to read below about upcoming adult faith
formation classes and feel the excitement about new learning. See you in class!
Adult Christian Faith Formation Sunday School: 9:45 to 10:45
Adult 1 (Parlor): Covenants with God, September – June
This popular adult curriculum, based on the Uniform Series,
enables Christians across the globe to study the same Scriptures and topics on
the same Sundays throughout the year.
“Covenants With God” considers the major covenants
God made with people on behalf of the earth and the human community. Beginning
with Noah, God promised benevolence toward creation. God made similar
commitments with Abram, Phinehas, and Ezekiel. Ultimately, the covenant forms
the foundation for the coming Messiah and salvation for the world.
Leaders: Kim Herring,
Wayne Honeycutt, and Libby Graybeal
Bible and Beyond (Room 109): “This Changed Everything – The 500th Anniversary of the
Reformation” (a DVD documentary), September 10 – November
Celebrates the fruits of the Reformation while exploring
difficult questions about the cost of division: Could schism have been avoided?
Is there hope for reunification? What did Jesus really mean when He prayed for
His followers to be “one”?
The Rise and Fall of the Bible, November through January
In this exploration, critically acclaimed author and
professor Timothy Beal takes us back to early Christianity to ask how a box of
handwritten scrolls became the Bible, and forward to see how the
multibillion-dollar business that brought us Biblezines and Manga Bibles is
selling down the Bible’s sacred capital. Showing how a single official text was
created from the proliferation of different scripts, Beal traces its path as it
became embraced as the word of God and Book of books.
Ahead, the class will explore:
• DVD series
The Call by Adam Hamilton – 6 weeks, about the Apostle Paul
• DVD series
Moses by Adam Hamilton – 6 weeks
between the testaments, Books that didn’t make the Bible, and the Gospel of
Judas – 5 weeks, from The Thoughtful Christian
Comprehensive Overview of the Bible – The Prophets (4 lessons) and Wisdom
Literature (2 lessons)
Young Families Class (Room 102):
A class focused on parents with young children, September
This ever-changing, fresh, relationship-oriented class
focuses on being Christian young families. Potential topics include helping
your child to pray, the latest denominational statement on racism, and
everything in between. Many in this class help teach Sunday school and
otherwise serve the church, so come as often as you can but know that it’s okay to come and go.
Leaders: Tia and Tom
New Classes for
Faith TODAY (Room 100): All Year
This class responds to the need for flexibility in
attendance and topic. The class will be different each week. (Occasionally, the
same resource may be used with a different focus.) This allows drop-in
attendance and permits regular learners to engage with a variety of current
subjects. Imbedded will be topics of special interest to prospective or new
members, and those who want to revisit learning about particular Presbyterian
perspectives and practices or about Cary Presbyterian Church. Individual
sessions will be publicized regularly.
Faith TODAY initial subject and leader line-up through
Sept 10: Sports:
The Altars Where We Worship; Hunter Piermont
Subtitled, The Religious Significance of Popular Culture,
this study proposes that intensity of religious devotion is not limited to
churches, etc, but flourishes in various spheres of our cultural life. This
Sunday we’ll look at the altar of sports, in time for football season!
Sept 17: Half
Truths: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle; Jerry Slaymaker
Simple but seemingly profound, many phrases abound that
sound like something you’d find in the Bible – but aren’t. The study compares a
common Christian saying with the wisdom in Scripture.
Sept 24: More
Than Enough: Living Abundantly in a Culture of Excess; Sheri Mitten
This session, and those to follow later, meets us where many
are – physically comfortable with our lives and conveniences but spiritually
less comfortable with our privilege – and gives us a way to think about the
good life in Christian terms so we don’t have to live in painful paradox.
Mindfulness I; Jason Troiano
Mindfulness meditation helps reduce stress, anxiety, and
promotes well-being. Jason here offers the first of three sessions throughout
Oct 8: More Than
You Know: all about CPP; Leader: TBA
This class will help people become familiar with the many
different ministries that we have at CPC, from Food, Friends, Fun to the older
adult ministry, to workshop rotation, to Christian Adventurers, to the chancel
guild, and so on, plus providing a chance to know the staff a bit better.
Oct 15 : What We
Believe; Emmie Brown
Presbyterian theology has some significant things to offer
the world but we often feel a challenge understanding or articulating even the
basics. This session will remind us of the core principles of our Reformed
Oct 22 : Behind
Pulpit and Pew; Pastors
Worship wars have occurred in some churches; the piece of
furniture in the chancel (what?) is called a communion table, not an altar, why
do we have litanies instead of more silent prayers, who picks the hymns-all
this and more as we discuss why we worship, and why this way.
Oct 29 : The
500th Anniversary of the Reformation; Special Emphasis; led by Confirmation
The confirmands will have studied much about our Reformed
tradition and where it originated. Come and enjoy their presentation and
interaction with you.
Nov 5: The Ayes
Have It: Polity; Jerry Slaymaker
Session, General Assembly white papers, Presbytery meetings
here and there, planning, calling pastors are all part of how we’re organized.
“Shout” A Prophetic Piece on Racism; Rev. Deky Hall
The opening words of Isaiah 58 lay the groundwork for this
look at hearing prophetic voices today, exploring responses to provocative
questions after hearing the perspectives of artists and creative thinkers.
Nov 19: Alternative
The suggestion is to meet together, discuss the purpose of
the AGM, and then visit it.
Nov 26: No
Connections Class(es): (Fellowship Hall, other customized
New this year, several Connection Classes may be formed as
participation warrants. Created in response to those who desire to have a more
relationship-based learning experience.
Connection Classes are similar to Connection Groups
currently in existence.
Here are the characteristics of Connection Classes (the
format is an adaptation of a Share, Word, Care model):
weekly, so classes will meet each Sunday morning
self-formed, numbering no less than 5 persons but not more than 10
• use a
simple format of:
in with one another, which may include sharing things from one’s daily life,
concerns about issues in the world, and so forth
–discussing a reading, whether from the Bible, or from an agreed upon
book, video, film, or article which helps further faith in some way. Examples
will be available at Rally Day. Participants obtain the books together or
individually, similar to a book club group (though this is not the same)
together, for one another, and for others
Connections are most successful
when similar life-stages and gender meet together, but there is not a hard and
fast rule about this. Please fill out
the Connections Class interest form found in the narthex or contact Director of Christian Education, Medora Hix, by
telephone (919-819-5360 cell) or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
These new opportunities for Adult Faith Formation Sunday
School have an experimental quality to them. We hope you will try something new
on for size, but we also wish to acknowledge the great ministry of our
continuing classes, which always accept and encourage new participation. Many
blessings to all as we go through this new program year.