Adult Christian Faith Formation, 2017-18

We hope you will share the excitement we have about our classes. We believe they meet needs for solid, traditional style Sunday School classes that are relationship-oriented with 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 journey.

The scope of Adult Christian Faith Formation, concentrated in the Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings from 9:45 to 10:45, 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. Courses offer help and hope for spiritual growth and explore the implications of our faith.

Recognizing the diversity of our member needs and interests, we offer variety in format. Currently, 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.We invite you to read below about upcoming adult faith formation classes and feel the excitement about new learning. See you in class!


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

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”?

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
  • Books
    between the testaments, Books that didn’t make the Bible, and the Gospel of
    Judas – 5 weeks, from The Thoughtful Christian
  • Efird
    Comprehensive Overview of the Bible – The Prophets (4 lessons) and Wisdom
    Literature (2 lessons)

A class focused on parents with young children, September through December.

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 Van Scoyoc

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. Embedded 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 Thanksgiving 2017:
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.

Oct 1 –  Mindfulness I; Jason Troiano

Mindfulness meditation helps reduce stress, anxiety, and promotes well-being. Jason here offers the first of three sessions throughout the year.

Oct 8 – More Than You Know: all about CPC; 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
tradition’s thinking.

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 Class!

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. It matters.

Nov 12 – “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 Gift Market

The suggestion is to meet together, discuss the purpose of the AGM, and then visit it.

Nov 26 – No classes; recess for Thanksgiving weekend