Adult Faith Formation

At CPC, we view faith formation as a process that informs, forms, and transforms us into disciples of Jesus Christ. Faith formation in the Christian church encourages people of all ages to:

  • Grow in our relationship with God throughout our lives;
  • Live as disciples of Jesus Christ at home, at work, and in the world; 
  • Develop an understanding of the Bible and our faith tradition;
  • Deepen our spiritual life and practices;
  • Engage in service and mission;
  • Relate the Christian faith to life today; and
  • Participate in the life and ministries of the faith community.

Faith Formation at CPC includes a variety of opportunities for learning and growing in faith for all ages. We hope you will enjoy learning with and from others on your faith journey. For questions about any of these classes or in general about CPC's adult education offerings, please contact Reverend Alan Bancroft through the church office.

*While current COVID-19 safety precautions are in place, some classes are meeting virtually or, if meeting in-person, will sometimes also offer an online option.

adult classes

We hope you will share the excitement we have about opportunities for Adult Faith Formation. Recognizing the diversity of our member needs and interests, we offer variety in format and content. We invite you to read below about current adult faith formation offerings.

*CHECK BACK PERIODICALLY FOR UPDATES OF THESE AND OTHER FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES.

Lectionary Bible Study
Wednesdays at 6 PM in the Narthex

This study uses the Sunday Lectionary readings.  Come and discuss the texts which will be used in worship on Sunday.  Leader: Scott Gibbs.

Bible & Beyond
This fall B&B will meet via Zoom on Wednesday nights from 7:30-8:30.

Meeting ID: 821 3749 4129
Passcode: 614614
B&B will begin the year with a six-week study of Short Stories by Jesus, a video course about Jesus' parables based on the book by Vanderbilt University New Testament professor Amy-Jill Levine. Later in the fall the class will study The Making of the New Testament Canon from a Great Courses video series taught by Bart Ehrman, New Testament scholar and Religious Studies professor at UNC Chapel Hill.  We begin September 15.
Leaders: Lisa and Alan Ward.

Adult Follow Me
 (Sundays 9:15 - 10:15 in Room 100)

Using the Follow Me curriculum, reflection guides, & videos the first unit will look closely at the Faith Practice of Hospitality. In each unit, aspects of the practice are explored; biblical stories illustrate them and how the Christian community has understood them for more than two thousand years.  Leader:  Hunter Piermont.

Join us in person or over Zoom:
Click Here: Join Zoom Meeting 
Meeting ID: 829 9665 1299
Passcode: 447486

The Pilgrimage
(Periodic courses offered - see the Church Calendar)

For Christians hearing the call to go deeper —
The Pilgrimage creates a community and provides tools and experiences through which we learn to hear the call of God and respond in faith, journeying together with friends on the path to a Spirit-led and joyful life.
To learn more visit the website HERE.

Presbys at the Pub — Fortnight Brewery
Thursdays 7:15-8:30

Meet for fellowship and conversations in a non-traditional setting.

Faith Formation Extras

October (10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31) Sunday am class based on The Hopeful Family by Amelia Richardson Dress. A discussion of Faith Practices for parents of children & youth

November (11/7, 11/14) Sunday am class based on Grateful by Diana Butler Bass. A discussion of the Faith Practice of Gratitude

Cool Books Club (10/5, 11/2, 12/7) be sure to check the eLINK each month for details on what is being read

Women’s Bible Study Look for details coming soon in the eLINK

Alternative Gift Market (11/21) In lieu of regular Sunday morning classes, come join us in Faith Formation as service.

Women’s Bible Study
(Currently meets Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.)

This group meets to discuss books that explore biblical themes, characters, and stories, particularly connected with issues facing women today. Previous topics of study include: Bad Girls of the Bible and From Widows to Warriors: Women's Stories from the Old Testament. 

The Pastor's Class
Meeting Sunday mornings at 9:15-10:15

“Isaiah: ‘Listen So That You May Live’”

The Book of Isaiah is one of the most important books in the Bible and it is enormously complex in its structure and theological message.  This Fall the Pastor’s Class will be exploring the Book of Isaiah.  This will be the kind of Bible study which aims to teach you things that the typical Sunday School has not covered.  We will always be looking for the ways in which Isaiah can be a contemporary word to us and not just an historical word to the people of the ancient mid-East.  Pastor Paul is particularly hopeful that people who have not attended Sunday School in recent years will give this course in Isaiah a try.  To quote the poet Isaiah, “Incline your ear, and come to me; listen so that you may live.”  So come, and bring a friend and let us see what Isaiah can teach us about faithfulness in the 21rst century.   We begin September 19 at 9:15 AM.  Bring your Bible!