Our education ministry offers many ways for people of all ages to grow in relationship with God through exploring the Bible and its Word to our world today.
From the annual Brown Lecture Series that brings some of the greatest theological minds in the world to Dallas, to our extensive Sunday School programs that offer some of Dallas’ greatest minds as regular teachers, to our many weekly opportunities for in-depth Bible study, your faith will be nurtured, stretched and challenged through the education ministry of FPC.
We offer a balance of learning opportunities, worship, fellowship and service to others to grow spiritually.
Sunday worship is at 8:45 a.m. in the chapel and 10:50 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Sundays at 9:30 a.m. - Map to Locations
Active senior adults who are enthusiastic about studying the bible. Organized in the 1940’s, with a rich fellowship and a strong community. Class is lecture format using the Uniform Lesson Series, taught by a rotation of excellent teachers. Two words to describe the Allman Class: Caring and Friendly. Room 320.
Come enjoy coffee, connection and community. Visit Home Room as we explore interesting and diverse Biblical studies, theology, spiritual formation and Presbyterian beliefs. Parlor.
Single and married (with and without children), all are welcome! This class uses a variety of curricula and teaching methods including lecture/discussion, video, Bible study and relevance to contemporary issues. Discussion is encouraged. The class participates in social gatherings and service projects. Room 322. Contact Jim and Nell Carvell for more information.
Adults of all ages who enjoy the opportunity to pool insights and ideas on Biblical texts and Christian doctrine. Lively, interactive, welcoming and inquisitive study/discussion format, led by rotating teachers and guest speakers, including current pastors. Hosts service and social events. Room 324. Contact Margaret Ouzts for more information.
Founded in the 1950s, this class (now senior adults) is named for the missionary Marguerite Mizell. Combines lectures/discussion format using the Uniform Lesson Series taught by a rotation of experienced teachers. Great fellowship, teaching and caring. Room 321. Contact Jeanne Werner for more information.
Series of six classes offered in spring and fall. An introduction to the history and ministries of First Presbyterian Church, and beliefs and practices of our denomination, the PCUSA. Sign up with Emily Hill.
A large, eclectic group of adults of all ages who enjoy stimulating and challenging presentations. This class supports a variety of benevolences and a number of social events. Long-time teacher Dr. Dan Foster’s lectures are available live and prerecorded. Contact Russ Coleman or visit here for more information.
A gathering for 20-30-somethings that is discussion-based and deals with contemporary issues of faith and culture important to the Generation Y and Millennial crowds. Josh Taylor is coordinator, and leadership is drawn from a variety of sources. Note: class meets from 9:15-10:15 am. Chancel Choir Room.
A lively and active group of single and married adults seeking God’s will in their lives through regular Bible study and strong fellowship. Discussion format uses the Uniform Lesson Series. Parties, retreats, outings and activities as well. Contact Martha Ingrum. Room 319.
Twenty-First Century Disciples
This class, for adults of all ages, combines presentation and open discussion of timely topics in theology, social justice, Christian living and popular culture. All topics are viewed through the lens of scripture and our Reformed faith. Contact Doug Fenn. Koinonia Room.
Weekly groups meet to learn more about the biblical texts.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Wednesday Evening Bible Study provides a comprehensive, in-depth Bible study in three 8-week segments. The course uses videos featuring leading Bible scholars, daily readings and weekly group discussions. The study meets Wednesdays from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
Monthly Bible study groups meet in various locations September through May. “Projects” is a hands-on mission program that meets the fourth Tuesday of every month. Occasional seminars and presentations are offered on topics of interest.
Pastor's Weekly Bible Study
Wednesdays at noon, a study focusing on the sermon text for the following Sunday worship.
G5 Men's Bible Studies
Occurs Wednesday at 7 AM each week, and meets in two locations. One study meets in Plano, and the other meets in Courson 1 of the church building. Contact Jim Carvell or Chuck Hudson for more information.
Presbyterian Women began in the 1800s and is open to all women of the church. These women are involved in Bible study, prayer, outreach and fellowship.
At First Presbyterian Church Dallas, women meet in smaller groups called Circles. Some Circles meet at the church and some in members' homes. Circles meet monthly on Monday and Tuesday mornings, Sunday afternoons, and Thursday evenings. To join a Presbyterian Women Circle, please contact Bonnie Edwards.
First Thursday is a monthly gathering of First Presbyterian women and their friends for a time of food and fellowship. It’s open to all women who range in age from early 20s through Keenagers. Location varies monthly as does the group that attends. The gathering is a great way to meet other women from this wonderfully diverse congregation. A special invitation is issued to those women who have recently joined First Presbyterian Church and are looking for a way to connect with others.
Projects takes place on the fourth Tuesday of each month in Blakley Hall. This is a relaxed time of fellowship while making pillows, lap robes and finger puppets that are distributed to Dallas Children's Medical Center, Grace Presbyterian Village and other church members. Projects has continued to benefit from monies granted by the Sparks Foundation. This ministry began more than 50 years ago.
For more information or to join Projects, call 214-748-8051, contact Bonnie Edwards.
Presentations by scholars, pastors and seminary professors, on a variety of topics that include Faith & Culture, Bible, Theology & Church History, and Spiritual Formation. Presentations occur at times other than the Sunday morning education hour, often on Sunday afternoon or evening. All are invited to attend these stimulating presentations following Sunday lunch in Byrd Hall. Sponsored by the Adult Education Committee.
Join us in 2016 as we focus on Mission and the Presbyterian Mission Yearbook of Prayer as our Education and Faith Formation Theme.
How can you participate?
- The readings include the daily lectionary passages, information about mission partners and projects tied to the PCUSA, and a prayer. (This is available online [linked below] and daily reminders can be subscribed too or monthly print copies are available from Education Office)
- Pray for mission partners near and far.
- Attend the Mission Look presentations after lunch in Blakely Hall on Sundays Sept. 25, Oct. 23, and Nov. 20. Our presenters include among others, Young Adult Volunteer and FPC Member Mary Kate Bevel, the Haiti Mission Team, Arrow Outreach, Mi Escuelita Preschools, Mercy Ships, and Camp Camilla in N. Ireland. More detailed information is available in the newspaper and e-news.
For more information about Mission YearLook you can contact one of the team members – Eunice Fernandez, Kathryn Carpenter, Bob Kennedy, Randall McGee, Alex Soucek or any of the Education Staff – Miatta Wilson, Bonnie Edwards, Camilla Ballard.
Congregational Life Calendar
Below you will find a list of upcoming events for the 2016-17 year.
2/18 College of Elders – 9:30 am
3/1 Ash Wednesday 3/10-12 Women’s Retreat – Prothro Center
4/13 Maundy Thursday Home Communion – 1 pm
4/21-23 Pine Cove All Church Retreat
7/21-23 Mo-Ranch All Church Retreat
All-Church Retreat at Mo Ranch
July 21-24, 2017 Many members of all ages explore aspects of our faith through various activities, worship, classes and special speakers. Join us at Mo-Ranch, in the Texas hill country, for fun, learning, and fellowship.
Spring Retreat at Pine Cove
An annual retreat is held among the pines and azaleas each spring in East Texas. Spend time studying, gaining inspiration from special speakers, and sharing fellowship and fun with other families from the church.
Fall Campout at Camp Gilmont
A weekend of tent or RV camping at Camp Gilmont near Gilmer, Texas. Enjoy the fall colors and cool weather in the piney woods of East Texas.
Annual Women's Retreat
This 24-hour retreat offers spiritual renewal and fellowship for women of all ages. It is usually held in a Dallas area hotel with outstanding leadership to help women nurture body, mind and spirit.
Dinner D’Eight (pronounced “date”) is a fun fellowship activity to help folks at FPC to get to know each other through table fellowship. Groups of eight (more or less!) are formed, then they decide when and where to gather throughout the year. Traditionally, these groups have helped form lasting friendships among people who might not otherwise become acquainted. Bon Appetit!
Registration is closed for 2016-17, and will open again in the fall of 2017.
Senior Adults (KEENAGERS) Programs
Field Trips. Luncheons. Friendship. Keenagers provides wonderful fellowship opportunities for mature adults. Monthly programs are held at the church and consist of speakers and entertainment with a luncheon. Trips are scheduled throughout the year. Participants take an active role in planning activities and operating the programs. This is a great way to make new friends as well as nurture long-lasting relationships. Friends and neighbors are welcome to participate. Watch the church paper for announcements about activities and come for the fun. Contact Debbie Reinhardt-Young, LCSW (Director of Senior Adult Ministries) at ext. 224 for more information.