Adult Education

Adult Ministries

From Classes to Special Interest Groups


Deepen your understanding of the Bible and engage with other adults. We have a lot going on at Westminster!

Library


Margaret Paylor

Westminster offers its congregation an up-to-date collection and volunteer assistance to help members of the church family:

  • + Further their own faith development
  • + Develop skills as Christian educators and parents
  • + Become more effective within their families and community
  • + More effectively live out their faith as leaders within the congregation and community
  • + Find comfort and nurture during life’s transitions.

Resources for pre-schoolers through senior adults include books, magazines, audiovisual materials (DVDs and CDs), and computer files, as well as many Internet links to book reviews, study guides, online-only publications, audios, and videos. Audio recordings of selected adult Sunday School classes may be borrowed on CD. The collection currently includes approximately 4,000 items.

Check the library’s Internet-accessible catalog for New Items added during the past 30-365 days. Look for Starred ratings and user comments about individual titles, and add your own evaluations.

Didn’t find what you need? One click on the “Foothills Presbytery” tab will check the catalog for that library. Located on Woodruff Road near Simpsonville, this collection also loans to members of our church family. Ask a library volunteer for more information, or email the Library.

Heritage Lecture Series


The Heritage Lecture Series is a long-standing tradition of Westminster’s which seeks to expand the religious horizons of our community by inviting world-class lecturers to teach and preach one Sunday per year.

Watch the Harbinger for more information about upcoming lecturers. Our latest lecturer, Philip Yancey, led both a Sunday School class and the Sunday Service on January 28th. He gave a lecture on Dispensing Grace in a Divided World and preached on Spirits to Avoid. Westminster truly appreciates his time and presence. Next up is Ted Wardlaw, president of Austin Theological Seminary!

We welcome Ted Wardlaw to our church on March 25.

Previous Lecturers include:


Philip Yancey
Diana Butler Bass
Brian McLaren
Sister Helen Prejean
Yahya Hendi
Thomas Troeger
Sandra Brown
Miroslav Volf
Amy-Jill Levine
Thomas Long

Sunday School


Westminster is dedicated to enhancing the spiritual lives of our members by engaging the Scriptures and traditions of the Church, and believes fundamentally that what we learn in study has the power to transform our daily living. Classes are taught on a rotational model and change every 6-8 weeks. Classes are taught during the program year at 10:00am on the 200 Hall.

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the human realities of aging, frailty, and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should do. As Christians, humans made by God, how do we protect meaning, purpose, and grace as we age and die?

Led by Trey DuBose & Ted Gentry
Room 209

As Christians we are the anointed messengers for the Good News of the Gospels in the new year and always. But what about the news: Where do we get it? How do we know we can count on it? Is there any real news or is it all faux news? And what is our thoughtful Christian response to “What’s new?”

Led by Judith Chandler-Huse
Room 210

This course will probe the tension some feel between their religious beliefs and modern science, looking at our understanding of God, the ways of knowing in science and religion, challenges to religion that science brings, and the threat of being made obsolete.

Led by David Rutledge
Room 211

Join us each Sunday as we examine more deeply the texts from worship. This is a lecture-style class and an informal way to get to know others and help find your place at WPC. Enjoy conversation and context as we delve into the Sunday Scripture, sermon, and events from the week’s news.

Led by Leigh Stuckey
Room 212

The 2017 word of the year was “feminism” due to increasing attention on the roles, treatment, and status of women in the modern world. But the issue of how women have been treated, mistreated, and represented is an old story, one that is on display in both Old and New Testament. This class will review some of the known and unknown stories of women in the Bible — Tamar, Ashram, Deborah, the Marys, Rhoda — and ask what their stories can teach us as we attempt to honor and follow God.

Led by Jean Weaver
Room 213

Women of Westminster


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Women of Westminster seeks to connect women of all ages to the people and work of the church, to enhance their spiritual lives, and to provide opportunities for service and education.

Since the early 1800s, organizations of Presbyterian Women have supported missions, fought social injustices, and worked for peace around the world. Presbyterian Women (PW) is an independent organization within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) of more than 300,000 women. Westminster is proud to be a part of the Presbyterian Women organization.

Look for information about these meetings in the Harbinger. We welcome new members and hope that you will join us at our next event!

Looking for information on offerings for the kids?


Mens Group


The Men’s Group provides opportunities for friendships, mutual support, and fun. All men in the church are invited and encouraged to attend.

Our meeting dates are on Thursdays.

2nd Thursday of each month: “Dinner with a Speaker” – meetings are at 6:30 p.m. in Room 209 at the church. We have a prayer and a speaker. We also address the wellness of church members, projects completed by the Handyman Team, and upcoming events.

4th Thursday of each month: “Social Gathering” – meetings at local restaurants. Locations change throughout the year.

The Men’s Group schedule may also be found on the church’s calendar. Announcements are made by email, the Harbinger, and the e-newsletter.

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Young Adults


The “Youngish” program at Westminster provides a spiritual and social home for folks in their early twenties all the way up to their late thirties (lets be honest, we’ve got a few youngish 40 year olds too). Whether you’re single or long-married, without kids or with a host of them, as long as you remember the 90s, we’re glad to have you join us.

Our Youngish Bible & Society Series led by Leigh Stuckey meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Every first Wednesday will be at a local restaurant. Every third will be at a home somewhere in the Greenville area.

Why aren’t we meeting at WPC? Well, just because we’re off campus doesn’t mean we’re not still church—this year we’ll hold our regular discussion series with an added bit of food, fellowship, and libation. Come discuss faith and current events … maybe even snoop around someone’s house! We begin around 6:15 and wrap up by 7:30. Come hungry.

Do y’all have childcare? Unless otherwise noted, childcare is available at the Westminster Nursery from 6:15-7:45. Please enter through the double doors next to the choir room and follow the ramp to the nursery.

 
Upcoming

Young Adult Events


FEB 16 | 7:00: Screening & Discussion, Get Out
(The Duncan Home)

MAR 7 | 6:15-7:30ish: Fellowship & Discussion
(The Stephens Home)

MAR 21 | 6:15-7:30ish: Fellowship & Discussion
(The Blockhouse)

APR 18 | 6:15-7:30ish: Fellowship & Discussion
(The Blockhouse)

MAY 5 | time TBA: Hands on Greenville
(Childcare at WPC)

MAY 15 | 7:00: Trivia
(The Growler Haus)

JUN 3 | 5:00-7:00: The 5th Annual Low Country Boil (Brewery 85)

**for our Wednesday series join us at 6:15pm for fellowship, the program formally begins at 6:30pm.


 

The Flock


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The Flock is a group whose members range in age from mid 30s to early 40s.

Whether single, married, with children or without, we hope you will join us for fellowship, education, and mission. Watch the Harbinger for Flock meeting days and times.

Looking for information on our mission work?

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Lightly Seasoned


Lightly Seasoned is a newly-organized group at Westminster whose purpose is to know one another and become and remain engaged in the life of the Church and our faith.

We’re a collection of …

  • – couples and singles
  • – some without children and others are parents
  • – mostly in our fifties, but we don’t obsess about age
  • – who gather once per quarter for fellowship.

It’s an informal structure, without committees or specific assignments.  Our events are publicized in the Harbinger and via e-mail alerts.

We hope you’ll join us!

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Old But Young

This age 60+ crowd knows how to have a good time and always welcomes new faces! Keep an eye out for our next gathering in the Harbinger.

 

Adult Groups

50’S AND OLDER
This peer-led group provides Bible study and fellowship for couples over 50 who wish to get to know others while studying and growing in God’s Word.

Meeting Information: Second and Fourth Wednesdays of the month in the Charter Room from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Contact: Mary Sargent

We believe that study of Scripture will ensure renewed faith and responsible living.

Jean Weaver’s in-depth Thursday Morning Study, meets every Thursday at 10:00am in the Charter Room.

Connections, an adult fellowship opportunity for singles and couples, meets for a meal the third Sunday of the month after the 11:15 a.m. worship service. Gathering at an area restaurant, the group provides an opportunity to renew old friendships and make new friends.

For additional information, contact Gretta Lawson (963-1570), Mary Ann Cox (963-2335), or Dot Elmore (286-0036

Do you enjoy hiking? Get connected with other Westminster members as we grow spiritually. Members organize hikes and select dates.

Meeting Information: Third Thursday every other month at 6:30 p.m. to plan events.

Contact: Ron Lawson

Bring your own craft project and join this casual group as they fellowship.

Meeting Information: Every Other Wednesday in the Entrance Pavilion at 6:30 p.m.

Contact: Terry Gentry

This group shares lunch, cares and concerns and a short Bible study. Order lunch ahead of time from a menu prepared by the church.

Meeting Information: Third Wednesday of the month in Room 211 at 12:00 p.m.

Contact: Dot Elmore

This diverse group of adults meet to watch movies that relate to our Christian journey. Members lead discussions and select movies and meeting times & places.

Meeting Information: Monthly on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon.

Contact: Janie Little

Watch the Harbinger and e-newsletter for information about senior adult luncheons and activities.
This group fellowships through creativity. Members are encouraged to share what they love to do, and others get a chance to try out these new creative activities. Childcare is provided.

Meeting Information: First Wednesday of the month in Room 211 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Contact: Sue Inman

The Theology Reading Group is led by members and engages with a wide variety of literature, theology, poetry, and art.
The group meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00pm in the Charter Room (directly across from the Library) and is open to members and visitors.

For additional information, please contact Sandra Wallace (864-235-6150) or Pat Shufeldt (864-616-7676).

Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, South Carolina, is a ministry of the Presbyterian Church. This group meets to do fun activities with the children at two Thornwell cottages sponsored by Westminster. Quarterly outings with a girls’ and boys’ cottage are planned by the group. Activities may include bowling, fishing, college football games and cookouts.

Contact: Charlie LeGrand