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.

The library’s “OPALS” catalog can be searched from anywhere with an Internet connection and a browser (Firefox or Chrome are preferred).  Watch the Home Page for highlighted features such as topical bibliographies, “face-out bookshelves” of seasonal materials, recommended Internet sites, and even the daily weather report!  Check the New Items page for all new titles added during the past 365 days. Look for Starred ratings and user comments about individual titles – and even 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.

Previous Lecturers include:


Leah Schade
Jonathan Lee Walton
Ted Wardlaw
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

The adult classes below will meet at 10:00 a.m. on the 200 hall from September 11 – October 23.

Class Description
Daughters & Disciples: Women in the New Testament
Led by Associate Pastor Leigh Stuckey
(Room 209)

Often when we think of the New Testament we remember Jesus’ 12 disciples and the Apostle Paul, but women’s stories are critical to Jesus’ early ministry and the spread of the gospel in the first century. From Elizabeth and Anna to the Samaritan woman and Paul’s early supports, women’s stories are rich and can help inform modern discipleship. Join us for this lecture-style class.

Perspectives on Science and Faith
Led by WPC member John MacCarthy
(Room 212)

This course will be structured around discussions of questions such as the following: What is science? What is religion? What is the purpose of science? What is the purpose of religion? Is there scientific evidence for the existence of God? Do astrophysics and evolution disprove the existence of the God of Hebrew scriptures? How are scientific and religious realities similar and different? How are scientific and religious thought similar and different? Is science fundamentally anti-religious? Is religion fundamentally anti-science? Are there ways in which they can support one another? What are miracles? Do they (did they) occur and what does science say? Does prayer “work”? Is religious experience “simply a brain state” or is it communion with God? What does science say about religious experience? What are scientific and religious perspectives on free will? Does God exist and are we able to know Him/Her/It?.


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.

Would you like to be connected to the happenings of the Women of Westminster?  Click here to receive email notifications.

Women of Westminster Circle Groups
Circle 3: Dee Malone, Leader
Circle 6: Sherry Tate & Liz Einstein, Leaders
Circle 7: Talitha Allen, Leader

Look for information about Circle meetings in the Harbinger. All women are welcome to join a Circle and to join us at Women of Westminster events!

Looking for information on offerings for the kids?


Mens Group


 

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

The Men’s Group gathers periodically for breakfast and lunch. The group also has speakers periodically.

The main events for the group are two mission trips to Camp Thornwell, one in the fall and one in the spring. The men work at the camp and enjoy great food, fun, and fellowship.

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 Study & Fellowship Series led by Leigh Stuckey meets at 6:30p on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at a local restaurant or member’s home.

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.

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Upcoming

Young Adult Events


AUGUST 20 | 5:30-7:00ish: Pizza and fellowship
(Coastal Crust, The Village of West Greenville)

SEPTEMBER 18 | 6:30pm: Bimonthly Discussion Series Kick Off
(Birds Fly South, Hampton Station)

OCTOBER 2 | 6:30pm:Wednesday Discussion Series
(the Smith Home)

OCTOBER 16 | 6:30pm:Wednesday Discussion Series
(the Edwards Home)

NOVEMBER 6 | 6:30pm:Wednesday Discussion Series
(the Weaver-Patterson Home)

NOVEMBER 20 | 6:30pm:Wednesday Discussion Series
(the Blount Home)

DECEMBER 1 | 6:30pm:WestFest VII featuring live music from The West End String Band and food from Thoroughfare, The Chuck Truck, and We’ve Got the Beets
(The Westminster Green Lot)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 | 6:00pm – till :Annual Christmas Party (SPOOKY edition) and Cocktail Christmas
(Leigh’s House)


 

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