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!


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:

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

We at Westminster believe that education is essential for discipleship and hope that what you learn in this place will transform your living beyond our doors. This quarter kicks off Sunday, March 1, and will run each Sunday through April 5. You are welcome to join any class at any point.

From the earliest beginnings of the Christian faith, its members have been devoted to helping others.  After a brief review of the interwoven history of Christianity and medicine in general, the focus of this class will be on the current interaction between the Christian faith and the complexities of the modern medical world.  Topics will be presented by a variety of congregational members involved in the medical field and will include mission work, challenging patients and diagnoses, medical malpractice, and medical finances.
Teachers: Scott & Denise Broderick with Ben Alexander, Trey & Kimberly DuBose, and Rob Morgan
Room: 209
Using the curriculum Feasting on the Word, developed by John Knox Press, with insight from some of the best scholars and preachers in America, this discussion-based class will explore more deeply the Gospel of John.  The class will work through Lenten Scriptures, many of which will be preached in worship.  Discussion will center on textual exploration and modern day application.
Teachers: Ben Alexander, Jim Gettys, Christa Likes, and LeAnne White
Room: 213
Untangling the headlines regarding the Middle East world is a complex task and requires knowledge beyond soundbites.  This lecture-and-discussion-based class will be an exploration of the modern history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with some attention paid to the wider Arab world.  Our hope is that you will be able to better understand current events in the region.
Teacher: Nathan Stock
Room: 212

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, 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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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

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.

The in-depth Thursday morning study meets at 10:00 a.m. in the Charter Room fall-spring.

Get your day started right with the
“It’s Never Too Early to Talk About Jesus” study and discussion group. It’s Never too Early meets each second and fourth Tuesday in the Women’s Lounge at 6:00a. This semester we are studying Lee Hull Moses’s book, More Than Enough: Living Abundantly In a Culture of Excess. Questions? Contact Kathleen Reynolds or Associate Pastor Leigh Stuckey.
Connections, an adult fellowship opportunity for singles and couples, meets for a meal the second 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).

An occasional social group for LGBTQ+ identifying members of Westminster. Questions? Contact Ellis Bellew.
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 Sunday afternoon.

Contact: Susan Robbins

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 3rd Monday of each month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. 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