Adult Education at BMPC

Education & Bible Study

We invite you to open your mind and connect with what is deepest in your heart by joining us for study, conversation, reflection, and prayer.

Our classes are designed to be intellectually engaging and spiritually enriching to help you explore what you believe and grow in faith. In some classes you may consider the implications of religious faith for daily living or learn about the Bible and the basic themes of Reformed theology. In others you will experience Christian prayer practices or engage in discussion about a variety of compelling contemporary issues. Bring your curiosity and questions! You will not be told what to think but instead given the opportunity to process ideas with others.

Sunday Classes 

SUNDAY CLASSES 8:45 a.m.

Sunday Morning Discussion Group. Congregational Hall. Discussion led by the Rev. Dr. Paul MacMurray. Check calendar for meeting dates.

Filling the Well - Converse House Parlor. Discussion of Lori Erickson’s book Near the ExitBooks available at Reception Desk in Ministries Center. Led by the Rev. Rebecca Kirkpatrick. This class is sponsored by BMPC Presbyterian Women and is open to women of all ages. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Digging Deeper. Feb. 23, March 1 - 29, MLADC Living Room. Eugene H. Peterson’s book, Eat this Book: A Conversation on the Art of Spiritual Reading, will guide our conversations this winter as we consider that our approach to reading the Bible is just as what we encounter within it. The Rev. Franklyn Pottorff leads this class, and books are available directly from him. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SUNDAY CLASSES 11:15 a.m.

The Pastoral Care of John Calvin. Sun., Feb. 23, 11:15 a.m., Chapel. Before he was a theologian or reformer, John Calvin was first and foremost a pastor. The Rev. Brian Ballard leads us through an exploration of some of Calvin’s letters and sermons to catch a glimpse of Calvin as a pastoral caregiver to those whom God entrusted to him. Through the letters and sermons, you will see Calvin’s heart for pastoral ministry and how his pastoral care shaped his theology. 

The Rev. Deanna Hollas, Gun Violence Ministry Coordinator. Sun., March 8, 11:15 a.m., Chapel. Rev. Hollas is the first pastor in the United States to be ordained specifically for the work of gun violence prevention. She shares the work that Presbyterians are doing around the country concerning this issue and helps us consider the work our congregation may be called to do in the future to prevent gun violence.

The Geography of the Gospels. Sun., March 15, 11:15 a.m., Chapel. Dr. Joshua Yoder guides us through the itinerant ministry of Jesus Christ as described in the four Gospels. Learn more about the religious and political significance of the places Jesus visited, with a special focus on locations that our choir will explore on their Middle East tour this summer.

History of Modern Israel. Sun., March 22, 11:15 a.m., Chapel. Dr. Ofer Ashkenazi, faculty member at Hebrew University, provides a basic introduction to the history of modern Israel. This class is a part of a spring series in preparation for the 2020 Choir Tour to the Middle East.


Weekday/Saturday Classes

Women’s Coffee Cup Bible Study. Wednesdays from September - May, 10:00 a.m., Gloucester Room. The Rev. Rachel Pedersen leads our study. A weekly study for women of all ages. The Rev. Rachel Pedersen and guest teachers lead discussions of Different Faith Practices and their origins in scripture. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Men’s Study Group. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, September - May, 10:00 a.m., Converse House. Led by the Rev. Dr. Paul MacMurray. Men of all ages invited. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Horizons Bible Study. First Wednesday, September - May, 10:30 a.m., Rosemont Presbyterian Village. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday Morning Men’s Group. Saturdays, September - June, 7:00 a.m., Converse House Parlor, which is accessed via the ramp in the Ministries Center and is next to the Church library. All ages are invited to join for fellowship and lively discussions “beyond the water cooler” on topics of interest to men, such as relationships with parents, spouses, and children. All discussions are confidential. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bible from Scratch - Fourth Thursday of the month - 7:00 p.m. Converse House Parlor
This class led by Rebecca Kirkpatrick, will explore both the basic content and interpretative practices of reading and following scripture. If you have never really studied the Bible, this will be a open and gentle place to start. If you are ready to think about scripture in new and creative ways, this is also the class for you. In addition to reading directly from the Bible, this class will also use: A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World, by Jonathan Walton and The Bible: a Biography by Karen Armstrong. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Book Study: Learning to Walk in the Dark. Thursdays, Feb. 6 – March 12, 10:00 a.m., Converse House Parlor. Within the Christian tradition, a time of darkness often is associated with God’s absence. Yet, in Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all that God has to teach us in the dark. In this book, we are invited into a spirituality of the nighttime, where God teaches us how to find our footing in times of uncertainty and gives us strength and hope to face all of life’s challenging moments. This class is led by the Rev. Brian Ballard, and books are available directly from BrianThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

One Book, One Church: Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, by Yosi Klein Halevi. Our 2020 book selection has been made in partnership with the Community Forum and our summer Choir Tour to the Middle East. Lyrical and evocative, Letters to My Palestinian Neighboris one Israeli’s powerful attempt to reach beyond the wall that separates Israelis and Palestinians. In a series of letters, Yossi Klein Halevi endeavors to untangle the ideological and emotional knot that has defined the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for nearly a century. Using history and personal experience as his guides, he unravels the complex strands of faith, pride, anger, and anguish he feels as a Jew living in Israel. Books available from the BMPC Book Center for $5.00.


Community Forum

The Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Community Forum Distinguished Speaker Series began in 1997 in conjunction with our congregation’s 125th anniversary. The forums were endowed by the Anna and Herbert H. Middleton, Sr. Fund of our church Foundation and have been offered as a service to the community at large. The forums are free and open to the public. The format is a 45-minute presentation followed by a time for questions.

Community Forum Distinguished Speaker Series. Mon., April 27, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary. Our Community Forum presenter is Yossi Klein Halevi, a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. His presentation will focus on his latest book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbora New York Times bestseller. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, he co-directs the Institute's Muslim Leadership Initiative, which teaches emerging young Muslim American leaders about Judaism, Jewish identity, and Israel. Halevi’s 2013 book, Like Dreamers, won the Jewish Book Council's Everett Book of the Year Award. He writes for leading op-ed pages, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and is a former contributing editor to the New Republic.


The Book Center
Books for children and adults are available for sale at Book Center table in the gym following worship. Books also may be purchased weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the Book Center cabinets in the Ministries Center Court. Key is available at the Reception Desk.

The Library
The Library is on the second floor of the Ministries Center. When you enter the Ministries Center, there is a ramp on the left that leads to the library. (The ramp is before you reach the steps to the Court.) Follow the ramp, and look for signs directing you to the library. Special collections including Presbyterian and Reformed history and theology, comparative religion, spiritual growth, social issues, Christian classics and BMPC history and local history. The Library is open whenever the Ministries Center is open. A sampling of books are located on the racks in the Ministries Center Court next to the Book Center.

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