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.

During this season of virtual church, you are encouraged to find ways to engage and connect via our Adult Education Facebook Group. Want to study on your own? Check out this list of 25 books to read as recommended by the Pastors.

Virtual Adult Education Opportunities:
(Please see our Virtual Calendar for weekly schedule.)

SUNDAYS:

  • 9:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Discussion Group with Paul MacMurray.
    Via Zoom Conference Call. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on joining the call.
  • 9:00 a.m. Digging Deeper Bible Study.
    Via Zoom Conference Call. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on joining the call.
  • 9:00 a.m. Filling the Well Discussion Group for Women.
    Via Zoom Conference Call. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on joining the call.
  • 11:00 a.m. Exploring the Apocryphal Gospels. Led by Joshua Yoder.
    April 19, 26 and May 3, 10 and 17
    Each of the four Gospels gives a somewhat different picture of Jesus. But these gospels do not exhaust the variety of early Christian writing about Jesus' life and teachings. So-called "apocryphal gospels" also recorded teachings and deeds of Jesus, sometimes similar to those found in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, sometimes wildly different. In this class we will explore a variety of these "extra-canonical" gospels and discuss what they can tell us about early Christian life and thought. Participants are encouraged to purchase The Other Gospels: Accounts of Jesus from Outside the New Testament via Kindle here. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly for the link to join this class.

WEEKDAYS:

  • 10:00 a.m. Where is the Church: From Pentecost to Pandemic. Led by Courtenay Willcox.
    Tuesdays, April 14, 21, 28 and May 5
    Spend four weeks exploring the role of the church: the church's introduction at Pentecost, the church during the Reformation, the church in the 20th Century, and the church during and after COVID-19. Will we be able to return to the way things were, or is this pandemic a liminal space that will usher us into something new for ourselves and for Christ's church on earth? We’ll explore what the church has looked like throughout history and vision what might be ahead through conversation, guided visualization, art and music. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly for the link to join this class.
  • 7:00 p.m. Centering Prayer, Mindfulness and Meditation. Led by Patricia Danzon.
    Tuesdays, April 14, 21, 28 and May 5 and 12
    Using Cynthia Bourgault’s book, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Patricia introduces the practice of centering prayer while also touching briefly on the practices of mindfulness and meditation. Centering Prayer is a method of meditation used by Christians that places a strong emphasis on interior silence. The name was taken from Thomas Merton's description of contemplative prayer as prayer that is "centered entirely on the presence of God.” You can purchase Bourgault’s book for your Kindle here. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly for the link to join this class.
  • 10:00 a.m. Coffee Cup Bible Study.
    Wednesdays
    Via Zoom Conference Call. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on joining the call.
  • 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Men's Study.
    2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.
    Via Zoom Conference Call. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on joining the call. 
  • 10:00 a.m. Thursday Morning Book Study.
    Thursdays
    Via Zoom Conference Call. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on joining the call.
  • 7:00 p.m. Bible from Scratch.
    Meets the fourth Thursday of the month.
    Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on joining the call.

 

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