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. Click here for the Winter & Spring adult education brochure.

Sunday Classes

Sunday Morning Discussion Group. 8:45 a.m. – Discussion of Book of Joy with the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu. In these trying times, reading the text and doing the practices will help us become more focused and peaceful. Discussion led by the Rev. Dr. Paul MacMurray.

Filling the Well. 8:45 a.m., Children’s Library, Education Building. This winter the class will be drawing upon resources from the NPR program On Being, listening to and reflecting on a curated series of poetry taken from interviews and conversations from the show. Peggy Hermann


Digging Deeper Bible Study.
Sundays, Feb. 24 through April 14, 8:45 a.m., Room 205, Education Building. This Sunday morning Bible Study offers a space for honest questions and reflections on matters of faith, while also helping to build community among long time and new members of our congregation. This spring the group will read and discuss Dean Chapman’s book, How to Worship as a Presbyterian. Building upon the idea of liturgy as the “work of the people.” The Rev. Franklyn Pottorff facilitates this class. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Norristown Works. Sunday, February 17, 11:15 a.m. Witherspoon Parlor. Sunanda Charles, Executive Director of the Hospitality Center in Norristown, joins us to share more information about their new program, Norristown Works. One of this year’s recipients of the Eugene C. Bay Fund for Urban Ministry, this new program seeks to support Norristown residents needing mentoring and support as they seek to re-enter the job market. The Hospitality Center has served homeless and other vulnerable populations in Norristown since 1991. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bonhoeffer Documentary. Sunday, March 3, 11:15 a.m., Witherspoon Parlor. We kick off four weeks of focus on German theologian an activist Dietrich Bonhoeffer by viewing this acclaimed documentary. Extraordinary archival footage is interwoven with interviews with friends, family, students of Bonhoeffer, leading historians and theologians. Carol Schmidt

One Book One Church - After Ten Years. Sunday, March 10, 11:15 a.m. Congregational Hall. We welcome Dr. Victoria Barnett to lead us in a conversation on her recently published companion essay to Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s After Ten Years. Dr. Barnett is Victoria Barnett is director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust. Copies of the book at available in the Book Center for $5.00. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Theological Legacy of Bonhoeffer. Sunday, March 17, 11:15 a.m., Witherspoon Parlor. While we especially remember Bonhoeffer for his legacy in resisting Hitler and his regime, he also left behind a remarkable theological legacy that shapes our understanding of grace and Christian discipleship. Come hear more about the theology of Bonhoeffer with Dr. Katie Day, Professor of Church and Society at United Lutheran Seminary. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bonhoeffer: An Ecumenical Youth Pastor. Sunday, March 24, 11:15 a.m. Witherspoon Parlor.Bonhoeffer’s extensive service as a youth pastor and ability to form ecumenical partnerships were central to his identity and critical to his influence on the church of his day. Though rarely emphasized, a parallel commitment to youth ministry and ecumenism are two of the most consistent themes that emerge from the German theologian’s life story.  Rev. David B. Smith will explore these formative elements of Bonhoeffer’s witness and consider their relevance for the church today. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weekday/Saturday Classes

Grateful: Transformative Power of Giving Thanks. Tuesdays, March 5-April 16, 10:00 a.m., Fullerton Room. Join the Rev. Drew Mann in a Lenten study of Diana Butler Bass’ newest book on the transformative power of gratitude in the life of faith. Books are available from the Book Center for $15. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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 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.

Earth Gospel - A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation. Wednesdays in February, 6:30 p.m. Witherspoon Parlor. Join the Environmental Justice Committee, in reading, prayer and conversations during the month of February, using this wonderful resource that will help to deepen our appreciation of and commitment to God’s Creation. Books are available in the Book Center for $9.00. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Confirmation for Adults. Thursdays, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, 7:00 p.m., Gloucester Room. Together we wrestle with the questions that Presbyterians are asked to answer as followers of Christ anytime we commit ourselves to be active members of a church. Class led by the Rev. Rebecca Kirkpatrick. 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..

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.

The next Community Forum is Monday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Our distinguished speaker is Anthony Ray Hinton.

Thirty years ago, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two capital murders based solely on the assertion that a revolver taken from his mother’s home was the gun used in both murders and in a third uncharged crime. 

One of the longest serving death row prisoners in Alabama history and among the longest serving condemned prisoners to be freed after presenting evidence of innocence, Mr. Hinton is the 152nd person exonerated from death row since 1983. With the help of the Equal Justice Initiative and attorney Bryan Stevenson, freedom finally became possible. Hinton’s book, The Sun Does Shine with a foreword by Stevenson) is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. 

Mr. Hinton will tell us the story of how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.

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