Here at First Church, we are attentive to the head, heart and spirit of all of God’s creation. We explore the faith framework through which we encounter the world.
Adult classes are offered year-round. Some classes are in-depth studies of current topics and a corresponding book; others are special topics of interest. Participation is welcome on any or all Sundays. For the current class topic, please check this week’s calendar or click here for a class listing.
Youth classes are available for high school as well as middle school youth.
Children’s classes are offered for ages 2 through 5th grade.
The labyrinth is an ancient path of prayer. It is not a maze; it has no dead ends. A labyrinth is a simple, two-way path leading from an entrance to a center and back out again. Walking the labyrinth is a metaphor for walking the sacred path in our everyday life.
For centuries, people of all backgrounds have found the labyrinth to be a helpful centering tool. The pattern of the labyrinth invites us to move quietly, thoughtfully, and deliberately to a central point and back. The simple process of moving to the center often prompts a “letting go” and an ability to focus clearly on one’s deepest needs, concerns or potential.
Come walk the labyrinth – discover a way of prayer, a way of being in communion with God.
Lyons Lecture Series
Saturday, April 21, 2018 9 AM – 3 PM
J. Kameron Carter will speak at the 2018 Lyons Lecture. He is Associate Professor of Theology, English, and African American Studies at Duke Divinity School. Driving his work are questions pertaining to the theory and practice of blackness as an alternate "pedagogy of the sacred" that the black church expresses. However, he says, blackness, being for all people, bespeaks intimacy without limit, belonging without borders, and caring without rules. His book Race: A Theological Account appeared in 2008, and two further books are on their way: God’s Property: Blackness and the Problem of Sovereignty, and Postracial Blues: Religion and the Twenty-First Century Color Line.
The David P. Lyons Lecture in Theology was established to honor the memory and ministry of Rev. David Lyons. Each spring a distinguished scholar is invited to share insight and understandings in the areas related to theology, biblical interpretation, religious history, and spirituality. Grounded in a deep and abiding faith, Rev. Lyons opened windows and doors for seeing and knowing God outside the usual human parameters defining God. Contributions to the Lyons Lecture or Endowment can be made here.
Meditation for youth, young adults and other adults of any age interested in exploring or continuing to practice meditation will meet Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Chapel.
Young Adult Discussion Group
The Young Adults Group meets on every Tuesday night in a different location. We are looking forward to meeting you! For the current location, please visit our Facebook page.