“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Mt. 18:20)
From the Greek verb manthan, which means to learn, to be apprised of, to increase one’s knowledge, we derive two other words: mathetes, which means learner, pupil, one who follows the teaching of someone else, and matheteu, which means to follow the precepts and instructions of another. At First Presbyterian we take to heart both meanings, to learn and to follow.
There are many engaging opportunities here at First Presbyterian Church to learn and to serve, including Sunday School, Small Groups, Wednesday Programs, Mission Trips, and Retreats.
Upcoming Wednesday Evening Programs
Fellowship Supper (Family Style) begins at 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Programs begin at 6:10 pm for children, youth and adult
- Wednesday Programs will resume each semester following the Bristol City School System’s Calendar (August and January)
Adult Sunday Morning Education Opportunities
Adults at FPC can choose among several different Christian education classes on Sunday mornings. We invite you to visit each that piques your interest and find the class best suited to your needs.
A.C. Adams Class is dedicated to the study of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. Participants search the scriptures, then openly discuss their application to their lives. Led by Nancy Allerton, this class meets in Room 125.
Inductive Bible Study is a conversational look at scripture and its application to our lives. This class meets in Room 167 at the end of the Scout Hall. Currently we are focusing our study upon a 13 week Lenten Study (N.T. Wright’s, The Cross and the Fire)
Gospel Parallels is a look at the common passages in the 4 Gospels with critical discussion and life application. This class is taught by Chase Arndt and meets in room 125
The Parables of Jesus promotes lively discussion through the use of Jesus’ parable teaching tradition. The class is led by Matt Richardson and meets in room 123.
And our Friendship Class is for special people who study God’s love for all God’s people through Old and New Testament stories. This class meets across from the Boy Scout Hall in room 163.
One of the highlights of our Church life, our Wednesday evening program is a time of renewal in fellowship, learning, and worship. Wednesday night activities are designed to be broad and inter-generational in nature. Our Fellowship Dinner is always family style, which allows for open conversation and fellowship. The typical schedule is as follows:
5:30 – 6:00: Fellowship Dinner
6:20 – 7:00: Mid-Week Renewal (Worship, Bible Study, Prayer and Programs)
These programs are active through most of the school year.
Weekly Discipleship Opportunities
Christian Basics (Co-ed) –Mondays at 11:00 a.m. in room 123
Men’s Bible Study – Thursdays at 7:00 a.m. in the Parlor
Lunch Bible Study – Thursdays at noon in room 117
Women’s Bible Study – Wednesday 9:30 AM and Thursday noon in room 117
Community Bible Study – every Thursday 9-11:30 AM
Other Discipleship Opportunities
Women’s Retreat is open to all women who want to grow in faith, enjoy fellowship and be encouraged in their faith journeys. Held annually in March. See the Women’s webpage for more information.
Men’s Service Retreat is an annual opportunity for the men of the church to spend a weekend in mission, worship, and fellowship together.