Adult Education

Faith formation is important for Christians of all ages. It shapes how we as adults interact with God--and with our families, our communities, our workplace, and the world. In addition, continued adult study models for the children of the church that one's faith journey is never complete! Adults are encouraged to find regular opportunities to learn more, grow more, and reach deep.

Grace Presbyterian Church has a variety of opportunities for adults to grow in their faith, including weekly Sunday morning programming, midweek studies, monthly groups, and pub theology conversations. For a PDF version of the descriptions below, click here. Follow Grace Presbyterian Adult Ed. on Facebook to stay up-to-date on offerings and reflections related to adult education.

During Covid, all offerings take place online, using Zoom. For Zoom information for a particular offering, see the church E-news or call the church office (703-451-2900).


FALL 2020

Online Adult Study in Spirit (OASIS)

Leaders: Cindi Bryant, Nelson Thurman, Amy Trawick
Every Sunday
9:15-10:15 a.m. on Zoom

As we move into what is shaping up to be a tumultuous fall, the online adult Sunday morning class will study how we can maintain our spiritual center. We will use as our guide the book An Altar in the World, written by renowned preacher and author Barbara Brown Taylor. The book explores ways to experience the divine in our everyday, human activities, such as “wearing skin,” “getting lost,” “saying no,” and “living with purpose.” We will discuss these, chapter by chapter, but also set aside time to greet each other, get to know each other better, and encourage each other. Read along in the book (available through most online bookstores) or just show up for the conversation (the leaders will summarize key points each week).

Midweek Sermon and Scripture Study

Leaders: Warren Clayton, Philip Spiess
Every Wednesday (except weeks Virtual Pub Theology meets)
7:00-8:00 p.m. on Zoom

The benediction’s given, the postlude ends, and you close your browser. Now what? What message did you hear in the scripture and sermon? What did others hear? In the Hebrew community of ancient times, the learning and the teaching occurred in group discussion and prayer. On Wednesdays, the Grace community shares, learns, and considers the worship service message and its place in our lives. Join us (via Zoom, of course) every Wednesday except the weeks of Virtual Pub Theology. The scripture and the sermon can be reviewed in advance, and the warmth of fellowship is always there.

Grace YAM (Young Adult Ministry)

Leader: Meg Rogers
Every Sunday
7:00 p.m. on Zoom

During the uncertainty of Covid-19, what better time to gather in community and ponder how faith interacts with real life? The YAM group is for ages 18-30ish and meets online every Sunday at 7:00 p.m.. All are welcome to tune in virtually from wherever you are located.

Virtual Pub(lic) Theology

Leader: Nelson Thurman
One Tuesday a month (9/22, 10/27, 11/17, 12/8)
7:30-9:00 p.m. on Zoom

Whether it’s wrestling with the breaking news of the day, the messiness of everyday life, or questions of faith, our monthly Virtual Pub(lic) Theology provides us an opportunity to learn, grow, encourage, and find comfort with each other. We don’t have all the answers, but we offer a safe place to explore the questions. Settle in with your favorite food and/or beverage, and join your friends from Grace - and friends you bring - for a lively evening of conversation and fellowship!

Men's Fellowship

Leaders: Roy Giese, Philip Spiess
Second Saturday of the month
9:00-10:00 a.m. on Zoom

The men of Grace have a vibrant program that started over 20 years ago. Pre-Covid, the group would gather at 8:00 a.m. for a delicious breakfast, a nourishing Bible study, and supportive fellowship. We’ll forego the breakfast for now, but we still look forward to all the rest!



Women's Fellowship

Leader: Donna Lucas
First Saturday of the month
9:30-11:00 a.m. on Zoom

Women’s Fellowship meets monthly to address life and women’s issues through the lens of faith. Sometimes complex, sometimes challenging, always supportive - Women’s Fellowship invites women, youthful and experienced, to join a joyful, stimulating conversation the 1st Saturday of every month.

Circle 6

Leader: Mary Helmantoler
First Wednesday of the month
10:00-11:30 a.m. on Zoom

The Presbyterian Women have a long history at Grace. Circle 6 is alive with Bible study, fellowship, and special mission projects. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month from September to June. This year the circle is using the PW/Horizons Bible study Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament. Contact Mary Helmantoler if you need a study guide.