Adult Education


Faith formation is important for Christians of all ages, including adults. It shapes how we interact with God--and with our families, our communities, our workplaces, and the world. In addition, continued adult study models for the children and youth of the church that one's faith journey is never complete! Adults at Grace 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. Summer Grace Groups and the Racial Justice Series offer additional opportunities for in-depth study of important topics. Follow Grace Presbyterian Adult Ed on Facebook to stay up-to-date on offerings and reflections related to adult education.

Adult Discipleship Survey 2022

In preparation for the fall, we are taking some time to reflect on how to best meet the needs and interests of our people with Adult Education offerings.

Your input would be most appreciated!

Please complete a survey of your past and expected participation and preferences as soon as you're able. If you have not participated much or at all in adult discipleship offerings, your responses are especially important to us.

Deadline: MONDAY, JULY 11.




We have several opportunities for Summer Grace Groups in 2022! 

You can read more about them here -> SUMMER GRACE GROUPS 2022.

We hope to see you this summer!



[Beginning in March, 2022, you may attend adult education offerings in person, in the Family Room, or continue to access them online using Zoom. For Zoom information for a particular offering, see the church E-news or call the church office (703-451-2900).]

Online Adult Study in the Spirit (OASIS)

Every Sunday
9:00-10:00 a.m. on Zoom
This discussion-based class explores biblical and thematic topics, led by rotating leaders. Participants are encouraged (but not required!) to read texts selected for study and to bring their insights and questions to the group discussion. During the Covid pandemic, this class also serves as an important way to stay connected as a Grace family.

Interrupting Silence: Speaking Out against Injustice (Apr 24 - June 5, 2022)
Leader: Kathy Drinkard
Discussing politics in church has long been viewed as ill-advised, if not unbiblical. And yet the political questions our nation faces--especially related to social, economic, and international issues--do have moral implications. What is the role of the church in addressing these implications in our public and political life? How can the church address legitimate concerns in the public square, without losing its spiritual connection to God? Join us as we explore the Church’s role in speaking out and advocating for compassion for all in public policy and decision-making. The class begins Sunday April 24 and continues through Sunday June 5, with no class on Sunday, May 29. 
For more information and a link to class materials, click here.
Love Is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times (Jan 9 - Apr 10, 2022)
Leaders: Maria Clayton, Warren Clayton, Judy Crooks, Pam Evett, Sharron Dreyer, Linda Hitchens, Donna Lucas, Cheryl Outland
Love Is the Way: Holding On to Hope in Troubling Times is a logical study to follow the OASIS class's explorations of Luke, who showed us Jesus's way, and Acts, who showed us how early Christians followed "The Way." Love seems like a weak word, incapable of meeting the challenges the world is facing right now. But if love is indeed the way of Jesus, maybe we're missing something with our cultural understanding of the word. We hope this study will help us continue to explore what the way of Jesus really is--and what love really is. Read along in the book if/as you're able. A rotating set of leaders will frame discussions that capture the meat of each chapter without requiring everyone to read.
For more information, a class schedule, and links to class materials, click here.
Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent (Nov 28-Dec 19, 2021)

Leaders: Marty Post, Warren Clayton, Maria Clayton, Judy Crooks, Becky Yarbrough, Susan Wilder (rotating)

Our OASIS Adult Discipleship class for Advent runs from Sunday, November 28 through Sunday, December 19. We will be studying Enuma Okoro’s 2012 book, Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent.  (Order it from your favorite online vendor; we have a few copies in the office for sale at cost — $14 — for those who prefer that method.)  The book, which focuses on the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth, parents of John the Baptist, has four weeks of study, each week with a daily meditation to contemplate as we travel through the Advent season; a new group of facilitators will be assisting our study.  We look forward to you joining us for a prayerful four weeks of study and preparation for Christmas.

Read ACTS with Grace (Sept 12 - Nov 21, 2021)

Leaders: Nelson Thurman, Amy Trawick, Philip Spiess, Tim Wilder

As part of a church-wide study for the fall, the OASIS class will read and discuss The Acts of the Apostles. Acts picks up where the Gospel of Luke ends. In Luke we see Jesus teaching counter-cultural ideas about welcoming the outsider, prioritizing the poor, and sitting at table with all of God's children. In our study of Acts, Grace adults will investigate how the early church realized these teachings "on the ground," forming working communities that attempted to embody God's great love. How did the apostles handle differences in theology? How did they treat each other? How did the earliest Christian communities structure themselves during this turbulent era, what role did the Holy Spirit play, and what lessons can we draw for our own turbulent era? We'll explore these questions and more! For more information, including the reading schedule and materials, click here.

Click here to see past OASIS studies.

Centering Prayer

Leader: Cindi Bryant
Every Monday
7:00-7:45 a.m. on Zoom
Looking for a quiet, prayerful way to start off your week? Hoping to develop new spiritual practices? Then check out the Centering Prayer group on Monday mornings from 7:00 - 7:45 am. The Contemplative Outreach Organization describes Centering Prayer as "a method of prayer in which we consent to rest in God’s presence. It is prayer that moves us beyond conversation with Christ to communion with God.” Join us on Monday mornings to experience the richness of this kind of prayer regularly practiced. Each session is a stand-alone, so newcomers are welcome at any time. Join us when you can and explore how silence and community can deepen your faith. For more information, please contact Cindi Bryant at: .


Men's Fellowship

Leaders: Roy Giese
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! In Fall 2021, we'll be reading and discussing Frederick Buechner’s Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale.


Women's Fellowship

Leaders: Rotating
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 the joyful, stimulating conversation. The group meets the 1st Saturday of each month, October - May. Women's Fellowship kicks off Fall 2021 with a retreat lead by Cindi Bryant and Beth Jenkins Smith over the weekend of Sept. 17-29. Contact Maria Clayton for more information.


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 What My Grandmothers Taught Me: Learning from the Women in Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus. Contact Mary Helmantoler if you need a study guide.


Virtual Pub(lic) Theology

Leader: Nelson Thurman

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!


Grace 101

This class meets periodically to familiarize visitors and prospective members with key components of Grace Presbyterian Church. Topics cover Presbyterian faith, governance, and tradition; educational opportunities; and how to jump into Grace's missions and ministries.   If you are interested in attending one of these classes, please contact the church office (703-451-2900).


Grace is committed to racial justice and periodically sponsors focused studies to expand our understanding of race and racial justice.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

This discussion group is offered as part of the Summer Grace Groups 2021 series of studies. It will revolve around Just Mercy, the true story of author and world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner. In addition to exploring the central story-line of a history-making battle for social justice, we will follow the histories of others from marginalized groups who are falsely convicted or harshly sentenced and engage with moral and philosophical reflections on the American criminal justice and prison systems. This focus on racial and economic inequality will also touch on gun violence, political corruption, a long history of suffering, and the potential for mercy to redeem us. Participation can include reading the book or watching the movie, as well as referencing other materials related to our criminal justice system. Join us in Zoom every other Thursday in Summer 2021 (June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12); 7:00-8:30pm. (Leaders: Linda Hitchens and Ed Bryant)

The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby

In this study we explore the history of racism in the white American church and continue to discern faithful and just responses to racial inequity in America. We’ll use The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby, available from most booksellers. Join us in Zoom every other Thursday from Jan. 21 - Mar. 18, 2021, from 7:00-8:30pm. (Leaders: Pastor Ben and Pastor Katie)


So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Olua

Over the past decade, the past few years, the past month--many of us have become aware that as Christians, we are called to face the reality of our nation's legacy around race. But (especially for white people), how do we talk about things that make us uncomfortable? How do we help heal the hurts? What do we need to better understand in order to become a part of the solution? This study uses the book So You Want to Talk about Race to explore these topics. The author, Ijeoma Oluo, guides readers through definitions and history and black experience in an attempt to make possible honest conversations about race and racism and how they infect almost every aspect of American life. (Reading the book is encouraged but optional; meetings start June 25, 2020.)