Christian Formation for Adults
Whether in Sunday school, small groups, or even in individual study, we strive to think critically about our faith—by examining the Scriptures, delving into book studies, and sharing our observations with one another.
Members take an active role in shaping class content and leading groups, participating in challenging discussion, scriptural engagement, and, ultimately, fellowship.
It’s a spiritual practice – going to work every day in the pursuit of justice, with our young people and the institutions that support them. So when I am feeling especially challenged and filled with doubt, I remember why it’s called a practice – and I practice on.
Explorers enjoy discussions on a wide-ranging of topics including current events, political, social, and theological issues. Join us for coffee and fellowship before or after in the Parlor/Lounge. Everyone is invited to participate as we laugh, learn, and grow together.
Meets in the DuVal Room, found on the main level.
See the schedule below. Archive recordings of the presentations and discussions can be found here: archives.
Explorers Forum, Spring, 2021:
These "Live at 11" Sunday discussions (during the pandemic) with church members and invited speakers took place on Zoom until we are able to meet in person. Use the Contact form to request to be put on the mailing list for meeting information.
A 2-week series for Explorers Forum this spring covered the finances of First & Central. Week 1 (April 11), led by elder Ellen Roberts, discusses the budget: income and expenses. Week 2 (April 18), led by elder Mark Olson, will present management of the church's investment accounts.
Following that brief series, on April 25 elder David Teager presented an overview of the Mission Study Report (pending Session approval), as part of the pastoral transition process.
Finishing the spring programming, we held a 5-week series on May 2, with interviews of the retired clergy (and their spouses, sometimes also clergy!) who call First & Central their home for worship.
Week 1 (May 2): Alison Halsey and Bill Hathaway
Week 2 (May 9): Sue and Bill Getman
Week 3 (May 16): Terry and Lyle Dykstra
Week 4 (May 23): Neta Pringle and John Potter
Week 5 (May 30): Jon Walton
Breakfast & the Bible
Under normal circumstances, the group will gather at Legal Grounds Cafe in Elsmere (1208 Kirkwood Highway) to discuss the scripture that will be read and preached about the following Sunday. Come and enjoy warm fellowship, lively discussion, and prayerful insights into the Scripture. Bring your Bible or your phone's Bible app and grab a cup of coffee! Everyone is invited. Currently led by Neta Pringle on Zoom, where you can sip your beverage of choice!
Tuesday mornings at 8:00-8:45 am
Contact: church office
Walk the Labyrinth
Our mission is to make the labyrinth available to all who are interested in learning from it, to provide a place for reflection and peace, and to nurture a community that will share in the experience.
To learn more and see the schedule, please visit our labyrinth page.