Adult Education at BMPC

Education & Bible Study

We invite you to open your mind and connect with what is deepest in your heart by joining us for study, conversation, reflection, and prayer.

Our classes are designed to be intellectually engaging and spiritually enriching to help you explore what you believe and grow in faith. In some classes you may consider the implications of religious faith for daily living or learn about the Bible and the basic themes of Reformed theology. In others you will experience Christian prayer practices or engage in discussion about a variety of compelling contemporary issues. Bring your curiosity and questions! You will not be told what to think but instead given the opportunity to process ideas with others.

Sunday Classes 

SUNDAY CLASSES 8:45 a.m.          

Sunday Morning Discussion Group - Congregational Hall. Discussion of the book American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation by Jon Meacham. Led by the Rev. Dr. Paul MacMurray.

Filling the Well - Converse House Parlor. Discussion of the book Listening is an Act of Love, stories collected by the Story Corps Project. Led by the Rev. Rebecca Kirkpatrick. This class is sponsored by BMPC Presbyterian Women and is open to women of all ages. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Digging Deeper – Oct. 6 to Nov. 10, Main Line Adult Day Center Living Room. The Rev. Franklyn C. Pottorff leads this discussion of The Evolution of Faith by renowned Quaker minister Philip Gulley. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

SUNDAY CLASSES 11:15 a.m.

Sunday, October 6 – Patrick Coughlin, V.P., Medical Benevolence Foundation, Chapel. MBF is one of BMPC’s longest term international partners working around the world to support the medical needs of hospitals, schools and communities. He will present on the work at LifeSavers Clinic in Malawi, Africa.

Sunday, October 13 – All-Church Lunch and Movie - The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, Congregational Hall. Screening of an award-winning film based on a true story that occurred in rural Malawi about a 13-year-old boy who saves his village from famine. No reservations required.

Sunday, October 20 – Shane Claiborne, Chapel. Popular author, activist and local Philadelphian, Shane joins us to share more about his new book, Beating Guns: Hope for People Who are Weary of Violence.

Near East School of Theology. Sun., Nov. 10, 11:15 a.m., Chapel. Presentation by the Rev. Dr. George Sabra, President of NEST. Located in Beirut, Lebanon, it is one of the preeminent Christian seminaries in the Middle East. A long-term mission partner of BMPC, the staff work faithfully to train the next generation of clergy serving in Presbyterian Churches in Lebanon and Syria who face one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our generation. 


Weekday/Saturday Classes

Pastor’s Book Group. Wed., Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m., Chapel. The Rev. Franklyn Pottoroff leads a discussion of Holy Envy: Finding God through the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor. Taylor weaves together stories from the classroom with reflections on how her own spiritual journey has been complicated and renewed by connecting with people of other traditions — even those whose truths are quite different from hers. Books are available for purchase in the BMPC Book Center for $18.

Women’s Coffee Cup Bible Study. Wednesdays from September - May, 10:00 a.m., Gloucester Room. The Rev. Rachel Pedersen leads our study. A weekly study for women of all ages. The Rev. Rachel Pedersen and guest teachers lead discussions of Different Faith Practices and their origins in scripture. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Men’s Study Group. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, September - May, 10:00 a.m., Converse House. Led by the Rev. Dr. Paul MacMurray. Men of all ages invited. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Horizons Bible Study. First Wednesday, September - May, 10:30 a.m., Rosemont Presbyterian Village. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday Morning Men’s Group. Saturdays, September - June, 7:00 a.m., Converse House Parlor, which is accessed via the ramp in the Ministries Center and is next to the Church library. All ages are invited to join for fellowship and lively discussions “beyond the water cooler” on topics of interest to men, such as relationships with parents, spouses, and children. All discussions are confidential. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bible from Scratch - Fourth Thursday of the month - 7:00 p.m. Converse House Parlor
This class led by Rebecca Kirkpatrick, will explore both the basic content and interpretative practices of reading and following scripture. If you have never really studied the Bible, this will be a open and gentle place to start. If you are ready to think about scripture in new and creative ways, this is also the class for you. In addition to reading directly from the Bible, this class will also use: A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World, by Jonathan Walton and The Bible: a Biography by Karen Armstrong. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community Forum

The Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Community Forum Distinguished Speaker Series began in 1997 in conjunction with our congregation’s 125th anniversary. The forums were endowed by the Anna and Herbert H. Middleton, Sr. Fund of our church Foundation and have been offered as a service to the community at large. The forums are free and open to the public. The format is a 45-minute presentation followed by a time for questions.

Check back for information about upcoming Community Forum events. 


The Book Center
Located in the Ministries Center Court, the Book Center offers books at publisher prices. There is a wide selection of spiritual books, class resources and Bibles. The Book Center is staffed on Sundays following worship from September through June. During the week, a key to the center is available at the reception desk. Payment for books may be placed in Carol Schmidt’s mail slot, across from the reception desk.

The Library
The Library is on the second floor of the Ministries Center. When you enter the Ministries Center, there is a ramp on the left that leads to the library. (The ramp is before you reach the steps to the Court.) Follow the ramp, and look for signs directing you to the library. Special collections including Presbyterian and Reformed history and theology, comparative religion, spiritual growth, social issues, Christian classics and BMPC history and local history. The Library is open whenever the Ministries Center is open. A sampling of books are located on the racks in the Ministries Center Court next to the Book Center.

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