Education and 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.
This fall, our classes will be a combination of in-person and virtual connection. Below, you can find detailed descriptions of the classes offered. For more Adult Education resources, such as previous class recordings and supplemental videos, visit the BMPC YouTube channel.
History, Legacy and Possibility – our Anti-Racism Work Continues
As a congregation we have continued to engage in challenging conversations around systemic racism and how we respond as a church to effect change in the world. But this work is also very personal, and so we have also encouraged the building of relationships and support from one another in our individual calling to bring a message of hope and inclusion to our families, friends and workplaces.
Genesis from Scratch
Fourth Thursday of the month
7:00 p.m., Education Building, Room 204
The Book of Genesis has shaped so much of our Christian theology and tradition. We were taught the stories of Creation and the Flood, the journeys of Abraham and Sarah and the dreams of Joseph in our childhood Sunday school classrooms. Yet, the stories we find in Genesis are more complicated and rich than many of us have taken the time to contemplate.
Thursday Book Group
Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
September 16 – October 21, 2021
Via Zoom Conference Call
Beginning on Thursday, September 16th you are invited to read and explore Christian M.M. Brady’s new book Beautiful and Terrible Things: A Christian Struggle with Suffering, Grief and Hope.
Coffee Cup Bible Study
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.
This fall the Coffee Cup Bible Study participants will be meeting in a hybrid arrangement – inviting those who are comfortable to join us in person in the Education Building, while others may attend the class via Zoom.
Sundays, 8:45 a.m.
Starting Sunday, March 6
Cannon Room in Ministries Center or via Zoom
This discussion class traditionally alternates between book studies and study of particular books in scripture.
Sunday Discussion Group
Sundays, 8:30 a.m.
Education Building, Room 204, and via Zoom
This longstanding Sunday morning class is led by the Rev. Dr. Paul MacMurray. This fall join us in reading Richard Rohr’s book Falling Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.
Filling the Well
A Class for Women
Sundays, 8:30 a.m. via Zoom
For more than seven years, this small group for women has been meeting weekly on Sunday mornings for conversation, support and study.
Men’s Discussion Group
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month
Education Building, Children’s Library
This fall, the group will read and discuss Yossi Klein Halevi’s book Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor.
Horizons Bible Study
First Wednesday of the month
Ballroom, The Mansion at Rosemont
Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament. This yearlong study, led by Rev. Brian Ballard, focuses on lament as a proper theological response to the difficult situations of our world.
Small Group Project
Even though we are continuing as a Virtual Community this spring, we are still able to come together to strengthen existing relationships in our congregation and make new and meaningful connections. Over 80 people participated in Small Groups last fall, and came to deeply value the connections and conversations they provided.
For six weeks this March and early April we will create virtual Small Groups, especially for those who are looking for a place of connection this season.