Grow & Learn



Our hope is to foster lifelong spiritual growth for our congregation and our community through a variety of faith formation opportunities. All are welcome!

Sunday morning faith formation at 9:45 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

(9:00 a.m. in the summer – one class in Room 203)

The John Knox Fellowship (John Knox Room)

Drawing on scripture, denominational tenets and a quest to understand God’s call to us in the world, this class combines lecture and discussion in a weekly format for adults of all ages.  Led by a teaching team of class members and guest speakers, this is a group with varied interests and aspirations, a commitment to life-long learning, friendly relations and open communications.  Whether it is exploring particular scripture, a Christian perspective on social issues, a General Assembly position paper or the Holy Land as an armchair tourist, participants seek to grow in their faith as they commit to being active disciples in the world.  This call to service is demonstrated through missions and special class projects.  Fellowship is enhanced through occasional social gatherings, group trips and discussions that build strong personal relationships in this community of faith.

Enrichment Class (Room 228)

For over 25 years, the Enrichment Class has studied a variety of topics from atonement to world religions. The discussion-based class, led by Henry Carrouth and Bill Massey, runs year-round, even through the summer months. Everyone is encouraged to share their opinions as we affirm each other on this faith journey.  The Epiphany party held each January is one of the social events for the class each year. Class members actively support missions, like rebuilding New Orleans after Katrina or building a wheelchair ramp for a local cancer patient or adopting a Christmas cheer family. If you are looking for a place to grow your faith and build new relationships, try the Enrichment Class.

The Point (Room 227)

We are professionals and students, parents and friends, and we are committed to asking hard questions of faith and walking together in love. For everything we do and everything we are, we find ourselves asking “What’s the POINT?” and we know better than to always expect answers.
What we do know is that the point – the purpose – of our study and worship and fellowship and faith journeying is that God has called us into Christian community and that we are doing our best to live out that call. We are opening our hearts and opening our minds to be a part of whatever God has called for with this crazy and wonderful group of people. Come join us as we search, pray, and discover as “The Point.”  Find us on Facebook!


Adult Studies this Winter

Faith formation is a lifelong journey! At First Presbyterian Church of Burlington, we believe that faith formation is an essential element of discipleship and therefore we offer a variety of opportunities to learn and grow. Opportunities of 2019-2020 adult faith formation include:


Sunday Morning Adult Studies, 9:45 a.m.

Sundays, January 12, 19, & 26, 2020: Apostles’ Creed: What We Believe and Why We Believe It Led by Dr. Jim Pace, John Knox Room.

We live in a time of rapid changes. Even our belief system is challenged by modern pressure to change or die. However, the Church formulated a succinct statement that it maintains is the unchanging summary of the Christian faith as expressed in the Bible. This is the Apostles’ Creed. Many Christians recite this creed every Sunday while others say it rarely or not at all. Some say it with their fingers crossed because it expresses beliefs that are hard to accept in our modern world driven by the dominance of science and reason. Others recite it mechanically, not recognizing the history and significance of its claims. This series will explore the origin and meaning of the Apostles’ Creed to understand better the unchanging and distinctive tenets of our Christian faith.

January 12-March 1, 2020: Marianne Moore (1887-1972) Selected Poems, led by Harry Brown, Room 122

Born in Kirkwood, Missouri, Moore lived much of her life in New York City, where she passionately supported the Brooklyn Dodgers. A major modern American poet admired by Wallace Stevens, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, H.D., and W. C. Williams, Moore was known for originality, preciseness, humility, and reserve in her poetry. Translator of La Fontaine’s Fables, Moore often wrote about birds, animals, and plants, finding in Nature significant strengths and virtues. Moore was Presbyterian. We will use Moore’s Complete Poems (Macmillan Publishing Company/Penguin Classics, 1994), reading and discussing three or four poems each week. This book can be purchased very reasonably in used paperback on Amazon.

February 2 and 9, 2020: Christian Mystics: What Are They? Who Are They? And Are You One? Led by Bruce Shields & Nan Perkins, John Knox Room

Every religion has its mystics. Those of the Christian faith began with the birth of the church, but have been misunderstood by many of us and not always a central part of our traditional worship. We will explore the definition of mystics, look at some examples from ancient and modern Christian history and consider how it all impacts our lives.

February 16 & 23, 2020: Wyatt Outlaw, led by Wade Harrison, John Knox Room

Wyatt Outlaw was the freedman son of a prominent landowner and his slave. He grew to be a successful tobacco farmer, craftsman, soldier merchant, churchman and community leader. He was lynched on February, 1870 by members of the Ku Klux Klan on the limb of an elm tree facing the Alamance County Court House in Court Square. We will look at his extraordinary life and times in an effort to expand our views of history, culture and explore how Christ would have us respond to social and cultural divisions based on race.

Chancel Choir: Chancel Choir is not just singing on Sunday. It is Christian formation, theology, biblical literacy, and more. Come explore music and singing as a way of faith formation on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. in the Choir Room.


The Book of Jeremiah, Bible Study with Dr. Ron Shive

Linked here you will find the schedule for Ron Shive’s Bible study from early January to the end of April. We will be studying the book of Jeremiah and referencing Eugene Peterson’s book, Run with the Horses. The book is only available new in hardback and the cost is $20. If you would like Ron to order you a copy, please email him at and let him know. Classes began the week of January 6.

• Men’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study (6:45 a.m.)

• Wednesday Morning Bible Study (10:00 a.m.)

• Women’s Thursday Morning Bible Study (6:45 a.m.)


Contemplative Ministry

Meditation each Wednesday morning at 7:45 a.m. at the home of Nan Perkins and Bruce Shields. One hour of conversation, reflection on a spiritual text, and silent meditation, for those seeking to create space in lives to become more aware of the Divine and to travel their faith journey with other pilgrims. No meditation experience needed! Contact Nan Perkins 336-380-1778 or A second Christian Meditation group meeting at a different time will be added if there is sufficient interest.


Lunch Bunch Book Club

Join us the second Tuesday of the month for our Lunch Bunch Book Club. Discussions are held at noon in Room 122 from September through May. Registration is not required—just a love for reading! Take note of the schedule, bring a lunch, and join us for great conversation. Here is a current list of Book Club books for 2020:

January: The Lost Girls of Paris (Pam Jenoff)

February: The Masterpiece (FionaDavis)

March: Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens)

*April: Selection Lunch for 2020-2021

May: The Perfect Horse (Elizabeth Letts)


Presbyterian Women

Any woman in the Church may choose to be active in Presbyterian Women. Join women of all ages, young and old, who are active in our circles. Your experience will include:

• Yearly dinner meetings in September and May for all circle members

• Special luncheons that highlight missions or spiritual enrichment

• Monthly circle meetings that offer fellowship, prayer and Bible Study

• Local and international mission opportunities

• Lifelong friends that are made in circles as we support one another in all aspects of our lives.

Presbyterian Women meet monthly in Circles for fellowship, prayer and Bible Study. The current study for 2019-2020 is Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments by Eugenia Anne Gamble with Suggestions for Leaders by Joyce MacKichan Walker. The 2019-2020 Presbyterian Women/Horizons Bible Study asks what would it mean to consider the Ten Commandments not as a harsh list of what not to do but, instead, as a “love letter” from a loving God? A fresh embrace of the Ten Commandments (or Words), author Eugenia Gamble suggests, may ultimately contribute to the restoration of ourselves and our communities and the furthering of the gospel in the world.Each lesson begins with an exploration of one of the Ten Words in its biblical context. From there we consider a moment from Jesus’ life that shows us how he lived out that Word.

Check the monthly church calendar or with the church office to confirm dates, times and locations before you attend a circle.

Circle# Day of the Month Time Place
Circle #1 Second Saturday 6 pm Church-John Knox Room
Circle #2 Second Monday 10 am Homes
Circle #3 TBA- Meets for lunch in December and May

Circle #4 Second Tuesday 7 pm Church-John Knox Room