Tools to Tackle Life’s Challenges
Faith is a journey, not a destination. At First Baptist, a commitment to adult education encourages adults to continue to work on their faith, to question, to wonder, and to set our sails to catch the wind of learning and exploration. New class members are always welcome in our adult classes, at any point in the year. Child care is provided on Sunday Mornings starting at 9 a.m.
Starting October 6th, each Sunday morning at First Baptist, we offer a variety of times and studies. These classes provide lively opportunities for experienced and novice students of the Bible to grow in faith. New participants welcome!
Spiritual Seekers Class: Unpacking Jesus, hosted by Kent Harrop. Great class for adults newer to FBC or who are exploring their faith. Each week we dialogue with a 10- 12 minute video by theologian and filmmaker Rob Bell and use his provocative work as a takeoff point for Bible study and discussion. New videos and topics for the Fall! ~ Staff Conference Room, main floor.
Faith Journey Class: Gospel of John, ‘When Love Comes to Town’. A fun, interactive class hosted by Kent Harrop and Gloria Stoneham. In this study we explore the question of what happens when God, who is love, comes to town and takes up residence among us. For some this new neighbor love is welcome; for others, unusual; for still others, suspect–even dangerous.
We learn from John’s Gospel what it means to be called friends and lovers of God, what it means to put love to death and what it means for love to rise again in our midst and in our lives. ~ Staff Conference Room, main floor.
In January FBC will begin an eight week in-depth study ‘Listening to Scripture: Strategies for Interpreting the Bible’. This study (from Kerygma publishing) is for those who want to grow a skill set, in how to interpret and understand the ancient wisdom of the Old and New Testaments. By the end of 8 weeks you’ll come away with a heightened comfort level in navigating Scripture (cultural, theological, political context in which the Bible arose) and what that context says about how we understand and open ourselves to God’s leading. Meeting dates and time based upon the availability of participants. See Kent Harrop if interested email@example.com
Mae Patten Class
This class meets in the Lounge behind the Sanctuary to study the scripture and other books and discuss how it may apply to our lives. This group, co-led by Andrea Stackpole and Barbara Brann-Weir, caters to students of all learning levels and styles and always welcomes the addition of new members on Sunday mornings.
Facebook Bible Study
For those who are looking for an additional educational opportunity, or for a class that can easily fit into any schedule, we are offering an online version of our Bible Study classes, led by Rev. Julie Flowers. Check it out by searching Facebook for “First Baptist Church Facebook Bible Study.”
Theology on Tap
This group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM at Chianti on Cabot Street in Beverly to discuss theology and questions of faith. This monthly gathering, led by Rev. Julie Flowers, is open to everyone and drop-in participants are always welcome!
Inquiry/New Member Classes
Come learn the ABC’s of FBC with Kent Harrop! This class meets as need dictates and new members and friends of FBC are always welcome! Want to learn more about FBC Beverly, its ministries, histories, beliefs, and satellites? All are welcome to come and learn more. Contact Kent if you are interested!
Check out a weekly blog ‘Green Preacher’, written by Kent Harrop, a member of the ministerial staff. Focuses on the intersection of ‘faith/culture/politics’, written for people of faith, seekers and skeptics. https://greenpreacherblog.com