Education

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!

 

Sunday Morning at 9:00 AM

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. 

Mindful Movements: Yoga and Meditation: This class offers 45 minutes of gentle Yoga while weaving in themes that speak to the connectedness of spirit in each of us. Please bring water and a mat. This monthly class is led by Lisa LaPlante and meets in the Chapel (lower level).

 

Sunday Mornings at 11:20 AM

Sunday Morning Bible Study: This class, facilitated this year by John DeNardo, meets in the Mary Kuell Room on the lower level and enjoys lively discussions while studying a variety of texts, both biblical and academic. If you are looking for interesting study and discussion that can lead to new insight, this is the class for you.

Faith Journey Class: This class explores the places and spaces where our lives and our faith and the scriptures all intersect. The group is facilitated by Kent Harrop and meets in the Staff Conference Room (office wing).

Mae Patten Class:  This class meets in the Lounge behind the sanctuary to study Scripture and ways in which it can be applied to life.

 

Fellowship and Learning All Week: Opportunities for Adults Throughout the Week

Book Group: This class meets one Friday a month at 11:45 a.m. to discuss books participants have selected.

Lectio Divina: The name of this class means to “meditate on the word.” Participants share scripture, times of silence and communion. The group meets each Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in Kent’s office.

Theology on Tap: This group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. at Chianti on Cabot Street in Beverly to discuss theology and questions of faith. The group meets in the glass atrium in the rear of the restaurant. This is open to everyone in the church and wider community and drop-in participants are always welcome!

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.”

Also be sure to check out the 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