Adult Ministries

From Bible studies to current events, the Adult Ministries Program at Georgetown Presbyterian Church offers ways to explore our faith and its repercussions in our lives, our community, our nation, and our world. All are welcome on Sunday mornings at the Adult Issues series and at Sunday Morning Bible. On Sundays, Nursery Care and Children’s Sunday School available for your kids. We usually have midweek offerings or occasional studies, and special series are offered at Advent and Lent, during summer, and occasionally through the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington.

Newcomers are always welcome! Check out the Calendar for current bible studies and classes, or contact the church office for more information.

Adult Education

Sundays, September-May @9:45 a.m.
Adult Issues is a long-running weekly lecture series focused on issues of importance to our faith and our community. Past topics have ranged from the history of Reformed Theology to current religious, social, political and economic developments here and abroad. Speakers are drawn from the rich diversity of expertise provided by Washington, and include leaders from government; neighboring universities, churches and divinity schools; think tanks and other private sector organizations; as well as our own congregation. For more information, contact Stephen Hopkins at [email protected].

Classes meet Sundays at 9:45 a.m. in the Washington Room and the group takes a hiatus between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Upcoming Adult Education Classes:

Classes will resume after Labor Day, on September 16.

Previous Classes: 

Reformed Institute Director, Dr. R. Bruce Douglas, will discuss “500 Years and Counting – Protestantism’s Next Chapter” in three installments on May 6,13 & 20

May 20 – A “Post Protestant” Era

May 13 – Protestantism & Modernity with Dr. R. Bruce Douglas

May 6 – Origins of “Protestantism” with Dr. R. Bruce Douglas

April 29 – Deacon Edit Frenyo and a panel of GPC members will discuss “Young Adults Ministry at GPC” including their role in a two-year Wesley Theological Seminary study program concerning what makes for a successful Young Adults Ministry.

April 22 – What is next for Christian Ed at GPC? Rev. Vaagenes leads an interactive discussion about themes, leadership development, and the growing educational needs for children and families, young adults, seniors, and beyond.

April 8 & 15 – Prof. David Little discusses “Hong Kong and the Controversy over Asian vs. Western Values.”

March 25 – Jon Wood, Asst. Professor, History of Christianity at GWU, will discuss “Reformation @ 500: the Anabaptists and the Radical Wing.”

March 18 – Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, PC (USA) Director of Public Witness, discusses “The PC(USA)’s Commitment to Justice Advocacy: How the Church Has Dealt with Tension Between Faith and Politics.”

March 11 – Responding to Chaplain Black – A Panel Discussion w/GPC members Marissa Baly, Will Quinn, and Alan Wisdom as Moderator.

As an introduction and background for Pastor Timothy, American University Lecturer Mr. Easten Law discussed:

Feb 25 – “Contemporary Christianities in Chinese Society”

Feb 18 – The Historical Ebbs & Flows of the Christian Movement in China; and

Feb 4 & 11 – GPC Member and Princeton Seminary Graduate Adrian Vaagenes led interactive discussions regarding “Dostoyevsky’s ‘The Grand Inquisitor’ and Christian Freedom.”

Jan 28 – Former GPC member Prof. Ken Rutherford will discuss “The Landmine Crisis: A Survivor’s Tale.”

Jan 21 – Former GPC member Melissa Overmyer will discuss her latest book, “Born to Soar: Unlocking God’s Word in Your Life.”

Jan 14 – GPC member David Greer will discuss “Remembering Rev. Dr. MLK, Jr. and his Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

Jan 7 – Elder Chuck Schilke will discuss Woodrow Wilson’s 14 Points: A Centennial Remembrance.

Sunday Morning Bible

Sundays, September-May @10 a.m.
This weekly study meets on Sunday Morning for an in-depth discussion of the Bible. This class draws newer and established members of all ages, but is a favorite for parents who have kids in the 10 a.m. Sunday school program.

Topics have included Isaiah, the Life of David, the Book of Colossians, and the Book of James, and each study lasts 3-4 months. New people are welcome to join at any point. For more information, email [email protected].

Class meets Sundays at 10 a.m. in the Colonial Room and the group takes a hiatus between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Midweek Bible–

Past topical studies include: 1 and 2 Peter, the Psalms, Romans, Jonah, Genesis 1-12, Mark, and the Life of Joseph. There have also been special series that tackle “Tough Questions” or the Apostles’ Creed.

Other Bible Studies and Special Events–

GU College Bible Study This casual study means snacks and caffeine for the undergrads who join in. The group meets weekly during the academic year and is led by Rev. Vaagenes. Check the calendar or contact Rev. Vaagenes at [email protected] with any questions.

Special Events

The GPC Town Hall series was launched on March 16, 2014, with a forum on Pope Francis. The “second annual town hall” was held in October 2014 (moved forward from the one-year mark to accommodate the Guest Preacher series with Kenda Dean in February 2015), featured Mike McCurry and Michael Gerson discussing Religion in the Public Square. Most recently, we hosted Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin for a conversation on Civil Rights, Race, and the Church on November 15, 2015. Pictures from that event are available here.

GPC Café was launched in 2014, under the leadership of Deacon Rick Del Sontro, designed for the parents of young children. The program is held seasonally and features clergy and lay-leaders who discuss raising children with faith. Check out the calendar for our next Café.