Adult Education

Upcoming Fall Classes


Parables of God’s Love from Children’s Literature:  Children’s Literature can be an outstanding source of contemporary metaphors about God’s relationship to us and our relationships with each other.  Just as the Children’s sermon, captures and illuminates the “Big Idea” of the Sunday scripture — So too, children’s stories, can provide profound insights into the nature of God and God’s intentions for us.

In this seven-week course, the instructors will describe Christian understandings that can be drawn from several favorite children’s books.  Each class is designed to capture our imaginations, deepen our faith and help us more confidently pass stories of our faith on to the next generation.  We hope you can “zoom=in” for the whole series, but if you miss a class, don’t worry—-each class stands alone.

This course will be offered Sundays from NOON to 1:00 pm on ZOOM.  The link for the course is:  This same link will be used for all 7 classes.

September 19 & 26 and October 3 & 10: “The Gospel According to Frances”:  The first four classes will explore books by Russell Hoban—including Bedtime for Frances, Bread and Jam for Frances, A Birthday for Frances, and A Bargain for Frances.  Taught by Dale Hess and Fran Page

October 17: As I Have Loved You”:  The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown and Corduroy by Don Freeman.  Taught by Fran Page

October 24: Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Pena, taught by Pastor Carmen Goetschius.

October 31: “The Light we Are,” When God Made Light, by Matthew Paul TurnerTaught by Pastor Brenna Dykman.


Sunday Adult Education

Adult Bible Lectionary Study

Every Sunday morning from 9:00 – 10:00 am, Dr. Will Deming leads an Adult Bible Study on the lectionary Scripture passages for that day’s worship, using the Revised Common Lectionary. This is a wonderful way to dive into the Scriptures before hearing them in the worship service.

UPDATE: During this time at home, Dr. Deming is offering this study class on Zoom. To participate weekly, join on Zoom at the same time of 9:00 – 10:00 am via this link: The Zoom Meeting ID is 922-8513-8816.

Special Adult Education Classes & Guest Speakers

Special Adult Christian Education classes and guest speakers are offered throughout the year on Sundays, occasionally before or after the worship service. The announcements and details for these go out in the Spire monthly newsletter and weekly announcements. 

Mid-Week Adult Education Gatherings

Practical Theology Study & Discussion Group

Every Wednesday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, the Practical Theology and Discussion Group gathers to study books and articles that explore Christian theology and thought. Feel free to drop in! All are welcome!

Open Circle Women’s Group

Every Thursday morning from 10:00 – 11:30 am during the program year, a weekly women’s study and fellowship group meets to check-in with one another, engage in a Bible or topical study, and concludes with a time of prayer. All women are welcome! Feel free to drop in!

UPDATE: During this time at home, Open Circle is gathering virtually on Zoom.

The Zoom Meeting ID for those gatherings is 827-988-495 and here is the link to join.

View At-Home Adult Faith Formation Resources >>

Join Us for Worship Service

Every Sunday at 10:30 am

First Presbyterian Church
1200 SW Alder Street
Portland, Oregon 97205

Tel: (503) 228-7331