Adult Education

Into Narnia and Back

By popular demand, FPC’s guru in literature and film, Dale Hess, will be presenting a three-session course on Narnia hosted in the Heritage Room (207) from 12-1 pm on Sundays.

Into Narnia and Back will look at how one gets into Narnia and how one gets out. Although there are more kinds than we can easily see, there is one simple answer. You are called and so you enter; you are sent and so you leave.

We will look at the beginning and end of the three Narnia stories that have been made into films so far. On the first Sunday, February 5, we will look at the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. (Dale will offer you an actual photograph of the wardrobe.) We will see the four children enter haphazardly and leave as the firmest of friends.

On the second Sunday, February 12, we see the beginning and ending clips from Prince Caspian. We will approach it with our two questions again. How did the children get into Narnia and how did they get out? They got in because they were called by the Great Horn of Queen Susan, which was left there in the previous story.

On the final Sunday, February 19, we will see the beginning and ending clips from The Voyage of the Dawne Treader. The younger two Pevensie children, Edmund and Lucy, are called back, along with a new voyager, Eustace Scrubb. And again, in the end, all are sent back to England, but decisively changed by having been with Aslan. This is the story with the clearest and most powerful theological statement of the three films.

We hope to see you there.

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:  Open Circle is meeting back in person but there is still an opportunity to join over Zoom.


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Every Sunday at 10:30 am

First Presbyterian Church
1200 SW Alder Street
Portland, Oregon 97205

Tel: (503) 228-7331