Adults at John McMillan Presbyterian Church can participate in Adult Sunday School, Weekday Bible Studies and Special Book Groups. To read more about each of these opportunities, click the corresponding plus sign.
Adult Sunday School
Adults can attend one of these faith building classes on Sunday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 am
ABCs of the Bible
Each Sunday at 9:30 am in Rooms 12/ 14 in the Christian Education wing, ths class meets to learn more about the Bible from a round table discussion. The format is informal. Those who gather study certain passages from the Bible and discuss the text together.
This year the class will begin with a study titled, “Meeting Jesus.” We will learn about his teaching, His compassion, His love, and His challenge for us. The class is open to any adults of all ages who are interested in an informal discussion.
Contact person: Hugh Given
The Discovery Class provides adults of all ages a place to explore contemporary Christian topics relevant to our lives. The class meets in Rooms 16/18 in the Christian Education wing at 9:30 am during the Church School Hour. The format is relaxed and discussion is encouraged.
Currently the Discovery Class is presenting its second series of panels and presenters sharing information about recent mission trips, as well as charitable organizations that we support.
On November 6, Laura Vincent, Executive Director of Family Promise of Southwestern of Pennsylvania will share the latest information about the organization. John McMillan is currently a member of a network of churches that hosts homeless children and their families from Family Promise on a rotating basis each year. If you would like to learn more about how you can become involved with this mission or are just curious about the organization itself, be sure to attend.
On the following week, November 13th, the Discovery Class will learn more about another mission that our church supports, South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM). Currently we are involved with the SHIM Fall Food Drive and the Angel Emporium. Executive Director Jim Guffey will enlighten us as to how the organization is changing to meet the needs of people who need help and live in the South Hills area. This should provide to be an informative hour.
Our 3rd series, “Faith Crosses into Life” will commence on November 20th and continue through December. Members of our congregation, from all walks of life, will share moment in time of their faith journey. Their moments will tie in with a relevant Bible verse. Those who attend will be encouraged to share what the Bible verses mean to them, whether or not they have had similar experiences, and will learn more about how God works in our individual lives. Adults of all ages are encouraged to attend.
The contact person for this class is Toni Sulkowski.
Weekday Bible Studies
Contact the church at 412-833-4704 for more information on any of our studies
Covenant Group for men of the church. Meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesday mornings of the month at 9:30. Hugh Given is the leader of the group.
Evening study group for women. This will provide a study for women to come to learn, grow in faith, pray and laugh together. The group will meet the last Monday evening of the month, in the Parlor from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Beginners and anyone who wants to connect with other women are invited, generally this group meets during the winter.
Special Book Study Groups
At JMPC short, inspirational six week topical studies are provided in the spring and fall. The groups meet at local cafes or restaurants, as well as at the church during the weekday and/or in the early evening. The groups enjoy a lively discussion of faith and how we can live more authentically as Christians.
Everyone is welcome to attend these discussion groups.
The books listed below are examples of what we have read in prior book studies.
The Next Christians
Gabe Lyons is optimistic that Christianity’s best days are yet to come. His best-selling book, UnChristian, revealed the pervasiveness of culture’s growing disregard for Christians. Now, in The Next Christians, Lyons shows how a new wave of believers are turning the tide by bringing the truth of the Gospel to bear on our changing, secular society.
“Restorers,” as Lyons calls them, approach culture with a different mentality than generations past. Informed by truth, yet seasoned with grace and love, these believers engage the world by drawing it to the sensibility and authenticity of the Christian life.
You can be one of these “next” Christians and change the negative perception of Christianity by living a life that is faithful to the Gospel, yet credible and coherent to your friends and neighbors.
When Christians Get It Wrong
When young adults talk about the problems they have with Christianity and the church, they often name certain attitudes and behaviors they believe are practiced too often by Christians: judging others, condemning people of other faiths, rejecting science, injecting politics into faith, and being anti-homosexual. With his familiar style, Adam Hamilton tackles these issues and addresses the how’s and why’s of Christians getting it right when it comes to being Christ in the world.
Those who read When Christians Get It Wrong will gain a different way of understanding the issues that keep people away from Christianity and keep Christians from living a more compelling faith. Because, honestly, if we don’t start getting it right, we may lose an entire generation.
What's the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?
Pastor and author Martin Thielen has compiled a list of ten things Christians need to believe–and ten things they don’t–to “qualify” as Christians. This lively and engaging book will be a help to seekers as well as a comfort to believers who may find themselves questioning some of the assumptions they grew up with.
Many people in the twenty-first century hunger for an expression of Christian faith that is different from the judgmental and narrow-minded caricatures they see on television or in the news. With an accessible style that’s grounded in solid biblical scholarship, Thielen shows how Christians don’t need to believe that sinners will be “left behind” to burn in hell or that it’s heresy to believe in evolution. And while we must always take the Bible seriously, we don’t always have to take it literally. At the same time, Christians do need to believe in Jesus–his life, his teachings, his death and resurrection, and his vision for the world. Thielen articulates centrist, mainline Christianity in a way that’s fresh and easy to understand and offers authentic Christian insights that speak to our deepest needs.
This is an ideal book for individual, group, or congregational study. A free leader’s guide that shows how the book can be used in these various settings is available at wjkbooks.com.
Millennial Meet Ups
The Young Adult Small Group is designed for those adults in their 20’s and 30’s. The purpose is to explore contemporary issues and perspectives. The format is informal and open discussion is encouraged. Topics vary as they are based upon the group’s interest. Meet ups are usually at the church in the evenings, although sometimes a different location is selected.
The group will be meeting again in the Fall, most likely starting in October on Wednesday evenings around 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome –feel free to bring a friend!
The contact for this group is Matt Fricker, our Director of Discipleship. If you would like to know more about our meetings, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org .