Adult Education & Faith Formation

At Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, we believe that our minds and intellects are gifts from God to be cultivated and nourished as part of faithful living.  We have many opportunities for study, conversation, and enrichment on Sunday mornings and during the week.  All are welcome!

Sunday Morning Adult Faith Formation, Fall 2021

Every Sunday morning 10:45-11:45am in person and on Zoom (see the Friday Flash for Zoom links)

Do Black Lives Matter to White Christians?

Taught by the Rev. Dr. Ruben Rosario-Rodriguez, Theology Professor, St. Louis University

Mission Weekend

  • October 3 - Hands-on mission activities

Becoming a More Light Presbyterian Church

  • October 10 - What is the Biblical Invitation to be a Welcoming Church?
    • Using an entertaining film entitled Fish Out of Water, the class will explore the Biblical passages used to condemn homosexuality. A handout summarizing biblical and theological themes will help us understand why we are called to welcome LGBTQAI Christians. Facilitator: Janice Seele, Co-Chair WGPC Advocacy Team
  • October 17 - What does it mean to be a More Light Presbyterian Congregation?
    • Elders Carrie Rao and others will explain the process and the reasoning that the WGPC Session used in voting to become a More Light Presbyterian congregation, welcoming LGBTQAI believers into our midst. The participants will explore how we might grow into this expanding identity as a church community.

How is the Pandemic Changing the Christian Church?

  • October 24 - Congregations of all shapes and sizes have been affected by the pandemic - related to changes in membership, worship, technology, educational programming, mission outreach, use of buildings, money and leadership patterns. How is the pandemic affecting WGPC - and what does this say about the future? Facilitator: Rev. Susan Andrews, Theologian in Residence

Environmental Stewardship - Birds!

  • October 31 - Guest speaker: Mr. Bill Rowe, Vice President of Education, St. Louis Audubon Society
    • Interested in watching feathered friends in our backyards and local environs? Would you like to know more about birds, their diversity, and how we can contribute to their survival? Join us for a Zoom presentation by Bill Rowe as we learn more about birds - Environmental Stewardship's focus for this year.

The Challenges of Mission in Nicaragua

  • November 7 - Guest speaker: Tracey King-Ortega, PCUSA World Mission Liaison for Central America
    • Much is happening in Nicaragua in these days! And how are we as Presbyterians supporting the people of Nicaragua and our mission partners there? What are the impacts of COVID-19? What about migration? The political situation there? Climate change? What's going on with our partners in Plan Grande #2? Come and find out!
      Our special guest (via Zoom) will be Tracey King-Ortega who has served in Nicaragua for over 20 years and brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to helping facilitate mission partnerships between organizations and communities throughout Central America. You can read more about Tracey here, but better yet, meet her via Zoom and learn more about how Presbyterians "do" mission. Harriet Hall will also provide an update on our partners in Plan Grande #2 and the scholarship students.

Coping with Pandemic Stress

  • November 14 - Naming our Stress
    • WGPC member Dr. Pete Putnam (practicing pediatrician and Chair of the Pediatrics Department of Esse Health) will help participants name and understand the stresses caused by continuing pressures of the COVID pandemic. He will address the linkage between toxic/chronic stress and changes in our physical and mental health.
  • November 21 - Strategies and Resources for Building Resilience
    • WGPC member Amy Escott (MS, LPC - Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis) will share concrete strategies for building resilience in ourselves, our families and our communities.

Advent Explorations

Facilitated by Jeff Buck. Using a book of daily Advent readings, Watch for the Light (Readings for Advent and Christmas), we will reflect on one or two readings each Sunday morning. Contributors and writers include: Annie Dillard, Soren Kierkegaard, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Kathleen Norris, Madeleine L'Engle, C.S. Lewis, and others.

  • November 28
  • December 5
  • December 12
  • December 19

Additional Adult Faith Formation Opportunities:

Men's Bible Study

Every other Thursday morning, 7:00am
This Bible study is facilitated by The Rev. Dale Kuhn and is currently studying the Biblical Book of Hebrews. For more information, contact Frank Bloemke at 314-962-0584

Disciple Bible Study

Every Thursday morning, 10:00-11:30am in person and on Zoom
Beginning with 2nd Corinthians, a leisurely walk through the New Testament - dialogue, doubt and curiosity are welcome!. Contact Pastor Hannah to find out what book we're on each week.

Questions? Contact Diane McCullough.

Wednesday Evening Book Study

Third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm on Zoom (see Friday Flash for Zoom link)
2021-2022 Book: Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way and Presence by Diana Butler Bass.

Group-led discussion (with support from Rev. Susan Andrews).

New group members welcome! Contact Betsy Wacker.

We seek to live Christ's love, welcome all people and joyfully serve God.