Adult Education

There are numerous chances to learn more and expand your faith. Below are featured Adult Sunday School classes and special speakers from the Westminster Speakers Series, as well as a listing of our current groups that meet on a regular basis. Want more information? Visit our calendar to find out details, or contact Renee.

Reverend Buran Phillips leads us in Bible study at noon on Tuesdays. This year, the class is I Corinthians in the fall and II Corinthians after the New Year. Bring a sandwich for an hour of learning about the Bible and the history surrounding it.
A series of presentations by church members and friends from the community is offered in the Fall before Advent and in the Winter/Spring before Lent. Please join us for dinner and an evening that includes something for everyone! We begin with dinner at 5:45 prepared by our Loaves and Fishes cooking teams and follow with a speaker at 6:30. No reservations are needed, and childcare is always available. See the full schedule below for more.

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9/14 Youth summer experiences Barbara Adamcik

9/21 Waters of Chaos Jeff & Jerry Dobson

9/28 East Tennessee Historical Soc. Cherel Henderson

10/5 Olympics experiences Sharon Evers

10/12 Holocaust survivor Sonja Dubois

10/19 Smoky Mountain Service Dogs Laurie Birt

10/26 Sisters of Mercy Sister Anna Marie

11/2 Fun and Fitness Missy Kane

11/9 Great Schools Partnership Nicole Lewis

11/16 KNS Editor Jack McElroy


1/11 Open mic night members/summer vacations

1/18 The Last Billion Years Don Byerly

1/25 Escape from North Korea Kenneth Kim

2/1 MAST program Jordan Conerty

2/8 Family Preparedness Marty Pryor

2/15 Trust Terry Crow

2/22 Missions to refugees Michael Betz

3/1 Ash Wednesday worship 7:30

3/8 – 4/12 Lenten series (soup supper at 5:45 and prayer service at 6:30)

Come join our Companions in Christ women’s spirituality group that meets every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:00 in the Prayer Room! This group is always open to new people joining. Be on the look out for upcoming articles in the Abbey and bulletin concerning a new study to begin this fall. The class is committed to a study in community of spiritual development by choosing a relevant book, or, discussion and experiential practice of spiritual practices. They usually have scriptures, sometimes hymn singing, sometimes meditative time, and always prayer centered. We hope you will join the weekly gathering as they progress together on their spiritual journeys.
Twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday mornings at 7:30 am a group of men from the church gather in the McKinnon room for a time of fellowship and learning. We start off with a light breakfast and then move into the lesson for the day. The lessons are prepared on a rotating basis amongst the group and the topics are very diverse. Here is a sample of some past topics: “Does God Take Sides?”, “Football, The Moral Hazard”, “Abe Lincoln – Infidel or Believer?”, “Who Stole the American Dream?”, “Why Don’t the Rich Give to Charity?”. The discussion is lively, thought-provoking, and humorous. Our pastors are part of the group and they join right in, often to referee and keep us on track. Come join us and bring a friend as we attempt to connect our faith and life.

Access this page at any time for a current schedule of meetings, lessons and announcements.  Each lesson will be attached to this page for your convenience to read and print a copy.

Next Meeting Date:  Thursday, May 11 at 7:30 a.m.

Breakfast will be served by Bill McNabb

Lesson: Roger Kiefer

Coming up on May 25, Tim Crais will make a presentation on “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis”

We welcome any thoughts, suggestions, or ideas you may have about the group. Many thanks to all who are volunteering to present a lesson or provide breakfast for the group.  As always, remember, no reservation is necessary.

If you have questions, contact Larry Ridley at


A Bible study for women meets at two different times each month. Both groups use the PC(USA) Horizons Bible study curriculum.  This year, the study is entitled “Who Is Jesus? What A Difference a Lens Makes.” The first group meets at 10:00 a.m. on the first Thursday morning of each month in the SHOW room. The second group does exactly the same study, but meets on the fourth Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the church library. Contact Mary Boyd for more information.
This congenial group meets on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss an assigned book. Join them in the library at 10:30 for great conversation. Contact the church office or check the Abbey for the current book title.
For a complete updated listing of adult Sunday school classes, visit the Sunday school page.