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.

Wednesdays with Westminster will look a little different this year! Rev. Dr. Buran Phillips will offer a lecture series on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the pastor and author who was executed in 1945 in a German concentration camp.

There will also be intergenerational activities for those who want something on the lighter side.

We’ll start the season on October 4, with a presentation from our youth about their summer conference and mission adventures. The following week is fall break, and we will take a hiatus, too. We will come back with full scheduling on October 18. There will be five weeks of lectures and activities in the fall, with an Advent break from November 22 through January 3. We’ll resume on January 10, and have five more weeks until Lent begins.

Ash Wednesday falls on February 14, 2018 with an Ash Wednesday service and imposition of ashes. On subsequent Wednesdays during Lent, we’ll have evening prayer services.

Dinner begins at 5:45, and lectures will begin at 6:30. Child care will be available for younger children, but older children are welcome to participate on the “lighter side” of things.

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, September 14 at 7:30 a.m.

Breakfast will be served

Lesson: John Smartt, Jr. will make a presentation entitled “Chalk Talk — Investing in Retirement”.

Coming up on September 28, Knoxville City Councilor Finbarr Saunders will discuss city government in Knoxville. On October 12, Larry Ridley will talk about “From Charity to Advocacy”.

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.