Online Adult Education Hour
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we've moved Christian Education online! Bob Scott is recording each week's lecture from his study of Ecclesiastes. Watch the video here, then join us Sunday morning for a followup discussion live on Zoom at 9am (instructions for joining the Zoom class are shared via the church e-mail system).
Ecclesiastes is one of the most challenging reads in all of Scripture! It resists logical outlining, contains apparent antithetical statements and, at times, seems to contradict the rest of Scripture. The "Teacher/Preacher" is brutally honest! He argues that from an earthly observable perspective, life is meaningless. He sees injustice in life: "...look at what happens in the world: sometimes the righteous get the punishment of the wicked, and the wicked get the reward of the righteous. I say it is useless." He believes that life is often unexplainable, "I realized that you could stay awake night and day and never be able to understand what God is doing." He addresses many other disturbing realities in life.
So, what counsel does he give, especially to young people? Is it possible that fearing God by keeping his commandments is the only key which makes life worth living? Can it really be that simple? Join us during January and February as we seek to hear God speak to us through Ecclesiastes.
Adult Christian Education opportunities at Great Valley Presbyterian Church aim to:
Empower disciples to hunger for the truth found in God’s Word and to obey its teachings.
Engage all people in the process of becoming more Christ-like.
Equip followers of Jesus to serve the Kingdom both in the church and in the community.
Enrich relationships within our body of Christ as we study, fellowship, and grow together.
To accomplish this goal, we provide Sunday morning classes that follow a Bible Track (touching on the whole counsel of God) and a Discipleship Track (allowing for teaching and training in application of Scripture).
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. —2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
Lesson 3: Ecclesiastes
Lesson 2: Ecclesiastes
Lesson 1: Ecclesiastes
Options for Life Group
Interested in Studying the Bible?
There are a number of small groups studying Scripture. Some groups meet during the day and others at night. Many, but not all, gather weekly.
Thursdays, 7am at GVPC
2nd & 4th Tuesdays 7pm at a Wayne home
Thursdays (except the first Thursday of the month), 9:15am at GVPC
Young Adults' Group:
Thursdays 7:30 PM at GVPC
On the 1st Thursday of the month, we gather for dinner ahead of time (6:45 pm) at the church. Come to eat or feel free to just show up for Bible study.
Opportunities for Prayer
Great Valley Prayer
Saturdays at 9 AM in the sanctuary
Come any Saturday you like - there is no weekly commitment needed to attend. We spend a little more than a half hour in corporate prayer and we would be encouraged by having you join us.
Cottage Prayer meeting
The second Wednesday each month, beginning at 7:00PM, folks gather for prayer. A time of sharing blessings and needs is followed by a reading from the Bible, then prayer. The evening concludes with fellowship over dessert. The meeting is held in homes on a rotating basis. The location is noted in the bulletin the Sunday prior. For more information contact the church office.
The Missionary Society may be the oldest continuously-meeting group in the church, originating nearly 200 years ago, with the sole purpose of learning of, praying for, and giving to missionaries. On the third Wednesdays of September-December and March-June, men and women with a heart for missions meet in the Chapel to hear missionary speakers share their experiences and insights then fellowship over lunch. A brief business meeting begins at 10:30 followed by devotions, a program at 11:00, and lunch at noon. All are cordially welcome!
First Thursday is a mid-day gathering consisting of lunch and a program, often with a special speaker. Beginning with devotions at 11:30 AM and ending around 2 PM, it is held on the first Thursday of October, November, December and April, May and June. The events are free, but, for accurate lunch planning, advance reservations are greatly appreciated. Please sign up at the church or call the office.
Great Valley Book Club
Great Valley Book Club is a place for those who love to read and discuss books with others. The club is currently meeting monthly via Zoom. New members are always welcome! Our 2020-2021 schedule is below. Contact the church office for more info or the link to join the meeting!
Caroline: A Little House Revisited by Sarah Miller
Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
Wonder by R.J. Palacia
January 19, 2021
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
The Lilac Girls by Marcia Hall Kelly
Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan