Adult Education Hour
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)
Proclaiming the Gospel in Our Daily Lives: Lessons from I Peter
In his first letter, Peter writes to encourage the Christians who were scattered throughout Asia to be Christ’s faithful witnesses. He calls them exiles, strangers in their own land. They were not literal exiles, but they were being called to live Christlike lives that were very different from the culture around them, and they were being treated as strangers and exiles as they faced ridicule and social exclusion. In the face of opposition and suffering, Peter encouraged them to show love to all and to “declare the praises of him who called them out of darkness into his wonderful light. (I Peter 2:9).” The message of I Peter speaks to us today as well.
In our study together we will be learning and discussing key passages from I Peter that teach us what it is like for us to live on mission, proclaiming the gospel to others in the workplace, our neighborhoods, and our own homes. The book Evangelism as Exiles by Elliot Cark will be serving as a resource to guide our study and discussions. It is not necessary to have a copy of the book for the class.
Here's Looking at You: Uncomfortable Themes from Amos
If you are highly defensive, if you always feel the need to insist you are in the right, then this class is likely not for you. In this class we will be looking at a few themes from the hard-hitting prophet Amos. The themes are meant to shine a light on our own life and the culture in which we swim with little thought. Amos was an outsider sent by God to the northern kingdom of Israel. The people to whom he spoke had no interest in listening, yet his words can speak into God’s people today. Will you join us in allowing God’s Word to prod us on touchy subjects like wealth, religion without justice, a life of ease, and national pride? We will also hear God’s invitation to “return to me” and His message of hope for failures like us.
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 in the Chapel. New members are always welcome! Our 2021-2022 schedule is below. Contact the church office for more info!
Emma by Jane Austen
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Christmas Tea (more information to follow)
January 18, 2022
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See
News of the World by Paulette Jiles