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)
Our Hands for His Glory
Facilitated by the Missions Team
It is a Great Valley tradition to take time each fall to place a special emphasis on our congregation’s missions outreach. This year, with the support of church leadership and countless individuals and committees, we celebrate how God is working in the world using Our Hands for His Glory! Join us each Sunday in November and December during the Adult Christian Education Hour as the Missions Team presents a speaker or panel of speakers to share how God has led each of them to serve Him. It is our privilege as believers to “spur one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24);" we hope this seven-week series will provide you with information about the various ways God has called some of those in our midst to do just that.
11/6 - Pannir Alexander, Deacon Board
11/13 - Kako Retreat Center
11/20 - Philadelphia Homeless Run
11/27 - Momentum Europe
12/4 - Greek Intervarsity
12/11 - Missionary Families in the Field
12/18 - Cance, Haiti Sister Church
Gospels and the Kingdom of God
Led by Sandy Haney
The kingdom – or empire – of God is a recurring theme in Jesus’ teachings, parables, and miracles. In this class, we’ll study various passages in the Gospels related to this theme. As we compare Jesus’ empire to Rome’s empire, we’ll see how Jesus challenged Roman society and its values. We’ll also discuss how to apply Jesus’ teachings to our own lives as we seek to live as members of Jesus’ empire (kingdom). The class will include lecture and discussion.
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. The groups listed below meet at the church; others meet in local homes.
Tuesdays at 6am (young professionals)
Tuesdays at 12:30pm
Thursdays at 7am
Tuesdays at 10:30am (Zoom available)
Thursdays (except the first Thursday of the month) at 9:15am
Men & Women's Groups:
Mondays at 1:30pm (Zoom available)
1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 2:30pm (grief support)
Thursdays at 7:30 (young adults)
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 2022-2023 schedule is below. Contact the church office for more info!
Upstairs at the White House by J. B. West
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Christmas Tea - We each bring ideas of books for gift giving and a small treat (cookies, candy, etc.) to share. We also bring a wrapped, gently used book to have a book exchange!
January 17, 2023
Crossing the Line by Kareem Rosser
The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner
Little Princes by Connor Grennan
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Movie Night - The Secret Garden