Spiritual Formation

At First Baptist Greenville, it is our desire to provide opportunities for our members and for the community we serve to grow in faith, to find their place of service and to build community. We hope that by exploring the small group options below, you will be able to identify a small group that might help you on your journey.

Spiritual Enrichment Events

Spiritual Enrichment Events are designed to provide a space of rest, prayer, personal nurture and retreat. 

Bible Studies

First Baptist offers Bible studies that cover a wide variety of topics and are led by a diverse group of staff and members.

Prayer Groups

Two groups meet weekly for communal praying – Intercessory Prayer and Centering Prayer.

Labyrinth

Learn more about the two labyrinths at First Baptist and how to use them as a spiritual practice.

Adult Sunday School and Community Groups

Adults may choose from several different classes during the sunday school hour: 9:15–10:15 a.m.

Circles

Women’s groups who meet monthly and focus on speakers and missions projects.

Knit One, Crochet Too

The group meets every other week to knit items for church members.

Just Faith

JustFaith is a transformative process that inspires small groups of faithful Christians to embrace the gospel vision of justice and peace.

Spiritual Enrichment Events (SEE)

Spiritual Enrichment Events are designed to provide a space of rest, prayer, personal nurture and retreat.

We live in a busy world. In an attempt to care for our families, jobs and other responsibilities, we rarely make time to adequately care for ourselves. We are tired – mind, body and soul. Spiritual Enrichment Events (SEE) are designed to provide a space of rest, prayer, personal nurture and retreat.

They are open to the public, are typically held on Saturday mornings, and opportunities for relaxed learning and spiritual formation, the chance to interact with some of the finest speakers and facilitators we know, and a delicious lunch.

 

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Spiritual Enrichment Events will address real needs:

Spiritual formation, health and wholeness, marriage and parenting, recovery support, theological education, artistic exploration, or simply a “space” for prayer and contemplation. These events are offered on the campus of First Baptist Church of Greenville, conveniently situated beside the Swamp Rabbit Trail and just a short drive from beautiful downtown Greenville.

Upcoming Events

Bible Studies

First Baptist offers Bible studies that cover a wide variety of topics and are led by a diverse group of staff and members.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

We invite any who have an interest to join us weekly on Wednesdays beginning at 6:30 AM and finishing by 7:30 AM so that participants can make timely departures to the rest of their Wednesday activities.

Bert Strange, our Bible study leader, holds a Ph.D. in Theology and served as a Chaplain in his U.S. Army career. We follow the readings in the Revised Common Lectionary which often are used as the next-Sunday worship service scripture readings and thus provide previews of the scriptural bases for sermons.

So bring a cup of coffee and join us for systematic, stimulating, and unrestrained discussion of scripture. We look forward to your joining us when you are able.

Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30am

Starting September 13, 2017
AYMC (6th/7th grade classroom)
Contact: Bert Strange

Hop on Hop off Bible Tour

Join us this fall as Jim Dant takes us on a guided tour of the Bible. Like the “hop on hop off” bus tours of major cities, our goal will be to familiarize you with the overall scope and content of the Bible.

You will be able to find your way around and understand the terrain and context like never before. If you’ve ever wondered how all these books fit together – historically, theologically, etc. – this is the study for you.

If you find yourself wishing you knew more about the content of each book, this is the study for you. And yes, this is “hop on and hop off.” If you have to miss a week, that’s fine.

Tuesdays at 12pm

September 5 – November 7
Fellowship Hall, Bring your own lunch
Contact: matt.rollins@firstbaptistgreenville.com

 

The Work of the Body:

To See as We are Seen, To Know as We are Known, To Love as We are Loved

A Study of First and Second Corinthians facilitated by Michelle McClendon

In their book, The First Paul, Marcus Borg and Dom Crossan summarize 1 Corinthians 12 and 13 this way:

For Paul, “love one another” means “standing against the domination systems that rule his world, and collaborating with the Spirit in the creation of a new way of life that stands in contrast to the …wisdom of the world. Love and justice go together. Justice without love can be brutal, and love without justice can be banal. Love is the heart of justice, and justice is the social form of love.”

Join this lively study group as we delve deeply into the letters of the apostle Paul to the ancient Corinthian community, exploring what they might say about privilege, faith, justice and love to the Church in our time. We’ll laugh and cry some, and share our faith stories and journeys as we engage scripture together. Bring your Bible, an adventurous attitude, and come along as we open ourselves to the Spirit living in and through these ancient texts. Anyone is welcome!

Fridays | 10 – 11:30am

September – early Sepember
January – early May
Cost: $50 per semester
AYMC
Register with Becky Bouton

Prayer Groups

Two groups meet weekly for communal praying — Intercessory Prayer and Centering Prayer.

Both groups welcome newcomers and visitors at any time. You do not need to commit to weekly attendance — just come when you can!

Intercessory Prayer

Fridays |  9am-10am
September 22, 2017
Price classroom (A-417)
Contact: Mareon Stall (288-2447)

After opening with a devotional Scripture passage or article, the hour includes a review of the known cares and concerns of our church, our members and families, and offering prayers for those mentioned as well as staff members, volunteers and new members.

Centering Prayer

Tuesdays | 11am-Noon
Resumes September 5, 2017
Prayer Room (next to Carpenter Chapel on 3rd level)
Contact: Susan D’Amato (420-2016)

As described on the website of Contemplative Outreach, Centering Prayer is “a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself.

This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.” The Centering Prayer group uses its weekly gathering for reading and responding to a contemplative devotional or article and for twenty minutes of Centering Prayer.

Knit One, Crochet Too

The group meets every other week to knit items for church members.

1st and 3rd Tuesdays | 1-3pm
AYMC Lobby

If you have ever been the recipient of a prayer shawl, baby bib, baby blanket, hat, scarf or another handmade knit or crochet item from our church, you know that these items are truly gifts. You know that these items can brighten your day, brighten your home, and remind you that you are loved and prayed for by your church family. The Knit One, Crochet Too group at our church works faithfully to make these items and remind others of the love of God.

This group consists of Annelle Locke, Judy Wimmer, Joan Kellett, Janet Albert, Pam Christopher, Carol Cox and Laurie Waldrop. If you are interested in joining with the work of this ministry, the group welcomes new members and is happy to teach those who need to improve their knit and crochet skills.

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Join Us!

The group will be meeting Tuesday, September 6, 1-3pm in the seating area of the AYMC and will meet each month through May on the first and third Tuesdays.

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Support

If you would like to support the work of this ministry in donation form, monetary and yarn contributions are welcomed — acrylic or cotton yarns in worsted weight or baby yarn are the preference.

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Questions

If you have any questions about this ministry or becoming involved, please contact Laurie Waldrop.

Just Faith

JustFaith is a transformative process that inspires small groups of faithful Christians to embrace the gospel vision of justice and peace.

Phase 2

“You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.” Believe it or not, Jesus uttered this odd phrase once. It’s recorded in Matthew 23, when Jesus berates the Pharisees for a long list of things. It’s a strange image, isn’t it? Someone standing over their kitchen sink, strainer in hand, pouring soup through the strainer; every effort is made to strain the tiny gnat, but the camel is not strained!

When Jesus said this to the Pharisees, he was pointing out the perversion of their religious practices. The Pharisees emphasized the practices that benefited them directly over the practices of justice and mercy. This is a perpetual temptation for people of faith. In the routine of our lives and religious practice, it is all too easy to let justice and mercy take a backseat to the religious practices that seem to benefit us more directly.

JustFaith Ministries was started to help us keep justice and mercy at the forefront of our faith. JustFaith participants are encouraged and empowered to live a faith that stretches into the streets of our community through eight sessions of reading, conversations, spiritual practices, and serving our community. The JustFaith journey is both meaningful and moving. On the journey, you might even learn how to strain the camel.

A JustFaith group will be starting at the church soon, and there are a limited number of spots left! If you are interested in joining or have any questions about JustFaith, please contact me or Matt Rollins.

Peace,
Dylan

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