Small groups are the back bone of our church. They allow for a place where adults can connect with one another, get to know others as more than just a smiling face on Sunday mornings, and most importantly grow and strengthen one another in faith. Most small groups are comprised of both men and women from all walks of life and in all stages of faith development. With a variety of days and times to choose from, small groups are a place for all adults to connect! Head to the Small Groups page for more information.
Bible studies are a great place for adults to learn and grow in Christ alongside one another. Our current Bible studies are divided into men's and women's groups, which allow men and women to find others they can identify with. Although each study and group is unique, all Bible studies offer time for Bible teaching and/or facilitation, discussion, prayer, conversation and encouragement in a laid-back atmosphere. Having separate men's and women's groups allow for support that you can sometimes find best with those of the same gender. Bible studies often serve as a great place to develop accountability and encourage one another in your daily walk. Bible studies typically meet during the school year and take a break over the summer months. They are open to any adult at any time. Whether you come occasionally or every week, you will be blessed and grow deeper in you faith.
Men's Bible Study
Monday Evenings, 7-8:30pm; beginning September 17thLocation: Room 215
Current Study: The Book of LukeFacilitators: Ed Carlsen and Jim Godfrey
Men of all ages gather together for Bible discussion, prayer, and of course food and conversation. This year's study will focus on working through the New Testament book of Luke. Participants will learn more about the history and culture that was prevalent when the book of Luke takes place, study the teachings of Jesus and events in this particular gospel account and discuss how the book still applies to lives today.
Ladies Afternoon Prayer and Bible Study
1st Tuesday of each month, 12:30-2:30pm; beginning October 2ndLocation: Room 214
Current Study: In the Middle of the MessCoordinator: Lisa McElhinny
Instead of a more typical Bible study, this gathering of women is more of a social and support group. It's a time to come together in prayer over each other, along with fellowship over tea and desserts. Looking at scripture is truly guided by the Lord and any devotional materials He provides to this group is always a blessing. The group is mainly attended by women in their middle years and those in retirement, but women of any age are always welcome!
This year's study, "In the Middle of the Mess," looks at the trials we face in life. Because the trials can seem overwhelming and "too big" for God, we can convince ourselves that God's grace is too far away for us. If life feels hard right now and you find yourself out of sorts, or even struggling to put one foot in front of the other each day, Bible teacher Sheila Walsh put together this DVD series for you. If you aren't struggling right now, this series can give you a deeper understanding into the hearts of those who are, so you can approach with more empathy, sensitivity, and the compassion needed to show God’s love in Christ.
Gathering in His Name Women's Bible Study
Thursday Mornings, 10-11:30am; beginning September 20thLocation: Waith Fellowship Hall
Current Study: The Book of MatthewCoordinator: Diane CarlsenTeacher: KC Carlsen
Gather weekly to study the book of Matthew, a book written by Matthew who was also called Levi, was a tax-gatherer when Jesus called him to be one of the twelve disciples. The message of the book of Matthew centers on the throne of Jesus’ kingship. Matthew presents the Messiah King who is revealed, the King who is rejected and the King who will return. No gospel is more instructive for those who are the Lord’s disciples and who are called to represent Him in the world. The lessons on discipleship are life-changing for the committed reader, as they were for the eleven who were Jesus’ first followers.
In addition to studying the book of Matthew, prayer for one another, a weekly devotional thought, time to share and encourage one another, as well as delicious treats, round out each morning. Unique to this study is the group of women that make up the group. It is comprised of women from 30 to 99 and many ages in between. There are stay-at-home moms, women that work part-time, as well as retired women in this group. You'll also find women from a variety of local church attending each week. Stop in one week to get a taste of this group.
Childcare is provided in our preschool/nursery room for those attending the study.
Women's Evening Bible Study
Thursday evenings bi-weekly, 6:45-8:30pm; beginning September 13thLocation: Waith Fellowship Hall
Fall Meeting Dates: Sept. 13th, Sept. 27th, Oct. 11th, Oct. 25th, Nov. 8th, Nov. 29th, Dec. 13th
Current Study: Women of the BibleCoordinator: Laurie Muscato
By looking at the lives of well-known and lesser-known women in the Bible, participants will discover the important roles these women played in the Bible. The study also aims to help participants figure out how the lessons can be applied to daily life.
In this laid-back group, women have a chance to learn together, encourage one another in daily struggles, and pray together. Most of the group participants are women who work outside of the home during the day and is comprised mainly of young adult women through those in the middle years of life, but don't let age stop you from being part of this gathering!
Childcare is provided in our preschool/nursery room for moms with young children that attend the study.
At Lancaster Presbyterian Church you will often find people of all ages in each of our Bible Studies, and young people are welcomed into any of these groups! However, since there are many life transitions during early adulthood, we also acknowledge that it is important for young adults to be able to meet in peer-orientated groups. DaB - Dinner and Bible - as well as small groupd dedicated specifically to young adults, help encourage peer-spiritual development. Our young adult groups tend to be college students through those in their 20's. You'll usually find both singles and couples in these groups, as well as students, those already in the work force, young parents, any people in many stages in between.
DaB: Dinner and Bible
Monday Evenings @ 6pm; May - AugustLocation: Young's Home; 12 Huntley Place, Lancaster
Current Study: TBDFacilitators: Becky Young, Laurie Muscato, Carolina Jackson
Geared toward college-aged students, this group meets weekly from mid-May through mid-August, when many college students return home for the summer. Weekly gatherings include a delicious dinner, engaging discussions focusing on the hard questions that young adults often face on the college campus, as well as a time of just hanging out or playing games. If you've never heard of cat charades, stop in some week to see what it's all about!
From September through early-May this group is encouraged to get involved in the Christian organizations on their local college campus, so there are not weekly meetings. However, DaB often meets monthly on Sunday afternoons for lunch and Bible discussion. Discussion topics vary from one meeting to another. Watch for postings on the events page about these meetings. The group also meets for an annual Thanksgiving Eve Party as well as a Christmas Party in December. DaB is open to all young adults at any time!
Young Adults' Small Group
Saturday evenings bi-weekly, 6pm; October - AprilLocation: Potozniak Home, 64 Nichter Rd., Lancaster
Fall Meeting Dates: TBA
Current Study: Balancing Life's DemandsFacilitator: Kelly Harty
The young adults' small group is a branch of our larger small group ministry for adults. Like the other small groups, this group meets twice a month for dinner, Bible discussion and prayer, but is specifically geared toward those in early adulthood. It is a place for young adults to grow alongside peers, sharing struggles and encouraging one another in their faith. For more information about this year's study, Balancing Life's Demands, click here.
The group is composed of men and women in their 20's and early 30's, including college students, singles, and couples, in all stages of life. The young adults' small group gathers for dinner starting at 6pm and ends the study around 8:30pm. Some leave at the conclusion of the study and prayer time, while others stay later to socialize or play games.