Adult Christian Formation Opportunities
at Richmond's First Baptist Church
Fall 2013

God is constantly seeking to form us into the image of Christ for the sake of others. Our part begins with consciously choosing to cooperate with the Spirit by practicing spiritual disciplines involving head, heart, and hands. Although the adult formation opportunities listed below work on more than one part of us, they have been organized under head, heart, and hands to assist you in your selection. Which area(s) do you need to give attention to at this point of your journey with Christ?

Please note that beginning and ending dates vary, as well as the number of sessions. Registration is not required for any of the classes. Simply come to the first session listed.


The Head refers to two dimensions of preparation and equipping for the Christian journey – (1) gifts and calling, and (2) skills and knowledge. The focus is on understanding.

• Biblical Womanhood
A new book by Rachel Held Evan’s entitled, "A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband "Master". Evan’s humorous but thoughtful engagement with the Bible will challenge assumptions and stereotypes. Please contact Elizabeth Norton, (804) 307-2654, to get your book ($6) or for additional information.

Dates: September 11-December 11
Time: Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Location: Suite 280K
Facilitators: Elizabeth Norton & Ann Keo

• Commonwealth Parenting Sessions
Parenting is one of the most challenging, yet fulfilling, roles in human existence. Consider joining gifted and knowledgeable speakers from Commonwealth Parenting as they lead parents of young children to explore the three important parenting challenges. Three different classes will be offered with specific topics to be determined.
    • October 2 Little Kids, Big Questions (Parents of Toddlers & Preschoolers). Speaker: Michelle Johnston
    • October 9 The Role of Birth Order in Child Development. Speaker: Susan Brown
    • October 16 Creating Balance in a Competitive World. Speaker: Susan Brown

Time: 6:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Location: Suite 280F
Convener: Candi Brown, Minister to Children

• Holy Spirit: Gift and Guide
Do you feel like a second-class Christian when it comes to an awareness of the Holy Spirit? Do you understand how the Holy Spirit works in your life? Are you hungry for practical and life-giving ways to search for a real sense of the living God in your everyday life? Utilizing Trevor Hudson’s newest book, Holy Spirit: Here and Now, we will journey together to explore who the Holy Spirit is and what it is that the Holy Spirit does?

Dates: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20
Time: Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Location: Suite 280H
Facilitator: Dr. Steve Booth, Associate Pastor, Christian Formation

• Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study
Following the Wednesday night meal, adults are invited to remain in the Dining Hall for a time of prayer and study. Bible studies, intercessory prayer, and mission speakers are part of the schedule this fall.
Dates: Every Wednesday, September - July
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Dining Hall
Dr. Jim Somerville, Senior Pastor

The Heart refers to the deepening of relationships with God, self, and others. The focus is on being.

Connection Café.
Relax and enjoy a cup of coffee, a light snack, and conversation with new and old friends. This is a non-structured time for you to connect with fellow travelers on the Christian journey.

Dates: On Wednesdays, September 11 – May 21
Time: 5:45 - 7:15 p.m.
Location: Library Foyer
Contact person: Lynn Turner, Senior Associate Pastor, Christian Community

Catalyst Prayer
This is a time to come and be still, to lift up the church staff, lay leaders, and ministries of our church. It is also a time to draw encouragement from one another as we pray together for the many ministries of our church.
5:45 - 6:00 - enter quietly in time of silence and preparation for prayer
6:00 - 6:45 - offering prayers on behalf of others
6:45 - 7:00 - devotional thought and closing words of encouragement.

Dates: Wednesdays, September 11 - July 30
Time: 5:45 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Adams Room
Facilitator: Dr. James Flamming,
Pastor Emeritus

I’d Listen if You’d Stop Talking: For Parents of Teens
This class will identify healthy and unhealthy communication patterns between parents and teenagers in an effort to discover and reinforce helpful ways parents and teens can discuss things that matter. Although the topic can be heavy, we’ll keep the meetings light, informative, and discussion oriented.

Dates: Wednesdays, September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16
Time: 6:15 -7:15 p.m.
Location: Suite 280J
Facilitator: Rev. Bart Dalton, Minister to Students

Advent Contemplative Service
A special service of silence, prayer, music, and Scripture readings.

Date: Wednesday, December 11
Time: 6:15 p.m.
Location: Chapel
Host Group: Prayer Ministry Team and Rev. Lynn Turner, Senior Associate Pastor, Christian Community

Spiritual Discovery Series
The spiritual journey involves all of who we are head, heart, and hands. Study and dialogue are important tools for exploring our relationship with Christ, but head knowledge is not enough. Our faith is formed when we touch, mold, paint, and create with eyes and hands. Artist Josie Carver invites you to deepen your connection to God with story, scripture, art, and “soul-training” exercises. Register at Morton@FBCRichmond.org or 358-5458 ext 122.

• September 18: Mapping Your Spiritual Journey. Create a map of your spiritual journey. Illustrate the wandering road or the straight path, the roadblocks or helpful signs encountered along the way. All materials provided.
• September 25: A Book of Blessings. Write" the story of your blessings. Pictures and bible verses will be used to record our narrative. All materials provided, or feel free to bring personal photos.
• October 2: Heal Like Jesus. Read and listen to a Jesus’ healing story using
the ancient practice of Lectio Divina (sacred reading). Create a collage to
express what is heard. All materials provided.
• October 9: What's In A Name? In biblical times, every name had a meaning. Create a matted "picture" of your name and its meaning, decorated with dried embellishments. Please provide correct first name spelling before class meeting to josephinecarver@gmail.com

Dates: Wednesdays, September 18, 25; October 2, and 9
Time: 6:15-7:15 pm
Location: Suite 280B
Facilitator: Josie Carver

Hands refer to the practical ways one puts God’s love into action. The focus is on

• Christmas Is Not Your Birthday
Mark the five Wednesday nights in October as MUST evenings to have dinner in the dining room and experience the joy of living and giving like Jesus. Multi-media presentation and table discussions will explore the idea that “CHRISTMAS IS NOT YOUR BIRTHDAY.” The 5-week series is designed to help all of us reclaim the missional meaning of Jesus’ birth and experience a Christmas season with peace and joy rather than hurry and stress.

Dates: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 6:15 -7:15 p.m.
Location: Dining Hall
Facilitator: Generosity Team/Leader Staff

• S.K.E.I.N.S.: Sewers, Knitters, Embroiderers Involved in Needlework & Service
This is a mission opportunity opened to all who enjoy the various fiber arts. This group meets to provide area hospitals and agencies with scarves, lap robes and tiny gowns as we learn, teach, share, and serve.

Dates: Wednesdays, September 11 - May 21 (ongoing)
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Suite 280C
Facilitator: Linn Kreckman (Contact info: 804-355-4551)

• Sleeping Bags for the Homeless
Join others in making sleeping bags for distribution through our Community Missions Ministry. No sewing skills are necessary and all materials are provided.

Dates: Wednesdays, Sept.11 – June 25
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: LL-16
Facilitator: Laura Hedrick (Contact info: 804-282-0968)

• “Up In Arms” Puppet Ministry
Learn to communicate Jesus’ love in a whole new way. Adults and youth (grades 6-12) are invited to join the puppet ministry. Learn to make and use props, sets, and puppets for performances throughout the year. No experience necessary.

Dates: Wednesdays, September – June 25 (ongoing)
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Suite 240D
Facilitator: Diane Dinsmore

• Compassion 101
Many of us hear the word “compassion” and sincerely desire to practice it but are uncertain how to do so. This class will take a practical look at the basic questions of who, what, when, where and how to practice the act of Christian compassion in everyday life. We will also explore the Biblical texts that call us to acts of compassion and seek to identify our appropriate response as Christ followers.

Dates: 4 Wednesday evenings beginning September 18, 25, Oct 2, Oct 9
Time: 6:15 -7:15 p.m.
Location: Suite 280G
Facilitator: Rev. Steve Blanchard