Christian Education

Mrs.SusanLynnAt First Presbyterian, Christian Education is not just for the young. There are programs for every age and style. From Bible Study to topical discussion classes, if you’re interested in it we probably have it. Susan Tompkins is our Director of Christian Education and provides leadership in planning, scheduling and teaching. By studying God, we honor God, and through these offerings, He is glorified! Email Susan with questions.

Rev. Wayne Cole teaches 8-12 week Bible studies that meet on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Wayne’s classes are on a variety of topics, and have been consistent favorites of the members of our congregation for many years. Wayne has the unique gift of finding the topics that are relevant to the time and place in which the church and society finds themselves. These midweek studies are designed to give participants the opportunity to delve deeper into the Scriptures for the purposes of knowledge and faith formation. There are also adult education opportunities during our Wonderful Wednesday programs that vary in topic and format throughout the year. For more information, contact Wayne.


Adult Sunday School – With numerous adult Sunday School classes, there is certainly something for everyone. The offerings range from traditional Bible studies to a meditation class, and we are always evaluating what types of classes are needed by the congregation. There is something for all ages, generations, and stages of life. Please contact Susan Tompkins for more information about Sunday School classes.


Meditation Class with Carole Olmert in the Jean Smith Prayer/History Room

Anyone is welcome to participate in this intentional time of prayer and meditation

Religion 101 with Dr. Bryan Bibb in the main street level room

Bryan is the Religion Professor at Furman University and pretty much follows his college course syllabus – except we don’t have to take the tests and exams. Whew!

Sisterhood Class with Amy Couch in the lower level

Women of all ages and stages of life are encouraged and welcome to join this warm, caring, supportive group of women as participate in book studies and short-term Bible studies. They start out with a study of grace and forgiveness through Joseph in Genesis.


Conversation Class with Diane Groce and Tom Davis in room 103

This class has much “conversation” surrounding their studies. The class will resume using Adam Hamilton’s, Half Truths study.

Seekers Class with Ronnie Bruce in the Mount Tabor Room.

Ronnie selects current events and times for his class topics, books, and music to have conversation around. The class will resume using Paul Thereaux’s, Deep South.

Wired Word with Rev. Ralph May in the Agape Room

Ralph uses to facilitate conversations about a specific current event. The subject, rationale, and questions are emailed to class members the week prior to the Sunday class.

Young Spirits class with Rudy & Marsha Painter, Gail Hermann, Bill & Connie Harrell in room 104

This class is resuming for the folks who enjoy a SS class which includes Bible and topical book studies relative to living their faith today, as friendship and fellowship. Their first study resuming back is Adam Hamilton’s, Half Truths.

“NAME TBD” class with Leland Burch in room 107

Leland continues the tradition of leading long-term, in-depth Bible studies. Come and participate in the study of Isaiah using Mickey Efird’s Bible Study series.

Explorers class with Charlotte Koehler in room 105

Charlotte will spend time in conversation with the older ladies of our church in book and Bible studies. The class will begin the semester studying James Moore’s book, Attitude is your Paintbrush.


Childcare is provided for babies – K5 during all worship services. Any staff member or person with a “Greeter” nametag can get you to the right place. Our Safe Place policy ensures that everything possible is done to keep our children in a safe and healthy environment. If you are interested in a copy of our Safe Place policy, a copy may be obtained from the church office or from the link below. Here are a few of the guidelines to which we adhere:

-Glass windows installed in all classroom & office doors.

-Background checks for all staff and volunteers who work with children and youth.

-Volunteers working with children and youth must be members of the church for at least six months.

-Babies through youth classes, programs, and activities are asked to have two approved teachers at all times.

-There is one person assigned to each of the crib nursery, toddler and preschool rooms every Sunday morning from 8:45 until after the 11:00am worship service concludes to provide consistent, constant and loving care to the children.

-Hall Monitor volunteers are on duty during Worship, Sunday School, Wonderful Wednesday, and VBS.

-Nursery through 5K rooms are NO FOOD ZONES with the exception of baby food and formula. Veggie Snacks and water are the only approved food allowed in these classrooms. In elementary and youth rooms, it is a grade by grade determination.

A full copy of the Safe Place policy can be found here.



1st grade children participate in Wonders of Worship Education  (WOW) with Susan Tompkins during the Winter/Spring semester of Wonderful Wednesday. This a time for children to learn what, how and why we do what we do in a Presbyterian worship service. Children write a Call for Worship, Prayer of Confession, Assurance of Pardon, Prayer of Dedication, Prayer of the People, and Charge and Benediction. For the service we use their liturgy, they are the the worship leaders.

3rd graders meet with Mary Ludlow for Sacraments Class for six sessions prior to World Communion Sunday, which is the first Sunday in October. Their parents meet along with the children for three of the six classes. During this time, the children learn about their baptism, Jesus’ baptism, and the Lord’s Supper.

During the September Session meeting, children meet with Ruling Elders to share what they learned as well as their Faith Statement which is used during World Communion Sunday worship.This class is in keeping with the Book of Order:

5th graders meet once a month on Sunday for Faith for Fifth (F3) with Scott and Susan Tompkins. They meet at the church, in homes, or other locations for a time of exploring their faith, preparing for middle school, sharing a meal together, playing and praying.



Youth – Whether it’s Sunday School, Wonderful Wednesdays or the Sunday Night Youth Fellowship, the young people of our church have many opportunities to study, to serve, to have fellowship and to worship together. All are invited, and our youth are encouraged to invite their friends! Mid Highs are in 6th-8th grades. Senior Highs are in 9th-12th grades.

Senior High – Our Senior High Group will meet most Sunday nights for Youth Fellowship, aka “Youth Group.” Senior Highs will typically meet from 6-7:30 pm both in homes, off site and at the church for fellowship, dinner and service together. Wonderful Wednesdays are a great time to gather mid-week, from 6:15-7:15 pm in the Senior High room. Many topics will be explored, including being creative as a child of God, how we are faithful and wise with what we have, and reflecting on issues relevant to today’s youth. Our Senior High group participates in our Presbytery’s Senior High Retreat each spring, and in the summer, they have the opportunity to participate in the Montreat Youth Conferences and in various mission trip experiences.

Mid High – Our Mid High Group will typically meet at the church from 5-6:30 pm for games, program, fellowship and dinner. There will also be some Sundays when we meet off site for fellowship and service. During Wonderful Wednesdays, Mid Highs will meet from 6:15-7:15 pm in the Youth Center for games, fellowship and time to talk about how we live out our faith in everyday situations. They also participate in our Presbytery’s PYC Middle School Retreat each fall and in the summer we rotate various mission-oriented trips to give middle school students a variety of mission experiences.