Adult Education and Faith Formation

Sunday Morning Classes and Guest Speakers

Sundays, 10 a.m. | In Person and Online

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Westminster regularly hosted guest speakers and held educational classes in various spaces throughout the church. During the pandemic, we continued to host speakers on occasion, but exclusively in Westminster’s sanctuary, where in-person participants may spread out throughout our largest gathering space and online participants may enjoy the presentation via the livestream from anywhere. Westminster’s education and faith formation programs for adults continue to evolve as we emerge from the pandemic. For upcoming classes and speakers, check back for updates to our events calendar and subscribe to our e-newsletter. Recent speaker recordings can be found on YouTube.

Some of our nationally-known guest speakers have included Matthew Fox, author, theologian, and Episcopal priest; Gregory Boyle, Jesuit Priest, author, humanitarian, and founder of Homeboy Industries; Christian Wiman, author, poet, and speaker; Dr. M. A. Muqtedar Khan, associate professor at the University of Delaware; Adams Cassinga, CEO and Founder of ConservCongo; and U.S. Senator Tom Carper. Most recently, Dr. Nathan Stucky, Director of the Farminary Project at Princeton Seminary, spoke about Faith in an Exhausted World; Former Governor Jack Markell and Senator Sarah McBride discussed efforts to welcome Afghan refugees; Dr. James M. Ellison presented on Alzheimer’s disease and memory care; and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester spoke about voting rights in America.

Past class topics have included racial and social justice, climate change and alternative energy, parenting, theology and Christianity, Biblical studies and history, mission partnerships, global conflict, food and agriculture, stress management, relationships, retirement planning, mental illness, the opioid crisis, and much more.

Midweek Bible Studies

Wednesdays, 12 p.m. | Thursdays, 6 p.m. | Online

Westminster has two Bible Studies that meet weekly via Zoom. These studies are open to all and new faces are always welcome! The Midweek Manna Bible Study, facilitated by the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson, meets each Wednesday from 12 to 1 p.m. The Thursday Evening Bible Study, facilitated by Westminster members Mary Anne Peters and Randy Williamson, meets each Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m.

Thursday Evening Education Events

Thursdays, 7 p.m. | Online

Since July 2020, Westminster’s Peace & Justice Work Group has sponsored weekly education events via Zoom. Join us on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. for engaging and timely presentations and conversations. For more information, visit Work for Justice + Peace.

Seasonal Small Groups

Westminster offers occasional small group studies and discussion groups that meet for set periods of time – for instance, during the Season of Lent (the 40 days when the church prepares for Easter). Class sizes are limited to foster meaningful discussion; online signup is available when these groups are announced. Information about these events will be provided via our weekly e-newsletter. Be sure to subscribe!

Special Events

Periodically, we offer additional education opportunities as circumstances arise. Information about these events will be provided via our weekly e-newsletter. Be sure to subscribe!

Adult Groups

For Men

Men’s Fellowship Group
Saturdays, 9:00–10:30 a.m. | In Person

An open and informal gathering for men of all ages, discussions include a wide range of topics with Biblical relevance and group members share joys and concerns with others. Conversations explore real-world and deeply personal challenges to faith and spirituality. Open discussion is encouraged. All conversations are confidential. All men are welcome.

For Women

Women’s Online Community Group
2nd and 4th Thursdays, 5–6 p.m. | Online

Established as a way to foster deeper connections through sharing, prayer, guided fellowship, and heartfelt discussions, this group is open to women of all ages who wish to join.

For Singles

Flying Solo

A group of single adults meet to support each other in friendship, through social activities and fellowship. New participants are welcome! Outings have included Sunday brunch, Friday night dinner, visits to museums, theater shows, festivals, garden tours, in-home gatherings, and attending Westminster concerts and mission activities together.

For Readers

Book Talk – Monthly Book Discussion Group
1st Thursday, 10–11 a.m.

Do you enjoy reading and discussing books? Book Talk meets monthly, either on Zoom or in person, for discussion of a book suggested by any member of the group, usually alternating between fiction and nonfiction and a variety of topics. All are welcome!

For Young Adults (20s and 30s)

Brewing Questions

This is an opportunity for young adults (in their 20s and 30s) to gather monthly to discuss questions of faith or engage Scripture in a fun, informal environment.