White Memorial offers a number of opportunities for fellowship, support and Christian education for adults to enrich their faith journey.
Adult Faith Formation
2020 Classes and Schedules
A word of invitation... As a new decade begins, now is a great time to make a commitment to one of these groups that will support and encourage you to grow in faith. In the listings that follow you will see a variety of groups that you are invited to try. Read through the list, choose a group, attend several times and see if it is the group for you. Investing in your life of faith is worth your time and energy and may change your life for the better. If you have questions, please reach out to the class contact.
Contact: Grier Richards.
Sunday Classes: Biblical Studies and Theology
Christian Fellowship | Calvin 200
The class will study Jesus, the Long-Awaited Messiah, as told in the Gospel of Matthew. Bill Jackson, the teacher, uses lectures, with handouts of scripture and commentary. Visitors are always welcome. The class contact is Carol Vassey.
Cover to Cover | Calvin 203 | Monthly
This Bible study is designed to read the entire Bible in one calendar year. New members are welcome every month of the year. The class is oriented around the calendar year and the first class will meet January 5 For more information about Cover to Cover, contact Jim Ferry.
Greatest Generation | Witherspoon 400
Greatest Generation is a loving and faithful community of senior adults. The class uses the quarterly resource, The Present Word, which explores biblical text. A rotating group of class members moderate the class each week. The class contact is Ramona Deener, 919-280-2492.
Searchers | Calvin 204
The Searchers Class studies the Bible using a DVD-based curriculum and class discussion. The class is a mix of singles and couples. The class will study Simon Peter by Adam Hamilton this semester. On the third Sunday of each month the class will attend the Aging Well series, which will meet in the Chapel. Contacts are Betty Landes and Louise Eaglesfield.
Theological Forum | Knox 302
Relating scripture to current issues is the heart of this class and is intended to help participants gain a better understanding of their own views on faith. Come and enjoy the fellowship that comes with these thought-provoking discussions and learn a little bit more about yourself. Drop-ins are always welcome. For more information about the class contact Flo Durway or Kristen Beightol.
Sunday Classes: Age and Stage Studies
Aging Well | Small Dining | 3rd Sundays
Aging Well provides a forum where participants can approach some of the most pressing questions which arise as we age. While for many, aging may reflexively signify fears of loss or the unknown, here in community at White Memorial, there is space to discuss both our joys and our concerns, sorrows and unanticipated growth. Experts like psychologists, physicians, pastors and laypeople will share what they have learned about the aging process. This is a drop-in class. Liisa Ogburn, who has written over 150 articles on aging for WRAL, is the class facilitator.
Parents of Youth | Calvin 302
This is a group of parents of any age youth who come together to support each other. Through group discussion with rotating leadership the group searches for answers to parenting questions through the lens of faith. Drop-ins are welcome. Class contacts are and Cliff Britt.
P.A.R.K. | Calvin 300
Presbyterians Actively Raising Kids is a discussion group for parents of children 5th grade and younger. The study topics vary each week. The conversations focus on strengthening the faith of parents and offering practical advice on helping children grow in faith. The class leader is Anna Townsend.
Sunday Classes: Topical Studies
Faith Foundations | Knox 301
Faith Foundations focuses on growing in faith by studying the Bible and discussing current events. The class enjoys examining new concepts, pondering unresolved questions and marveling at the ultimate mystery of God. This semester the class will study Christianity’s Family Tree by Adam Hamilton and Painting the Stars from Living the Questions. Class leaders are Susan
Knox Class | Knox 300
The Knox Class will study Interrupting Silence – God’s Command to Speak Out by Walter Bruggemann and Chosen? Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli- Palestinian Conflict by Walter Bruggemann. The Knox Class welcomes all, whether you like to join in discussion or just prefer to listen. The class contact is Harriet Worley.
Spiritual Gifts | Calvin 303
The Spiritual Gifts class discusses topics with an emphasis on the New Testament, in addition to reading other books about faith. This is a small class with a relaxed atmosphere and is open to new participants of any age. This semester the class will be studying the Gospel of Luke using the Mickey Efird DVD series. The class contact is Emily McNair.
TNT | Calvin 304
Join this group of loving, open and faithful individuals focused on study, as well as service and outreach opportunities. The class style usually involves group discussion through shared leadership. The class will study Death and Resurrection by Rachel Held Evans, using the online series The Work of the People. In the spring the class will host a special series called Living and Dying with Grace. All are welcome. The class contact is Linda Robinson.
Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study | 7 a.m. | Main Hall
Men of all ages are invited to come for a hot breakfast, fellowship and Bible study. The preaching pastor of the week leads a short Bible study related to the upcoming Sunday sermon. Bible study, breakfast and prayer conclude promptly at 8:00 a.m. each week. Contact for the group is Don Thompson.
Women’s Breakfast & Study | 7 a.m. | Small Dining
Women of all ages are invited to come for a hot breakfast, fellowship, study
GodTalk | 9:30-11 a.m. | Calvin 200
GodTalk is a women’s study led by Grier Richards. This spring GodTalk will be discussing Inspired by Rachel Held Evans. The class contact is Angie Faulk.
Bible Belles | Wednesday mornings (except the 1st Wednesday of each month) | 9:30 a.m. | A member’s home
Bible Belles is a reading and discussion group comprised primarily of senior adult women. The group meets each Wednesday during the Sunday School year except the 1st Wednesday of each month. New members are welcome. For more information, contact Gail Smith.
Meaning as Millennials: Faithful conversations about Christianity and Culture | 7-8:30 p.m. | Monthly | Offsite
Meaning as Millennials is a social and study group for people in their late 20s to late 30s interested in exploring their faith and today’s culture. Discussions are based upon Scripture, articles, current events, podcasts, or books. For more information contact Grier Richards.
* Childcare available for Wednesday evening classes with registration.
Lilies of the Field | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | Calvin 301
Lilies of the Field is a group of women of all ages who meet weekly and study the Bible. Participants grow in their understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Christ through supporting, encouraging, challenging and comforting one another. The group is studying the book of James this year. All are welcome. Register online for childcare. Class leaders are Lillian Poole and Candy Lewis.
Thursday Morning Bible Study | 9:30-11 a.m. | Witherspoon 400
This small co-ed group focuses on