White Memorial offers a number of opportunities for fellowship, support and Christian education for adults to enrich their faith journey.
Adult Faith Formation
Classes and Schedules
While our Sunday and midweek Faith Formation offerings will continue to be held on digital platforms this Winter and Spring, it’s important that we remember: the church is not a building. We are the church! And as the church—as God’s people who have been called into community through Jesus Christ—we are more alive and
active than ever!
We hope that you will take the time to look through this updated list of classes and small group studies and make the commitment now to join one in the coming months. This is a gift you can give yourself this year, and one that is sure to deepen and expand your connections with Christ, as well as with our White Memorial family of faith.
In addition to what is listed, please also take note of the upcoming special offerings we are very excited about!
Our 6-week PASTOR-LED BIBLE STUDY will return on Monday, January 11. This class will meet via Zoom on Mondays from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The topic will be Signs and Wonders: A Study in the Gospel of John. Registration is required in order to receive your Zoom link. Register here. (*There will be no class January 18.)
On Tuesday, March 2, we will begin a 4-week church-wide Bible study entitled Reclaiming Sabbath: Cultivating Rhythms and Routines of Rest as a part of our VISITING SCHOLAR PROGRAM. You won’t want to miss this incredible opportunity to learn from Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio from Candler School of Theology. This class will meet on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required in order to receive your Zoom link. Register here.
Lastly, you’ve asked for it, so we’re sticking with it! 9@9 Devotions will continue Monday-Friday at 9:00 a.m. via the White Memorial Facebook page. Start your day with a cup of coffee, a wonderfully supportive virtual community and a spiritual soundbite and prayer for the day. We’d love to have you join us.
CONTACT: Grier Richards.
Sunday Classes: Biblical Studies and Theology
Christian Fellowship | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | Zoom
This winter and spring, Christian Fellowship will be studying the Book of Luke. Participants will receive via email weekly lessons with the Scripture, commentary, and questions for understanding and application. The class will then meet Sunday via Zoom. Anyone not currently in the class is welcome to join. The Zoom sessions will be recorded so they can be viewed later as needed. Contact Bill Jackson with questions or to sign up.
Cover to Cover | 2:00-3:00 p.m. | Zoom | 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 10.
For more information about Cover to Cover, contact contact Jim Ferry.
Greatest Generation | 9:30-10:30 a.m.| Conference Call
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. New members are always welcome.
The class contact is Ramona Deener, 919-280-2492.
Searchers | 9:30-10:30 a.m.| Zoom
Searchers studies the Bible using a DVD-based curriculum and class discussion. The class is a mix of singles and couples and welcomes all. The class will be studying Christianity and World Religions by Adam Hamilton this semester.
Contacts are Betty Landes and Louise Eaglesfield.
Theological Forum | 9:30-10:30 a.m.| Zoom
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 and new members are always welcome.
For more information about the class contact Flo Durway or Kristen Beightol.
Sunday Classes: Age and Stage Studies
Parents of Youth
Parents of Youth is taking the semester off to support children and youth in Sunday School each week.
P.A.R.K. | Calvin 300
P.A.R.K. is taking the semester off to support children and youth in Sunday School each week.
Sunday Classes: Topical Studies
Faith Foundations | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | Zoom
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 A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World by Jonathan Lee Walton. New members are always welcome.
Class leaders are Susan
Knox Class | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | Zoom
The Knox class will provide opportunities for class members to better understand how our faith encourages us to work for racial justice as we seek to become more anti-racist. Topics such as systemic racism and white privilege will be explored through the use of articles and books, and guest speakers will be invited to lead conversations throughout the semester. 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 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.| Zoom
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 You Will Get Through This, Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times by Max Lucado.
The class contact is Emily McNair.
TNT | 9:30-10:30 a.m.| Zoom
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 use video clips to study a book of the Bible, outreach opportunities and other faithful topics. All are welcome.
The class contact is Linda Robinson.
Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study | 7:30 a.m. | Zoom (registration required)
Men of all ages are invited to Zoom and enjoy fellowship and Bible study. The preaching pastor of the week leads a short Bible study related to the upcoming Sunday sermon. Bible study, breakfast (bring your own) and prayer conclude around 8:00 a.m. each week.
Contact for the group is Don Thompson. Register here.
Women’s Breakfast & Study | 7:15 a.m. | First and Third Tuesdays* | Zoom
Women of all ages are invited to come for a hot breakfast, fellowship, study and prayer. This group studies the Presbyterian Women’s Bible lesson once a month and on other weeks they study a variety of topics. All participants are invited to stay as long as they like or to leave early for work or other commitments.
The group contacts are Susan Allen and Miriam Dorsey.
Aging Well | 1:00 p.m. | Tuesdays January (4 classes) | Zoom
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. The first class is January 5. All are welcome.
Liisa Ogburn, who has written over 150 articles on aging for WRAL, is the class facilitator.
20S@WMPC | 6 p.m. | Zoom
20s@wmpc is a social and study group for people in their 20s interested in exploring their faith and today’s culture. Discussions are based upon Scripture, articles, current events, podcasts, or books.
For more information contact Levi Bannerman.
Meaning as Millennials | 7:00 p.m. every other Wednesday | Zoom
Once monthly outdoor (socially distanced) gatherings on Saturdays
Find their calendar here.
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 Anne Galliher.
Lilies of the Field
This group of women of all ages studies the Bible and other Christian books. Participants grow in their understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Christ through supporting, encouraging, challenging and comforting one another. This class is studying You Will Get Through This, Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times by Max Lucado. Class discussions will be through e-mail. All are welcome.
Class leaders are Lillian Poole and Candy Lewis.
Thursday Morning Bible Study | 9:30-11 a.m. | Zoom
This small group focuses on biblically based topics through a discussion format. Various books and/or DVD courses are selected and used during the year. This semester, the class will be studying the Book of Romans using the Interpretation Bible Study by Art Ross and Martha Stevenson. New members welcome.