Ministry Activities

The Ministry of Adult Spiritual Growth: Classes and Groups for Winter 2023

For the Winter of 2023, the Ministry of Adult Spiritual Growth is pleased to announce the following classes.

We have tried to balance our offerings of classes in a variety of areas of Spiritual Growth:

  • Learning about contemporary approaches to scriptures
  • Growing in our ability to follow Jesus
  • Strengthening community among class participants
  • Demonstrating Christian social witness in our modern world

We hope these classes will help people connect with each other, building our community of faith.

About Sunday Morning Class times:        

Please note that the starting time for Sunday morning classes is 9:15 AM. This gives us time to complete our classes comfortably and allows people who need to be elsewhere at 10:30 AM to arrive on time.         


Study of the Book of Luke

Facilitators: Kathryn Eloff and Tom Zych

Dates and Times: Sundays, January 8 through February 19, 2023, 9:15-10:15 AM

Format: Hybrid (both in person at church and on Zoom)

Resource Text: We will use the book about the Gospel of Luke, “Good News for All,” from the Kerygma series as a common reading to begin the discussion. In addition, each week, the facilitators will send an email containing reflections and suggested readings from the Bible and other sources.

Class Description: This class continues our long tradition of Sunday morning Bible study. Luke’s Gospel is uniquely inclusive, involving all people. Good News is for the outcast and the establishment, for the religious and those searching. Luke speaks to women, to men, to the strong and healthy, to the weak and dispossessed. Its relevance today inspires faith, spirituality, and action.

To sign up, click here: https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/3a3065.

Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living

Facilitators: Ann Williams

Dates and Time: Sundays, January 8 through February 19, 2025, 9:15-10:15 AM.

Format: Meeting by Zoom only, to include people who live outside northeast Ohio.

Resource Texts: “Make Peace” from the Follow Me series, and your own Bible

Class Description: The Follow Me classes are designed to help us to follow practices that Jesus taught for spiritual growth. As we learn about each practice, we will have ample opportunity to share our experiences, encourage each other, and build community.

To sign up, click here: https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/3a3065.

The Gospel of Matthew

Facilitator: Ron Zimmerman

Dates and Times: January 8 through April 2, 9:15-10:15 AM

Format: On Zoom

Resource Text: Your own Bible and Gospel of Matthew: God With Us by Matt Woodley, part of the Resonate series from InterVarsity Press. Though the book is out of print, it is available as an ebook through Amazon and InterVarsity Press(https://www.ivpress.com/the-gospel-of-matthew-ebook).

Class Description: Using the Bible plus the easy-to-read commentary, Gospel of Matthew: God with Us by Matt Woodley, the class will journey through the Gospel, exploring a thematic study on kingdom building (developing a beloved community) with the intent to listen for God’s voice in how to live out an active faith in real-time. 

To sign up, click here: https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/3a3065.

Praying with others through the Challenges of Life

Facilitator: Leslie Clement

Dates and Times: Friday afternoons, 5:30-7:00 PM, January 6- February 10, 2023.

Format: IN person at church

Class Description: Do you long to deepen your prayer life in company with others who have the same longing? Leslie will be sharing a five-part series written by faculty, program directors, and leaders from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary community.

To sign up, click here: https://fhc.breezechms.com/form/74fa0d190.

Racial Equity Book Club

Facilitator: Quentin Smith

Dates and Times: January 11 and January 28, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Format: On Zoom

Class Description: Please join us on January 7 & Jan. 28 (10:30 a.m. to noon via zoom ) when we discuss the New York Times best-seller historical novel Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi. Ms. Gyasi was born in the African nation of Ghana but raised in America. Consequently, she views Africa and America through unique eyes.

To request the ZOOM link, please email: racialequitybuddies@fhcpresb.org.

About Books for Classes

Many of the books used in the following classes are widely available through local public libraries and major online booksellers. Most are also available in audio format. Inexpensive, used copies can be purchased through used booksellers like AbeBooks.com, Biblio.com, or ThriftBooks.com. Books for the Follow Me and Kerygma classes will be purchased by the Ministry of Adult Spiritual Growth. If you are able, please donate $8 per book to Forest Hill Church, specifying that it is for books for a class. But if this expense would be difficult for you, please consider the book to be our gift to you.