Sunday School Classes
Central Presbyterian has six adult Sunday school classes, which meet at 9:30 on Sunday mornings. For assistance deciding which ones to try, contact Reverend Noelle Read.
Sunday school is 9:30 - 10:15 AM
Men & Women's Groups
Groups Meeting Monthly:
Esther Circle **NEW**
Groups Meeting Weekly:
Women's Study Group
Men's Bible Study
Grief Support Group
1st Monday (unless holiday, then 2nd)
2 Mondays a month (check Calendar for dates and times)
The Centralities are our group of 60+ older adults. They meet for lunch and a program several times a year, as well as making periodic trips to plays, musicals, and places of interest.
For more information, please contact Reverend Noelle Read.
Our Prayer Shawl Ministry is an extension of the same ministry established in 1998 by Janet Bristow and Victoria A. Cole-Galo, graduates of the Women's Leadership Institute at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut.
Much like these knitted and crocheted mantles grow one stitch at a time, this spiritual practice has organically grown and spread throughout the community. As the yarn passes through our hands, we pray for the recipient of each piece, whether the person is known to us or not. Our spiritual lives deepen from our meditations as we create the shawls, and we continue to forge new connections in our prayer and process of giving prayer shawls.
Prayer shawls are given for comfort or celebration; to mark life changes; and in love and friendship. They symbolize loving hugs, being surrounded by prayer, and the shelter of God's care. Patterns and colors are not chosen just for beauty, but often because of their particular symbolic meanings. To learn more, explore the official website of this outreach.
Prayer shawl meets twice a month on the first Thursday at 10 AM, and the third Thursday at 5:30 PM.
All ages are welcome!
The Grief Group at Central meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Parlor. The group is open to anyone who has experienced loss, death, and grief in life. We welcome church members, as well as those within our community, so please share this opportunity with your family members and friends beyond Central.
Companioning is about being present to another person's pain; it is not about taking away the pain.
Companioning is about going to the wilderness of the soul with another human being; it is not about thinking you are responsible for finding the way out.
Companioning is about honoring the spirit; it is not about focusing on the intellect.
Companioning is about listening with the heart; it is not about analyzing with the head.
Companioning is about bearing witness to the struggles of others; it is not about judging or directing these struggles.
Companioning is about walking alongside; it is not about leading or being led.
Companioning is about discovering the gifts of sacred silence; it is not about filling up every moment with words.
Companioning is about being still; it is not about frantic movement forward.
Companioning is about respecting disorder and confusion; it is not about imposing order and logic.
Companioning is about learning from others; it is not about teaching them.
Companioning is about compassionate curiosity; it is not about expertise.
In summary, companioning is the art of bringing comfort to another by becoming familiar with his/her story (experience and needs). To companion the grieving person, therefore, is to break bread literally or figuratively, as well as listen to the story of the other. Of course this may well involve tears and sorrow and tends to involve a give and take of story: I tell you my story and you tell me yours. It is a sharing in a deep and profound way.
If you have questions about the Grief Group, please contact Reverend Noelle Read.