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Discipleship Groups

First Presbyterian Church - Various Rooms
6:30 PM

Our Discipleship Groups (D Groups) meet during the school year throughout the church building. Simply put, D Groups are our church’s small group ministry, providing multi-generational discussion on Scripture, helpful books, or other relevant studies applicable to the Christian life. We cultivate a safe, intentionally small environment to help foster connection, develop friendships, and growth in grace.

We know that many people walk into this big church and feel lost. These groups provide a way to get to grow deeper in your faith, to know, and to be known.

To register for a D Group, please email If you are new to D Groups, we’ll find a spot for you that will encourage and challenge you!



First Presbyterian Church - Various Rooms
6:30 PM

Each quarter, we will offer different teaching “electives.” In reality, many of these have been happening on Wednesday nights without this designation for a long time. These Electives include topics from “depression” to “pre-marital counseling” to “parenting” and many others. Our electives will provide high quality biblical teaching on very practical and helpful subjects for all of us.

The following are descriptions of each of the electives offered for the Fall 2019 semester as well as contact information for each:


First Pres Forum // 3rd Quarter

Gosepl Conversations
January 15 - March 4
Led by Ed & Emily Hartman
Miller Hall

In this time we come together to be nurtured by Scripture and prayer in order to know the God Who is and go forth in love and service. Come join us as we explore and discuss the depths of our ancient faith, consider and tackle the questions that Christian faith poses, and prepare to give an answer for the hope that is within us. Open to all, each quarter we will explore new topics in the realm of theology and the Scriptures, from, for example, the foundational doctrine of God to the immediately relevant topic of gender, always with teaching and discussion.  
This year we’ve been studying what it means to be on Mission together. Maybe you’ve bought in, and you’re still wondering what that looks like in relationship with neighbors, friends, family and co-workers. You want to point them to Jesus but you don’t know how.  In this forum, we’ll learn and practice tools to equip us for more fluent gospel conversations.

First Pres Forum // 4th Quarter 

The Christian and Technology
March 18 - April 29
Led by John Fesko
Miller Hall

We live our lives and use technology on a daily basis, but in what ways is technology shaping and changing us? Are we unknowingly being conformed to the patterns of this world rather than being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:1-2)? This series encourages us to take a careful look at the way that we use technology to ensure that we do so deliberately, thoughtfully, and carefully. Each week we will consider a different technology, including: screens, social media, cars, the book, virtual reality, and the internet. 
Dr. Fesko has taught at RTS Atlanta since 2000 while he served as a pastor in Northwest Atlanta and now as Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at RTS Jackson.

Changes & Challenges // 3rd Quarter

Building Your Family When Everyone’s an Adult
January 15 - March 3
Led by Guy & Denise Richardson
WH 204A

Ready or not – life is transitioning! All those great skills you learned to juggle multiple schedules while all your children lived at home have slowly changed. It’s all so different now. Parenting has moved from when everyone was (mostly) under one roof to often being scattered—with lots of texts and FaceTime replacing the breakfast table. Parents who supported you now need your support. New family members have been added through marriage and grandchildren, sometimes creating interesting dynamics around how to enfold them into your family system.

All of these changes, as good as they often are, can also have an impact on your own marriage relationship. This, too, can cause some surprising new stresses. We propose to tackle the challenge of these changes by some honest conversation and by offering help to tweak old skills, and perhaps a little help to acquire a few new ones too. Join Guy and Denise Richardson for a 7-session look at these transitions and helpful ways to thrive, not just survive, in the midst of these changes.


Chinese Bible Study // 3rd & 4th Quarters

led by Leo Yen
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Email Leo Yen for more info.


Dinner & Discussion // 1st & 2nd Quarters

August 21 - November 20
Led by Kevin Vollema
WH 204A
5:15 - 6:15

College students, join us for a relaxed time of fellowship as we share our Midweek meal together. During our time together, we will practice thoughtful, gospel-centered engagement with culture-shaping topics and events in the news. College students get their meal free when they join us for this discussion.


Engaged & Newlywed Elective // 3rd Quarter

January 15 - March 4
WH 204A

This study is intended for engaged couples trying to navigate all that is ahead and newly married couples who have likely already experienced both the joy and the sorrow of marriage. Topics will be those that are often included in premarital counseling (conflict, communication, intimacy, money, in-laws, etc.) and will be taught by a handful of gifted people, including pastors, counselors, and other professionals.

Evangelism Group // 3rd & 4th Quarters

January 15 - April 29
WH 202A / Methodist Rehab

Go into your neighborhood and talk to people about Jesus. (Mark 16:15 Paraphrase) Each week a nurse preselects rooms for a visit of scriptural encouragement, prayer, and an opportunity to share the gospel. During an eight-week period, veteran trainers, each with 20-plus years of experience, will walk with you step-by-step as you learn scripture and a simple means for sharing the gospel. The blessing and encouragement is ours! January 15 - February 5, this group will meet at First Presbyterian Church in WH 202B and then will meet at Methodist Rehab for eight weeks following. Contact Al Chestnut at (601) 316-1577 or, David Bowling at (601) 856-7749 or, or Glen Bush at (601) 842-6258 or


Midtown Bible Study // 3rd & 4th Quarters

Led by Wiley Lowry

This small-group Bible study meets weekly with the residents of Jackson Manor Apartment Building. Contact Wiley Lowry at for more details.


Women's Bible Study // 3rd & 4th Quarters

1 Samuel: The Lord Will Reign Forever and Forever
January 15 - April 29
Led by Allie Elkin and Beverly Harmon
WH 204B

The book of 1 Samuel is an ancient book, with people we’ll never meet in places we’ve never been. So why study it? This is part of the history of God with His people which we continue today. The geography, the year, and the culture have changed, but our God who sovereignly governs all creatures, nations, places, and events has not. And so as we read of His intervention, His answers to prayers, His usage of the day-to-day life of ordinary people to build His kingdom, we learn of Him. We learn of His character, His loving kindness, His provision, His discipline, and His protection of His people which never fails. Our study of these foreign, faraway people and places is a study of our God, or His care for us, of His never-changing character.
If you’re a woman who feels like you don’t have time to study the Bible in a deep and meaningful way, this is the study for you. It meets on Wednesday evenings, beginning January 15, from 6:30-7:30 in WH 204B.
To register, email Lisa Oswalt at Or, you may call the Women’s Ministry Department at 601-973-9115.