Adults

Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, our goal is to provide the best opportunity for you. 

At Freemason Street, we understand adults want to explore, learn, and share at differing levels and stages of faith.

Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, our goal is to provide the best opportunity for you.Through classes, small groups, workshops, and retreats, we seek to nurture the spiritual development of our faith community, friends and friends-to-be by: (1) providing meaningful opportunities to learn, reflect and grow as persons in light of the life and teachings of Jesus; and (2) providing an intentional program of spiritual formation program that encourages building healthy relationships with God, one another, and our sense of self.  

Sunday Schedule

9:45 am | Sunday School 

11:00 am | Worship

Sunday Schedule

9:45 am | Sunday School 

11:00 am | Worship

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Sunday Mornings

Each Sunday morning at 9:45 am, adults gather for Sunday School from September through May. (During the summer months, Sunday School classes do not meet.)

This year, two Sunday morning options are available for this session for adults. All classes are intergenerational and offer the possibilities of connecting to ministry projects and friendship building outside of the class. One is guided by a curriculum based on Bible study and reflection; and one takes a creative approach through appreciation and practice of the arts and creative expression, as follows.

GET INVOLVED

Other Than Sundays

Small groups, short-term and long-term studies, retreats and prayer days offer expanded opportunities to develop relationships while growing deeper spiritually, as well as in the life of the mind. Learn more by contacting the church office

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SUNDAY SCHOOL

Lumpkin Class

The Lumpkin Class is a discussion-oriented class that studies the biblical passages guided by the Revised Common Lectionary scriptures that inform Sunday worship planning. The class uses the “Connections” curriculum from Smyth & Helwys.

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OTHER THAN SUNDAY

Retreats

Whether gathered for a special evening and Saturday time at Freemason Street or making extended time to get away from town, retreats offer time to discover God’s presence in silence and to join in conversation with God and friends in Christ.The natural beauty, peaceful atmosphere, and hospitality of retreat centers like Richmond Hill and Roslyn Retreat Center, both near Richmond, provide settings for day and overnight that provide a balance of silence, conversation, worship and prayer that make more meaningful living as a disciple in today’s world.

First Friday Day Retreats at Richmond Hill. Founded in 1987, Richmond Hill is an ecumenical Christian fellowship and residential community who serve as stewards of an urban retreat center within the setting of a historic monastery. The mission of the community is to seek God’s healing of Metropolitan Richmond through prayer, hospitality, racial reconciliation, and spiritual development. Also, Richmond Hill offers opportunities for individuals and small groups to come for a day, a night, or series of nights for retreat.

A good way to enter into what Richmond Hill has to offer is to join with the Christian Formation team for a First Friday Day Retreat. The day usually begins by carpool, leaving Norfolk around 7:00 a.m. and concludes with a return to the church by 5:30 p.m. Cost for the day is usually around $40, which includes lunch.

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STUDY GROUPS

Women's Study Group

Join with women of the church as they gather online for conversation, bible and book study, and prayer. Studies usually run for nine-sessions over nine-months. In 2021, the group studied Into the Light: Finding Hope in the Psalms of Lament, by Lynn Miller. Beginning in late March 2022, the group will study What My Grandmothers Taught Me: Learning from the Women in the Genealogy of Jesus. Study books are made available by the church, usually at a small fee or $10-15, and can be picked up before the first session. Our 2021 and 2022 bible study books are part of the Horizons series of the Presbyterian Women (USA).

Class leadership is shared with facilitators and teachers coming from the group. The Women’s Study Group meets on the fourth Mondays of the month, usually at 7:00 p.m. using Zoom.

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SUNDAY SCHOOL

Expressions Class

The Expressions Class is a Sunday morning group for those who experience and express their spirituality through the visual, musical, writing, and fabric arts.

The aim of the class will be to contribute to the Sunday morning worship experience. Participants will have the opportunity to nurture their spiritual growth through the meditation on scripture and then expressing their insights through the arts.

The “Expressions” group begins with a lectio divina examination of upcoming sermon texts with the aim of producing content that can be included as part of the worship experience. The team has produced original meditative pieces used as pre-roll video and artwork examining the sermon text that will be included in the electronic (live streaming) version of the worship service. Those interested in the fabric arts might create banners for the seasons of the Christian calendar.

While there is no formal curriculum for this group, participants will be guided by Makoto Fujimura’s Art + Faith.

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SHORT-TERM STUDIES

Pastor-Led Studies

During the year, our pastor offers short-term studies, often coinciding with holy seasons, like Lent, Easter, and Advent, as well as in the summer. Depending on the particular study, approach and study materials range from discipleship, ethics, in-depth biblical studies, prayer, and personal spirituality. Some studies are offered online, using video introductions for reflection and discussion starters. Recent studies have included: Rowan Williams’ Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life; Amy-Jill Levine’s Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi, and That You May Believe:  The Gospel of John, from the Kerygma Program.

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STUDY GROUPS

Men's Book Group

The Men’s Book Club meets monthly. Participants read for reflection and conversation one book for each meeting. The group reads quality fiction (Pulitzer Prize winners in some cases), biographies, autobiographies, history, current events, and whatever else may be of interest.

Examples of books read by the group in the recent past include: All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr), The Night Watchman (Elaine Erdrich), Where the Light Fell: A Memoir (Philip Yancey), You’re Not Listening (Kate Murphy), Being Mortal (Atul Gawande), The Sabbath (Abraham Joshua Heschel), Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Bryan Stephenson), Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens), Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe (Robert Matzen), and Educated (Tara Westover).

The Men’s Book Group meets on the third Mondays of the month, usually at 6:30 p.m. Attend in-person or connect using Zoom. Meetings typically last until about 8:00 pm and often include a light meal for those meeting in-person. Participants provide their own books.