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Second Presbyterian Church is a welcoming community of faith where Jesus Christ transforms lives through:

  • worship, as we praise and glorify God;
  • mission, as we embody God's love in service to the world;
  • discipleship, as we listen for God's Word;
  • giving, as we express gratitude to God;
  • fellowship, as we love and care for one another.

We invite you to explore the many opportunities to grow in faith at Second.

 

Sunday School Classes

Sunday School

There are many options for people of all ages to learn and grow their faith through one or more of our Sunday School Classes. Click here for weekday classes


Wednesdays@Second
Join us mid-week for a variety of classes and groups. 

Wednesday Night Opportunities

On Wednesday evenings, Second Presbyterian Church offers a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship, education and fun for all generations. You will find Men's and Women's studies, Financial Classes, Youth and Children's groups, and seasonal Biblical studies. These offerings vary throughout the year.

Labyrinth: During the cold winter days, we have an indoor labyrinth available for personal and group use each Wednesday, while in the warmer days, the outdoor labyrinth is always available on the northeast end of the property. More details.

Children: Child Care is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Please make reservations at least one week in advance. Click here.


Bible & Book Studies
Study and fellowship classes for all ages and genders.


What is the Great Banquet?

What is the Great Banquet?

To become familiar with the Great Banquet, let's look first at the history of its counterparts, the Cursillo and the Walk to Emmaus. The Cursillo (3-day course in Christianity) began in Spain in the 1940's in the Catholic Church. It spread to the United States and evolved for Protestants into the Walk to Emmaus under the auspices of the Upper Room and the United Methodist Church. An Emmaus Movement was started by the First Presbyterian Church in Madisonville, Kentucky in 1982. After a 10-year history of the Walk to Emmaus in Madisonville, the Great Banquet was formed. Governed by an ecumenical board of directors and using the "Cursillo model", but with a different image, the Great Banquet continues to emphasize personal Christian discipleship.

What is the purpose of the Great Banquet?

The focus of the Great Banquet is to know Jesus as Lord and Savior and to make Him known. The objective of the Great Banquet is to continue the 3-day weekend by serving Christ in local churches, homes and work places. To live a life of grace and to respond to higher levels of Christian discipleship becomes the purpose of the Great Banquet.

What is the image of the Great Banquet?

The Gospel of Luke presents the parable of the Great Banquet. Jesus tells of a master who prepared a great banquet and invited many guests, saying "Come, for everything is now ready." After so many excuses for not attending by his invited guests, the master became angry and ordered his servants: "Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame." After this had been done and room still remained, the master told his servants: "Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full." Then, as additional invitations were given, the banquet was presented to his guests. The result of the master's invitation was to feast and fellowship at a banquet given by God. (Luke 14:15-24) The parable above provides the picture for the Great Banquet. Like its counterparts, Cursillo, Walk to Emmaus and Tres Dias, this movement examines Christianity as a lifestyle.

The Great Banquet is an orderly, structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christians. Through a combined effort of laity and clergy, the Great Banquet focuses on the renewal of the church.

What happens at the Great Banquet?

The Great Banquet is a 72-hour experience, beginning on Thursday evening and ending Sunday evening. For three days, guests live and study together in a worshipful time of singing, prayer and discussion. During each of the fifteen talks given by laity and clergy, the theme of God's grace is presented. Guests participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and examine more fully the presence of Christ in His body of believers. They personally experience His grace through the prayers and acts of a loving, Christian support community.

What happens after the Great Banquet?

One of the most important parts of the Great Banquet is the follow-up. Although the weekend lasts only three days, guests are invited to use its lessons for the rest of their lives. After attending the Great Banquet, they are challenged to:

Strengthen their own spiritual life through study and active congregational participation.
Strive to become active disciples of Jesus Christ in the world through their church. To assist in this discipleship, the Great Banquet offers specific opportunities.
First, reunion groups meet weekly to examine their goals of spiritual growth and to encourage one another to a life of discipleship. Second, there will be opportunities to assist in future Great Banquet weekends through prayer, support and team involvement. Third, guests are made aware of community needs through a quarterly newsletter of Great Banquet activities, both local and regional.

Who should attend the Great Banquet?

This weekend experience is for anyone who:

  • Wishes to strengthen their own spiritual life;
  • Wants to have a better understanding of prayer, the sacraments, study and Christian action;
  • Strives to live a Christian life that bears fruit for God;
  • Seeks to know Jesus as Lord and Savior and to make Him known.

You are invited!

You're invited to be a guest at the Great Banquet given by God and to feast in His goodness and love.  Contact Rev. Jim Riley to learn more.


Small Groups
Get Connected by joining a group!

Small Groups

Transformation happens in small groups.  You can join a ChristCare group or one of the larger fellowship groups, such as Families in Christ or Covenant, who bring together individuals and couples sharing similar life stages.


ChristCare Small Groups

ChristCare Small Groups

What is a ChristCare Group?
A ChristCare Group is a gathering of 5 to 12 people who meet weekly or bi-weekly to focus on four activities:

  • mutual care and encouragement
  • prayer and worship
  • practical study that relates the Bible to everyday life
  • service or outreach to others

Who would benefit from participation in a ChristCare Group?
All those who desire to:

  • learn more about God
  • grow in their Christian faith
  • develop a closer fellowship with others
  • give and receive care during life’s ups and downs
  • pray and worship God in a small group environment
  • discover and develop their gifts and special talents
  • reach out to others in practical ways with the love of Jesus.

If you are interested in joining or forming a ChristCare group, please contact Rev. Jim Riley.


Young Adult Small Groups
Tuesday, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Young Adult Small Groups

Tuesday Night Study will focus on “Just Eating? Practicing Our Faith at the Table,” looking at how what we eat and the way we eat impacts ourselves, our world, our communion with others, and even our faith and relationship with God.

Contact: Alex Creager (ACreager@SecondChurch.org) or Rachel Vogado (RVogado@SecondChurch.org).

We welcome new members at the beginning of each week. 


Labyrinth

Labyrinth

Anyone can enjoy Second's labyrinth located off of the north parking lot.  The classic design provides an inspirational respite for community members.