Pritchard Adult Bible Studies
Below are profiles of each of our Sunday School/Bible Study classes. We would like to invite you to get connected! We meet Sundays from 9:15-10:15 am on the 3rd floor of the Williams Building.
Please contact Kristen Tucker with any questions: email@example.com
Williams Room: 306
Co-Ed Male/Female Class; Singles/Widows & Couples; Ages: 25-45
Lecture/Discussion Format – Kristen Tucker
Description: We invite anyone, single or married, in college or in the professional world, to come alongside us to journey life TOGETHER! We all are at a fast moving pace so we focus on how to stay focused on God and HIS PURPOSE for our lives.
About the Teacher: Kristen began working at Pritchard in January 2015 as the Minister of Spiritual Development & Communications. Before ministry, Kristen worked at three different college campuses in Housing & Residence Life. She has a passion to teach, and to challenge discipleship!
Topics/Materials: Past studies have included: How to read AND APPLY scripture; Ed Young’s “No Fear, November”; Advent: What’s that about?; and in-depth biblical book studies (Genesis, Revelation, etc.)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT CLASS
Williams Room: 302
Co-Ed Male/Female Class; Singles/Widows & Couples welcomed; Ages: 30-90+
Facilitation/Discussion Format – Don Taft
Description: Class was created over 20 years ago with NO age or marital status restrictions. This class welcomed all Pritchard attendees that were not currently attending a Sunday School class. Besides Sunday school, “Food for Thought” has social during the year. They also provide meals to church members that may be homebound or need help. They love to pray for each other and support each other in any way.
About the Teacher: Don has taught over 40 years, and Pritchard affirms this is one of his spiritual gifts! Don loves to see the light come on when a particular scripture comes alive in a listener’s ear.
Topics/Materials: Six week studies on books of the Bible; Videos with PowerPoint from various noted authors: Rick Warren, Philip Yancey, Max Lucado, John Ortberg, Henry Blackaby
FREE SPIRITS CLASS
Williams Room: 304
All Female Class; Ages: 40-70
Facilitation/Discussion Format – Marion Harris
Description: Carolyn Free, the wife of Dixon Free who served at Pritchard as pastor, was the first teacher. Now as a solid group of women, this class gets together to study Gods word and discuss life!! Outside of Sunday school, Free Spirits is involved in lots of mission projects at the church, in the great city of Charlotte and foreign missions.
About the Teacher: Marion, since 2002, retired from teaching school. Marion has taught Sunday school in other areas before, and was asked to teach the “Free Spirits” class. She knows God led her to teach!
Topics/Materials: Adult Bible Studies for Life (traditional lessons)
Fletcher Room: 116
All Male Class; Ages: 40-80
Facilitation/Discussion Format – Don Royer, John Austin, David Fortenbery
Description: This class is a class for men to get together and talk about current events, trends and the world. They got their name by a member that said, “This group looks like a bunch of cowboys.” The name “Cowboys” just stuck from there on.
Topics/Materials: “The Wired Word” – discussion on today’s current events and relating it to Gods word and our response.
HAPPY HEARTS CLASS
Williams Room: 318
All Female; Ages: 40-90+
Facilitation/Discussion Format – Peggy Spence, Jim Seagraves
Description: This name was submitted and voted by our class members. Our very own Sue McLendon suggested the name, feeling we were a group of “happy hearts”. Besides Sunday school, the “Happy Hearts” class enjoys meeting outside of class to minister to the needs of the church and community. This can be anything from meals to transportation.
About the Teachers: Before teaching the “Happy Hearts” class, Peggy taught young girls in Goldsboro. In 1958 Peggy and her family moved to Charlotte and she was asked by John Fletcher to teach the High School seniors. Peggy has been so thankful for the opportunity to study scripture and teach. She will tell you how much she loves her class members and says, “What a blessing!”
Jim began teaching in 1951, after returning from the service. After joining Pritchard, he began teaching!
Topics/Materials: “Explore the Bible” by LifeWay Resources; In-Depth study of biblical books and subjects.
SEEKERS AND DOERS CLASS
Williams Room: 313
Co-Ed Male/Female Class; Singles/Widows & Couples; Ages: 50-60
Lecture/Discussion Format – Watt Smith, Virginia Wallace
Description: The “Seekers and Doers” class came up with this name because we are a group of mature Christians “seeking” to study the scriptures in order to apply them to our lives. We are also “active” Christians who seek to “Do” or “act” to use our varied talents in order to carry on the work of the church and minister to the community and the world around us. Many of our guys were active in the construction and remodeling our church facility. They are ready to fix things around the church, repair widow’s houses, and have built a dormitory for an orphanage in Honduras. Many of our women are active in mission work. All of our members serve in multiple areas of church work and/or community projects.
About the Teachers: Watt and Virginia share teaching responsibilities by rotating every other month. Both have taught in the church for some time, teaching in the youth and adult areas. Both feel called to teach and enjoy facilitating Bible study.
Topics/Materials: “Bible Studies for Life” by Lifeway Resources. We use Powerpoint, questioning and DVDs to facilitate instruction.
Williams Room: 314
All Female Class; Ages: 50-90+
Lecture/Discussion Format – Frances Knell, Edith Parker, Jo Boynton
Description: The Hope Class started as the “Seekers” taught by Betty Bacot. The “Seekers” class started out with young married ladies back in the 70’s. Later on the class changed its name to the “Hope” class. In addition to Sunday school, the Hope class gets together once a month for breakfast. They also do mission projects and have an annual Christmas party!
About the Teachers: Frances, Edith and Jo truly have a passion for teaching Gods word and live out their spiritual gift in teaching. Francis has taught over 12 years and loves Gods Word and desires to tell others all about His love and words!
Topics/Materials: “Explore the Bible” by LifeWay Resources.
THE HIS CLASS
Williams Room: 312
Co-Ed Male/Female Class; Singles/Widows & Couples; Ages: 60-90+
Facilitation/Discussion Format – Randy Duncan, Dr. Louis Campbell, Dr. Charles Porter, Marilyn Porter
Description: The HIS Class relates its name to each member believing that we have been called into a relationship with God. It is their mission to further His Kingdom by enlightening and serving others in His name. Our class is a very caring and supportive group that ministers and cares lovingly for one another. We are also involved in various ministries of the church such as volunteering at and supporting the Barringer Academic Center and Jackson Park Ministry. Many of the ladies in our class actively participate in WMU (Women on Mission) and the See and Sew group. We regularly participate in service projects within the community such as Crisis Assistance, and Hospitality House. We, as a class, are quite involved in missional activities both church-wide and within the community. Fellowship activities include seasonal social functions, lunch at “The Lodge”, and shared ministry efforts. We welcome all guests and visitors and would love to have you join our class!
About the Teachers: Randy has taught Adult Sunday school for over 12 years at Pritchard. Randy states, “Jim Hartman, ‘Coach’, was a wonderful teacher and a huge influence in my life. I teach because I love discovering spiritual truth in God’s Word and sharing them with my church family”.
Dr. Campbell has previously served both as a pastor and counselor. Additionally, he has taught in the public school system. He has over 22 years of experience in teaching Sunday school. Louis enjoys teaching the HIS class because “our Sunday school class is a wonderful class of loving people who care and reach out to others . . . and our class loves to laugh”. Louis has the gift of counseling individuals who have experienced loss and crisis. He is very much appreciated for his empathy in dealing with those who have suffered personal loss.
Dr. Porter has taught Sunday school for 10 years. He loves studying the Word of God and sharing it with others. He enjoys the preparation of lessons because this “allows me to stay in the Word and develop my spiritual depth.” Charlie started teaching Sunday school, not because he wanted to, but was asked. He is quick to tell you that the more he teaches, the more he loves and grows in the Word. “I enjoy the challenges that Bible study offers.”
Marilyn has taught Sunday school for five years. “I like to make a difference in people’s lives and believe that one of the best ways to do it is to promote their spiritual development.” She enjoys reading, studying, researching, and preparing lessons. “Preparing to teach Sunday school is one of the very best ways to educate oneself about the Bible . . . and I love reading and learning as much as I can about our triune God. It is very important to me that I continue to grow spiritually and develop my personal relationship with Christ.”
Topics/Materials: The HIS Class is structured for older adults—men and women, married and single, who have many life experiences to share. We meet for the purpose of prayer, fellowship, and the study of God’s Word. Class discussions are based on a topical Bible studies, utilizing the Lifeway/Bible Studies for Life curriculum. We utilize an integrated, interactive approach of lecture, discussion, PowerPoint presentations, DVD and serial videos. We also incorporate spiritual music into our time of study.
MAX MOYLE CLASS
Williams Room: 310
All Male Class; Ages: 70-90+
Lecture/Discussion Format – Paul Miner
Description: The name of the class, Max Mole, is in memory of our a former Sunday school teacher. This class uses God's Word as their foundation of study, and follows LifeWay Resources quarterly curriculum.
About the Teachers: Paul has been teaching at Pritchard for 38 years. Since he was saved, back in 1948, he has been using the talents he believes God has blessed him with. Paul was a soloist and song leader in evangelistic work with Youth For Christ from 1948-1962. From 1962-1970, Paul served as the music director for his home church in New Jersey, before moving to North Carolina in 1970.
Williams Room: 316
All Female Class; Ages: 80-90+
Facilitation/Discussion Format – Judy Miner
Description: Dorcas was a woman mentioned in Acts 9, who was always doing good and helping the poor. Maranatha is a praise that the Lord has come!
About the Teacher: Judy has taught the senior women for over 15 years. She loves to teach God's Word, with His guidance. Judy embraces the help her and those she teaches receive from God as the apply God's word to their daily lives.
Our congregation understands that a life lived in Christ does not end at any specific age. We are very proud of our active Senior Adult population. Many within this group have been life-long members of our church, and have helped establish a legacy of ministry, discipleship, and worship on which our congregation stands.
When it comes to getting the most out of life, age 60 is only the beginning. The Senior Adult Ministry at Pritchard is all about living life to its fullest through Bible Study, fellowship, missions, and service to others. Every Sunday you will find biblical teaching and fellowship, and you will be welcomed and challenged by leadership and friends. The ministry also has a variety of events throughout the year that further enable community and fellowship. Please contact Stan Heiser for questions and scheduled events!
Friendship Supper Club
- The Friendship Supper Club meets once a quarter in our Fellowship Hall. These events feature a delicious meal prepared by our Church Chef, followed by a special program shared by talented individuals from our community and from within our church.
- Whether it's day trips throughout the city or trips out of town, our senior adults love to get away and enjoy one another’s company. Each of our monthly trips requires an advance sign-up, so be on the lookout for announcements of our next adventure. Day trips include plays, historical sites, cruises on Lake Norman, overnight trips to the beach and mountains, and our annual week-long trip to Oak Island.
- Our Senior Adults also have opportunities throughout the year to volunteer to be a part of various mission efforts, in which our church takes part. We help by assisting with disaster relief through the NC Baptist Men, church-wide mission trips to Honduras, build houses with Habitat for Humanity, and have helped with home repairs of our members.
Service to Others
- We also offer our Senior Adults opportunities to volunteer by partnering with a local school to help tutor their students. Other services include working at Crisis Assistance Ministry, driving individuals to the doctors or the grocery store, sitting with the sick and homebound members, and visiting members of our congregation who are unable to get outside their home.
Sunago Singers Choir
- The Sunago Singers Choir offers a dynamic opportunity for Senior Adults to get involved in music, ministry and missions. Membership in the choir is open to adults 55 years old and older who are interested in being a part of a fun, loving and energetic family. This group leads in worship and also sings in assisted living centers throughout the greater Charlotte area. The Sunagos meet from September to May each year, and each October the group takes a yearly two-day trip to the NC Baptist Senior Adult Choir Festival.
We value everyone in our community, especially those who may have special needs. We have a class developed with these individuals in mind. The curriculum is specially developed to help individuals develop their Christian walk. In addition to Bible Study, a special worship service is held after their Bible Study time in the Williams Chapel.