Adult Programs

Cherry Hill offers a variety of programs for adults.

                              SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY                                                                          11:45 a.m. – Room 222                                                                                        The Hard Sayings of Jesus

Have you ever wondered why Jesus said some of the things he did?  Like, “if someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn your left cheek to him also.” or, “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away, for it is better to lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.” (Matthew 5:29) Or, my personal favorite, “if anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34).  For centuries the things Jesus said, and asked of his disciples, has challenged and perplexed untold generations of Christians. In an attempt to shed light and understand these “hard sayings,” the biblical scholar  F.F. Bruce has written a book  entitled appropriately enough “The Hard Sayings of Jesus.” F.F. Bruce was Rylands Professor of biblical criticism and exegesis at the University of Manchester in England, and is the author of numerous books and commentaries. A member of the class has made available at no cost six copies of “The Hard Sayings” in a first come first served basis, or you may order your own on Amazon. Class will begin on September 16 and conclude on December 23rd. If you have ever wondered about some of the things Jesus said, his seemingly harsh sounding demands, you are invited to join us in Room 222 from 11:45-12:30 on Sunday mornings.

                                 MONDAY NIGHT STUDY GROUP                                                                                7:00 p.m. – Chapel Parlor

                              CHRISTIANITY & WORLD RELIGIONS                                                             Beginning Monday, September 17 

This fall, the Monday Night Study Group will engage in a video-based small-group study and outreach program that explores four major world religions- Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism – and compares the beliefs of each with those of Christianity. This six-week study deals openly and honestly with questions people ask about other religions, including why we should believe the claims of Christianity over those of other faiths. To guide our discussions, the group will use the book, “Christianity & World Religions – Wrestling With Questions People Ask” by Adam Hamilton.  As part of the study, author and presenter Adam Hamilton interviews a religious leader from each tradition. He treats the world religions with great respect, recognizing the unique contributions of each. In addition to the book and video presentations we will welcome a member of each faith the following week to share with us their faith and practice.

In examining these major world religions and the beliefs of their followers, the Reverend Hamilton urges us as Christians to build bridges with others so that we might grow in our faith, seek peace in our world, love our neighbor, and find positive ways to share the gospel.

            This study will begin on Monday, September 17 at 7:0 pm in the parlor. Copies of the book are available at $9.00 per copy. The schedule for September is:

Monday, September 17          Introduction & Overview

Monday, September 24          Buddhism

Monday, October 1                 Brian Stone, Guest Speaker

For more information on the class or for a copy of the book, please see Rev. Mark Phillips.


                                             PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN 

There are two women’s bible study circles, Pikeville Circle – which meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. at Henry Ford Village and also Peace Circle – which meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Both circles are using the Presbyterian Women Horizons study for 2017-2018: Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Heaven by Melissa Bane Sevier. In nine lessons, Ms. Sevier invites us to explore major themes found in Hebrews, relate these themes to other parts of our faith tradition, and tie them together with the overarching motif of community. The community for which the letter, or homily, was written interacts, in a sense, with all communities of which we are a part, as we bring these groups with us wherever we go. This ever-present “great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) strengthens and encourages us as we “run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12: 1b-2).

See Elaine Filiak or Mary Boudreau and join us at one of our monthly Circle meetings.