Sunday Mornings

Adult Learning Communities

A variety of small group learning communities are available for adults on Sunday mornings. Many of these offer additional fellowship and service opportunities outside of Sunday morning. Guests are always welcome. Groups gather beginning at 9:45 a.m. and conclude at 10:45 a.m.

Fellowship Time: We serve Jittery Joe’s coffee each  Sunday morning beginning at 9:15 am. Adults may enjoy these in one of two places.
1) Coffee station on first floor, near the elevator.
2) The Community Gathering Area located on third floor at the top of the stairs.

Each small group class is listed below.

Students in Action

Age Range:  18-mid 20s

Demographic: College Students

Teacher: Emily Harbin

Format: Meet together sharing Lunch, fellowship, Bible study, and discussion. Also opportunities for involvement in the life of the church outside of Sunday mornings. Contact Emily Harbin for more information.

Families in Action

Families in Action Meets: Room 314

Age Range:  30s-mid 40s

Demographic: Young adults beginning families and careers

Teachers: Craig Ellis; Bill Hopper, and Chris Conley

Format: Combining Bible study and book topics and regular action in mission. The group comes together for fellowship, relationships, and support. Teachers rotate weekly.

Young Adult Community

Young Adult Community Meets: After Worship for lunch

Age Range:  20s

Demographic: Young adults single and married

Teacher/Hosts: Emily Harbin

Format: Bible study and topics utilizing media and group discussion. Group also meets most Tuesday evenings for fellowship, meals, and topical discussions. Contact Emily Harbin for more information.


Ten-Ten-Ten Meets: Room 313

Age Range:  Mid 40s-70s

Demographic:  Intergenerational

Teachers: Ches Smith, Jennifer Baxley, Connie Ivester

Format: Bible study designed for group discussion and input using Nurturing Faith materials. Teachers rotate weekly.


Meets: Room 316

Age Range:  50s-70s

Demographic: Adults married and single

Teachers: Larry Divers, Ray Noblet, Alan Reddish, Daniel Haygood, Menda Lambeth, Anne McDonald

Format: Bible study with connection and application to daily life using Formations material. Teachers rotate weekly.


Meets: Room 325

Age Range:  50s-70s

Demographic: Adults married and single

Teachers: Jon & Dana Ambrose, Bob Cain, Phil & Marcia Caskey, Al Henderson, Wayne Jordan, Mike Lacy, Nancy Moon

Format: Bible study providing creativity and variety in presentations and discussions using Nurturing Faith material. Teachers rotate weekly.


Meets: Room 321

Age Range:  20s-70s

Demographic: Intergenerational

Facilitators: Janice Hume, Dan & Mary Colley, Erica Spackman, Jason Williamson

Format: Various books , podcasts, blogs, and journal articles are used to fuel discussion on spiritual topics from diverse theological viewpoints. Facilitation rotates weekly.


Meets: Room 328

Age Range:  50s-70s

Demographic:  Adult Women

Teachers: Elizabeth Eidson, Sharon McArthur, Anne McDonald, June Robertson

Format: Bible study and class interaction using Formations materials. A caring fellowship of women with a committed mission-oriented focus. Teachers rotate weekly.


Meets: Room 160

Age Range:  60s and above

Demographic: Adults married and single

Teachers: Randan Ashmore, Sallyanne Barrow, Tony Dillard, Doug Martin, Helen and Milton Mills, Carl Monk, Don Nelson, Wayne Rogers

Format:  Sessions are focused on the weekly Sunday Lectionary Scriptures. Participants engage in discussion of scriptures in search of God’s message and application for daily living. Teachers rotate weekly.

Joe Callaway

Meets: Room 155

Age Range:  70s-80s

Demographic: Adults married and single

Teachers: Gary Blasingame, Ed & Nancy Dempsey, Jerry Gouge, Susan Greene, Jay Ragsdale

Format: Bible study and discussion exploring God’s message and building supportive relationship using Connections materials. Teachers rotate weekly.


Meets: Room 337

Age Range:  60s and above

Demographic: Adult Men

Teachers: Al Lee, John Marshall

Format: Bible study exploring the message of scripture with presentation and discussion using Formations materials. Teachers rotate weekly.

Young Adult Community

Sunday Bible study and discussion draws from various sources incorporating scripture and current tropics. 

Our group gathers on most Tuesdays. Weeks alternate between a Bible/book study and meeting for dinner at one of our local Athens spots, trivia, or even a home cooked meal. You may also contact Emily Harbin with your questions and for more information.

Summer Neighborhood Bible Studies

We offer SMALL GROUP Bible studies for adults in June and July. Led by members of the congregation, the groups typically meet for four sessions.  Watch FBC publications for details in May.

Summer 2021:

Our topic was This American Gospel, which has sessions based on the Ira Glass podcast This American Life. Watch this space for more information about the 2022 study in May..


Wednesday Evenings

Discipleship Opportunities

Adults have opportunities for Christian discipleship and Bible study on Wednesday evenings, August through April. The meeting time is from 6:30 – 7:00 pm. Bible study, book studies and special interests and topics are offered. Please see our current schedule for specific dates, locations, and topics.


Noon Bible Study

Bible Study is offered on Tuesdays at 12:00 noon from August through April. This group meets in Rm. 328.

Read the Bible Entirely in One Year

If you are interested in reading through the Bible during the next 12 months, a reading plan is available for you to use. This plan provides for a systematic way to read through the entire Bible by reading a few chapters each day. The plan is undated so that you can begin on any day, of any month you choose. You may download and print this copy for your reference. Hard copies are also available at church.

About the Plan

The Bible can be read in a year using different plans and approaches. This particular plan divides the scriptures into 7 basic and traditional sections:

Epistles   Law   History   Psalms   Poetry   Prophecy   Gospels

During the week you will read a selected passage from each of the 7 sections. This provides for a combination of the variety of the types of material in the Bible, and continuity of each of the books of the Bible as you read week after week.

How to Use This Plan

The chart is organized with one row for each week. The rows are number 1 – 52, representing the 52 weeks in a year. (See the column on the far left with the “Wk” heading). Each row contains a column for each day of the week. Each day contains a specified passage of the Bible to read. Beginning with week 1, read across the chart, Day 1-Day 7, then move down to the next row, Week 2, and read in the same manner. Each section has a small box to the left which can be used to place a check, helping you to keep track of your place in reading through the Bible.

Information about selecting a translation and version of the Bible is on the back.

Bible Versions: Translations and Paraphrases

Bibles are available in a variety of versions. Some versions are translations while others are paraphrases. Versions of the Bible that are translations are ones translated into English from the ancient Hebrew and Greek languages. Versions that are paraphrases use existing English translations of the Bible to produce a more modern and updated version. There are two types of translations, verbal and dynamic. Verbal ones make the attempt to reproduce the best English equivalent of the ancient word being translated. Dynamic ones seek to provide a translation of the ancient thoughts and ideas into modern English equivalents. Verbal translations seek to find the best match for the words of the ancient languages, and dynamic translations seek to find the best match for the contextual meaning behind the words of the ancient languages.
The choice of version is up to you. This brief description and list is provided to give you more information in making your selection.

Verbal Translations

King James Version (KJV)
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
New Jerusalem Bible (NJB)
New International Version (NIV)
New American Standard (NAS)

Dynamic Translations

New Living Translation (NLT)
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Revised English Bible (REB)


The Message
The Living Bible (LB)