At Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, we make every effort to provide our members and our community with interesting, thoughtful, and challenging courses. As we do so, we are always aware that these efforts are intended for more than intellectual fulfillment or personal enjoyment. It is part of the mission of MAPC–to bring people into the transforming presence of Jesus Christ through worship, teaching the Word, Christian nurture, and ministry in and to the world.
Our small groups meet regularly for joint study and fellowship, and all of these groups welcome new participants at any time. Please check the MAPC calendar to confirm meeting dates and times, and to RSVP if required.
Reading Through the Bible with the Pastoral Staff
Wednesdays at 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Reading the Bible is a basic Christian discipline, but it can be very challenging to approach Scriptures on our own. Join fellow MAPC members on a journey through the Bible. We continue this January with the book of Genesis. Bring your lunch and come to the 5th Floor of the Church House on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm, where a member of the Pastoral staff will lead a lively and informative discussion.
Men’s Bible Study
1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7 pm
A new men’s Bible study and fellowship group began meeting on Wednesday evenings starting this fall, reading through the gospel of Mark. Join this vibrant conversation, led by Dr. Anderson, as we meet in the Phillips Lounge on the first and third Wednesday evenings of the month!
Monday Night Women’s Bible Study
2nd and 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm
This lay-led Bible study always welcomes new members, and drop-ins are welcome!
20s/30s Bible Study
2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
This small group for young adults in our congregation is a great place for study and fellowship. A simple pizza and wine dinner is available for $5. Please check the calendar to confirm meeting dates, and RSVP at least one day in advance by contacting Ellen Klein at email@example.com or 212-288-8920.
SUNDAY CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
At 10:10 am on Sunday Mornings
Glory Be: A Tale of Two Zambian-Trained Missionaries
January 26, February 2 & 16
The Rev. Andrew and Claire Ruth
The average Christian today is not a middle-age, white, urban professional man in the Southern United States or Italy, but a poor, slum dwelling, dark skinned, non-English speaking, young woman in an underdeveloped country south of the equator.
Claire and Andrew Ruth, our Global Ministry Fellow, wanted to learn from her. Why is the church growing so rapidly in Africa and Asia? Why are people choosing to follow Jesus, even when their family, friends, and community ostracize them? What can she teach us about being “blessed?” What are American Christianity’s blind spots and shortcomings? What can the American Church learn from our international brothers and sisters?
The Ruths believe it is time for some African and Asian trained missionaries to leaven the American dough. So they lived in Zambia for a year before traveling through 12 countries in 12 weeks to ask and learn.
Come and hear what Andrew and Claire learned from these extraordinary, “average” Christians–but be ready to change your life to imitate them as they imitate Christ.
Immigration Ministry Team Presentation
Guest Speaker: Mr. Ryan Smith, Presbyterian Representative to the United Nations
Praying with Scripture
March 2 & 9
The Rev. Beverly A. Bartlett
On these two Sundays we will practice two different, centuries-old ways of meditating with scripture: Ignatian and Lectio Divina. Both of these practices approach scripture in a formational rather than informational way–helping us to listen for what God is saying to us by engaging scripture through prayer and contemplation.
Immigration Ministry Team Presentation
The Image of God in us: Studies on Man, Mind and Morals
March 23, 30 & April 6
Mr. Udo Middelmann
A study of the imago Dei with benefits of supporting insights from theology, psychology and neuroscience.
SPECIAL LENTEN SERIES
God’s Good News!
Romans: A Primer for the Christian Faith
The Rev. Dr. Fred R. Anderson
Wednesdays at 7:30 pm, March 12 – April 9
It has been called “the most commanding exposition of the gospel of salvation by grace through faith, ever written.” It is Paul’s systematic theology, written to a church he did not found, but planned to visit. Romans has been a catalyst for reform and renewal of Christian faith for two thousand years, and continues to be so. Join us in this five-week exploration of Paul’s confession of faith. It will strengthen your own. Make this a part of your Lenten Discipline.
This class will meet weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall from March 12 through April 9. During this series, the 20s/30s and the Men’s Bible studies will be a part of this class. Coffee, tea and soft drinks will be served starting at 6:30 pm, and participants are welcome to bring a brown bag dinner if they wish.
As part of MAPC’s mission, all of our Educational Ministries are offered to visitors and members without charge. Join us for these opportunities for enrichment, fellowship, and growth in Christian faith. For information, contact Millie A. Tourtelot, Director of Christian Education & Discipleship, at 212-288-8920 x8478 or firstname.lastname@example.org.