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Small Groups. Events. Classes. Workshops.

Learn and Grow. Share conversation. Be part of a community.

Second offers small groups, classes, and events for adults of all ages and stages of life. No matter where you are on your faith journey, you’re welcome here.

 


Upcoming Events & More


Sundays at Second. 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Come to meet new people and grow in your faith. Stop by to find the group that’s right for you — classes and groups are open to everyone, including visitors!

Sunday Speaker Series

Meets in the Witherspoon Room (1st Floor)

Questioning the Bible–and Discovering Answers
August 26, September 2, September 9 at
Who wrote the Bible? Why are some of the sentences in red? Did David write any of the psalms? Join us as we explore questions about the Bible, how it came into being, and why it matters today. BYOQ (bring your own question) or come to hear others’. Led by Bill Tammeus.

Part 1: Embodiment – Submission, Emotion and Spirituality
September 16
Come be a part of a conversation from a clinical social worker, mental health clinician, and yoga teacher about how God often speaks to us in our bodies and emotions.

Part 2: Embodiment – Submission, Emotion and Spirituality
Sunday, September 23
Come to learn how faith can be cultivated physically, personally and
emotionally. Join us as we talk about balancing our American need for control and cognitive prowess with the need to “let go” and submit to God’s love, especially in our bodies.

Part 3: Embodiment – Love, Sex and Aging: Understanding Relational Needs as we Age
September 30
Join us for an educationally-packed session on how our emotional, romantic, and sexual needs change as we age. Come debunk myths about sexuality and aging. Learn how to live longer and more fully in a body made for relationship.

Spirituality and the Body in Contemporary Art: 1980s to the Present
October 7, 14, 21
Dr. Leesa Fanning will discuss definitions of the spiritual and the important role of the body in contemporary art. Come to learn about how spirituality and the body are used by contemporary artists.
Dr. Leesa Fanning is an independent curator of contemporary art. She is former curator of contemporary art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum and is author of the book, Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art.

Second Thoughts Gathering

Meets in Meeting Room A (1st floor)

Join us each week as we “talk back” to previous sermons and anticipate this week’s.

Covenant Class

Meets in the Library (1st floor)

Join us for bible study and conversation, as we explore different topics and themes in the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament.

The Beatitudes for Today: Making Sense of Jesus’ Most Famous Sermon
Sundays, August 5 – October 21, in the Library (First Floor)
Blessed are the meek, the poor in spirit, those who mourn… this doesn’t sound like the world we live in. Join the Covenant Class as we explore the beginning of Jesus’ most famous sermon and what his words mean for us as Christians today. Each week, we’ll explore a different section of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12).

Second Cup

Meets in the Parlor (1st floor)

Join other parents for a second cup of coffee and casual conversation about life, family, and faith. All are welcomed.

“God’s Promise – I Am With You” PW Bible Study

Meets in the Parlor (1st floor) & Bishop Spencer Place

What a timely message! Presbyterian Women Horizons Bible Study — open to both men and women – will focus on God’s reassuring promise of being present in our lives. The study guide is free to class participants. Join us at one of these gatherings:

  • September 16October 21November 11 (*2nd Sunday*), December 16 at 9:00 a.m. in the Parlor (First Floor)
  • PW Circle will meet every first Thursday at noon at Bishop Spencer Place, beginning October 4.

 


During the Week

Second’s Book Group

Second’s Book Discussion group meets for thought-provoking conversations and community every month at 7 p.m. in the Parlor (1st floor). Don’t have time to read the book? Come anyway!

Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer, by Barbara Ehrenreich

Tuesday, September 11, 7 p.m. in the Parlor

In the book, Ehrenreich explores how we are killing ourselves to live longer, not better. She offers a pointed, funny argument that offers an entirely new understanding of our bodies, ourselves, and our place in the universe,

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

Tuesday, October 9, 7 p.m.

This is the story of two sisters – one a missionary in Africa and the other a child wife living in the South – who sustain their loyalty to and trust in each other across time, distance, and silence. Beautifully imagined and deeply compassionate, this classic novel of American literature is rich

Bridge (Social Gathering)

Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Parlor (First Floor)

Come to play a friendly hand or two of Bridge. No partner needed.

Downtown Bible Study

Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m., San Francisco Towers at Crown Center (2510 Grand Blvd #101, KCMO 64108) – Social Room

Looking for a weekly Bible study to challenge your mind and encourage your heart? Join us for a weekly bible study in the Social Room at the San Francisco Towers at Crown Center. Bring a sack lunch and you’ll be done by 1 p.m. For details, contact Bill Tammeus at wtammeus@gmail.com or 816-926-0366.

Creative Spirits

Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Library (1st floor)

Artists of all levels gather to create works in a collaborative and casual setting. All are welcomed. To learn more, contact Marcia Tammeus.


Faith Development Committee

The Faith Development Committee provides opportunities for people to deepen their faith and grow as disciples of Christ, individually and as a community.

Interested in exploring topics of spirituality, faith, and life? Join us in developing classes, workshops, events and small groups at Second.

To learn more about the Faith Development Committee, contact Rev. Kristin Riegel at kriegel@secondpres.org.


Interfaith Resources

During our interfaith sermon series we discussed Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, and their common origins as Abrahamic faiths.

Throughout the series we compiled a list of interfaith resources, submitted by members and staff. To view the list of resources click here.