Small Groups

Central offers other education and learning opportunities throughout the week. 

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Discern, Build, Nourish

Frederick Buechner says, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” One aspect of a spiritual journey is to uncover your gifts in order to nourish this “deep gladness” and to establish God’s vision for the world through life-giving ways. Our hope is that your experience with one of our spirituality small groups will help you discern your gifts, build relationships, and nourish your soul. Come and join members of your Central family as we embark on this life-giving journey.

Fall 2015 Small Groups

Sunday Evenings
Facilitator: Anne Sciarrone
Dates:  9/27, 10/4, 10/25, 11/1, 11/15, 12/6

Wednesday Evenings
Facilitator:  Michael Lloyd
Dates: 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, and 11/11.

Wednesdays (Lunch time)
Facilitators:  Marcia Hunter & Linda McCord
Dates:  10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11

Wednesdays (Evenings @ CPC)
Facilitator:  Linda McCord
Dates:  10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11

Facilitator:  Rob Forbes
Dates:  10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3

Facilitator:  Susan Landrum
Dates:  11/12, and following dates TBD


The Bookworms group is for all Centralites and friends who love to read and talk about what they have read. We meet evenings, in members’ homes, on the fourth Tuesday of the month, September through May. At our meetings, we discuss a book—fiction or nonfiction—previously selected. Our meetings are very informal, with discussion often branching out into diverse areas suggested by comments about the book. Discussion is followed by refreshments and individual conversations; we enjoy each other’s company.

We Bookworms welcome newcomers. Becoming a member of the group is easy: Simply show up at the next meeting, no formal registration required, no application form to battle. Anyone interested in getting meeting reminder notices may request to be put on on the Bookworms e-mail list, managed by Jean Ellen Jones.

2015 - 2016 Reading List

9/22/15 All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
10/27/15 The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
12/1/15 1491 by Charles Mann
1/26/16   Lila by Marilynne Robinson
2/23/16 The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
3/22/16 Being Mortal by Arul Gavande
4/26/16 The Nightingale by Kristin Hawkins
5/24/16 Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Any questions about the Bookworms? Contact Jean Ellen Jones.

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Hungry Hearts                                                                    7:00 p.m. the 3rd Tuesday each month

The Hungry Hearts is made up of women and men who come together to support each other in our spiritual journeys as well as to explore and learn about various aspects of Christian spirituality.

Our time is spent in centering prayer, group spiritual direction, and discussion of books or topics that we choose to explore. Although this might sound like an intense gathering, the truth is that the hours are also  interspersed with good food along with laughter and debates and the sharing of our joys and concerns and we try very hard to contain the meeting within the hours of 7:00-9:00p.m. every third Tuesday (that is not easy to do!). We welcome all who would like to join us.

Our leader, Ellen Phillips, artist and ruling elder has a certificate in Spiritual Development from Columbia Theological Seminary. Starting September 18, and meets in a different member’s home at 7:00 p.m. For more information or to participate email Ellen Phillips at


Xs & YsScreen on the Green June 2011 web

This ministry provides a place for 20- and 30-somethings at Central Presbyterian Church to socialize, learn, and serve together. Most members of this group are: 

Between the ages of 20 and 40

Both married and unmarried

Without children (though young adults with children are welcome as well!)

The Young Adults at Central have several regularly scheduled events involving service, study and fellowship. 

Thirsty Thursdays 

Come drink, chat, and relax with the Xs and Ys at Manuel's Tavern (602 N. Highland) the 4th Thursday of every month at 8:00 p.m. 

See the Facebook page Central Presbyterian Xs & Ys for other gatherings and activities.

Central Women

Central Women (FKA Women's Studies Group) was formed in the early 1980s to provide a vehicle for exploring issues and topics of particular interest to women. It is an intergenerational group, which brings together not only Central members but also women from throughout the community.

The members begin their time of fellowship by sharing a meal before moving on to the evening's main topic of discussion. With the help of books, articles, and guest speakers, the Women's Studies Group has discussed issues as diverse as women's health, the civil rights movement, women's role in the political process, artistic interpretations, and women in the Bible. The group meets in members' homes on the third Thursday of the month, September through May (excluding December).

How to Join
Women's Studies at Central is open to any woman who would like to attend. We are a very informal group. Dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. and different members sign up ahead of time to bring the pot luck dinner. It's fun to cook, but also a treat to come and eat and enjoy the cooking of others.

Rebekah Circle

Circles/Presbyterian Women

A Presbyterian Women's Circle is a local congregational group dedicated to nuturing the faith and spiritual growth of women in the church and helping women develop church leadership skills.

Each church's circle groups are part of the larger, nationwide effort, Presbyterian Women in the Congregation, which provides guidance, support and expanded opportunities.

Central Church has one circle:   the Rebekah Circle.

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The Rebekah Circle meets monthly on the second Monday from September through June, primarily at members' homes. These women engage in Bible study, usually the Presbyterian Women's Horizons' study, support various Presbyterian projects, discuss congregational cares and concerns, and enjoy fellowship during lunch, for which everyone brings a sandwich. 

Just For Men

Men at Manuel’s                                                               7:00 p.m. the 3rd Monday of the month

Men of every age are invited to gather together at Manuel’s Tavern on North Highland in the “Eagle’s Nest.” Each month, Brian Bishop and friends host Central’s men to learn, share, pray, and serve together. This is not an evening presentation to sit through, but rather a time to make and deepen friendships in Christ. Every 3rd  Monday, Central men, head to Manuel’s Tavern for a delightful evening.

First Sunday Men’s Breakfast                                         8:00 a.m. the 1st Sunday each month

After his resurrection, Jesus prepared breakfast on the beach for his friends. Like those disciples, we sometimes unexpectedly encounter Jesus and are lovingly nourished. We men gather because we have called each other "friend." Breakfast is just a vehicle. Location varies.

For information on either of these groups, contact Quin Hicks.