Small Groups

Central offers other education and learning opportunities throughout the week. 


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.

Date Book Host Start

Goldfinch: A Novel By DonnaTartt

Sally Labadie 7:00
Michelle Edwards

The Girls of Atomic City By Denise Kierman

Lynne Jones   7:30 Bill Crosland

Orphan Train: A Novel By Christina Kline

TBA 7:30 Vicki Collier

The Burgess Boys By Elizabeth Strout

Cheryl Gosa 7:30 Eleanor Barrineau

The Orphan Master’s Son  By Adam Johnson

Wayne & Ann Anderson 7:30 Wayne & Ann Anderson

Home  By Toni Morrison

Jean Ellen Jones 7:30 Edna Bacon

The Light Between Oceans By M. L. Stedman

Sherry Wright 7:30 Cheryl Gosa

Brave New World By Aldous Huxley

TBA 7:00
Linda McCord

Any questions about the Bookworms? Contact Jean Ellen Jones.

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.

Women's Studies 2014 2015

The 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.

For a complete list of 2014 - 2015 meeting topics and locations, check back soon.

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.

Rebekah CircleRebekah_Circle_web

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. For more details, contact Linda Smith.

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 Linda Smith.