Spiritual Growth

Ephesians 3:16-19

“I pray that… Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

This is Paul’s prayer for the people of Ephesus and this is our same prayer for our community of faith.

Clark Spiritual Growth Initiative

In 2018, in loving gratitude for the way First Presbyterian has encouraged their family, Joe and Elinor Ann Clark, established the Clark Spiritual Growth Fund with the purpose of promoting unique congregational, spiritual, and family growth opportunities by providing insightful and meaningful educational experiences. Thus, the Clark Spiritual Growth Initiative was born!  The initiative rotates on a three year cycle of diverse spiritual growth opportunities.

  1. Workshop hosted at FPC
  2. Family retreat 
  3. Youth Retreat

For our first series, we have chosen the topic of Sabbath.  In 2019, we hosted a Sabbath workshop at FPC featuring the Rev. Carrie Rhoads Tuttle from North Carolina.  We had a weekend of worship, small group discussion groups, and whole group lessons educating and encouraging the practice of Sabbath.  2020 featured our first weekend retreat to Massenetta Springs Camp and Conference Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Our retreat was led by MaryAnn McKibben Dana--a mother of three, Presbyterian pastor, life coach, and author of a best selling book "Sabbath in the Suburbs" which chronicles her family's experiment with focusing on Sabbath for an entire year!  Our 2021, youth retreat details have yet to be determined, but should be communicated soon!

We celebrate a GREAT retreat weekend at Massanetta Springs Conference Center!  Joy, light, laughter, and rest filled our time together.  We have many Sabbath takeaways we hope to share and reflect on in the days ahead!

New Bible Study

Presbyterian Women Bible Study Development and Field Testing

3rd Monday of each month at 10am


The reflection and review will help provide feedback of the study for potential use as Horizon Study in 2021 for Prebyterian Women

Spiritual Growth @ FPCLY

Our Spiritual Growth Committee honors the mission statement of “celebrating God’s grace and inspiring the next generation for Christ” and works together, meeting monthly to ensure our opportunities, events, and goals align truly to “celebrate” and “inspire.” 

To find out more about Spiritual Growth opportunities at FPCLY or to get involved in teaching, planning, or implementing, please contact Kathleen Lifsey (Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries) or Erik Koroneos (Chair ’20). Other committee members include Jamie Moss, Laurie Sommardahl, Catherine Adams, Noёl Thomas, Beth Williams, Bianca Childress, and Peter Thompson.

Our Mission

Celebrating God’s grace, Inspiring the next generation for Christ… each and every day!!!

Contact Us

1215 V.E.S. Road, Lynchburg, VA 24503

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