Spiritual Growth

Upcoming Growth Opportunities

Fun Family-Friendly Worship Event

Sunday, January 24, 2021
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

We will worship God in song, dance, a short message, and VIRTUAL BINGO!  Come, join the fun and discover, learn, and grow in your relationship with God!
RSVP via this link by Friday, Janaury 22!!!

ALL are welcome! Invite your friends!

Full Family-Friendly Worship Schedule

All opportunities are outdoors and start at 4:00pm!

January 24--now virtual at 3:00pm
February 28
March 21
April 18

Be sure to bring your mask!
ALL are welcome to participate! Invite your friends!

“That's Awesome!”

Spirit-Filled Joy • Life-Changing Experience • Loving • Laughter • Life-Giving • Uplifting • Heart-Warming • Let it Be

Those are words used by retreat participants to describe their retreat experience in 3 words or less. This March retreat weekend was FILLED with joy, laughter, relationship-building and relationship strengthening, and pure rest. Pastor, published author, and mother of three MaryAnn McKibben Dana led us through four workshops plus a morning of worship. In each workshop, we laughed, we shared, we cried, and we were real about our trials and successes with Sabbath. Our retreat was hosted at Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Many thanks to Joe and Elinor Ann Clark for their gift to help make this opportunity possible.

We celebrate a GREAT retreat weekend at Massanetta Springs Conference Center! 

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 FPCLY 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!


"Immerse" is a devotional series developed by Pastor Peter Thompson as a part of his Doctoral Research Class and final program project. The devotional is a 12 part series designed as an alternative form of worship when the ability to be present at church has been impacted due to stay at home orders, a weekend soccer tournament, weekend theater competition, or other activity. Each part of the series can be completed in one setting or it can be broken down over the course of a couple of days.

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

Email: info@fpcly.org
Phone: (434) 384-6231


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