Wednesday evening activities focus our efforts on discipleship. Believing that Jesus was
crystal clear when He gave his final instructions to go into all the
world and make disciples, we have clarified the purpose of our Wednesday
evening events to strategically focus on the task of Disciple making -
or making missionary followers of Jesus.
Thursday is usually a school and work day!
Being sensitive to your family's needs, we have scheduled these
activities from 6-7:30 pm so you have the opportunity to experience
Wednesdays at First and be able to get your family home earlier in the evening.
All of our Wednesday evening activities are at our Kempsville Road Location unless otherwise noted.
Wednesdays at First Discipleship Classes | 6-7:30PM | See the entire adult class list
Worship Choir | 6-7:30PM, Choir Room
Orchestra | 6:30-8PM, Worship Center
Kempsville Location | Fellowship Hall | 4:30-6PM | Sign up here
Or call the church office at 461.3226. Reservations/cancellations by noon Wednesday. Payment required at dinner: $6 (12 & up), $4 (Children ages 4-11), $2.50 (Children 3 & under), $7.50 (Low fat option).
Our mid-week worship gathering designed just for students.
Join us for God-focused music, video, drama, prayer, and a relevant
message. For more details on our Student Ministry activities, contact
Debbie Hoffius, firstname.lastname@example.org or 802.9517.
Catching Air is a word athletes use for leaping, jumping, or riding—soaring! TeamKID: Catching Air helps preschoolers learn to do their best by trusting in God! Details: email@example.com or 802-9516.
Books of the Bible is a fun, high-energy Bible study that teaches kids the books of the Bible and what each book is about! Each week kids will enjoy a Bible lesson, crafts, scripture memory, games and much more! Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-9516.
Each year in January we feature a Bible study with our pastor, Dr. Eric Thomas, as the discipleship opportunity for adults.
We will be studying the book of Jeremiah. The prophet Jeremiah's ministry began around 627 BC when he was only 20 years old. His work was during the last days of the southern kingdom of Judah before it fell to Babylon. His words of God's judgment fell on the ears of people who had ignored God's commands even with the threat of outside powers.
How does this apply today? Jeremiah wrote clearly about the new covenant God would make with His people through Jesus. This new covenant is what restores us to God, allowing us to have a personal relationship with Him.
Jeremiah 31:31–34 (NLT):"The day is coming,” says the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the LORD. “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the LORD. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the LORD.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the LORD. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins."
Grief is a natural response to a loss. You may experience many difficult and overwhelming
emotions that will seem to never end. Grief and Loss Support Group is a group where you can
share your feelings, listen to the experience of others, and learn how to heal with Jesus Christ
our Lord and Savior at your side. Please feel free to come anytime during the session.
After the funeral, when the cards and flowers have stopped coming, most people around you
return to their normal lives. But your grief continues and you often feel alone. GriefShare is led
by caring people who have experienced grief. They’ve been in the same place and will walk
with you on the journey through grief towards healing and hope for the future. Book Cost: $15
Most people slip by in this life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial
diversions, living for comfort and pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin. Don’t get caught up
in a life that counts for nothing. Learn how you can live and die boasting in the cross of Christ
and making the glory of God your singular passion. If you believe that to live is Christ and to die
is gain, learn to live for Christ, and don’t waste your life! Book Cost: $10
Come discover how optimizing your nutrition can improve your health. Our topics will include:
Understanding the 7 pillars of heath • How does food affect our health? • Basic metabolism •
Where is food sourced? • How to navigate the grocery store to make the best nutritional
choices • Debunking food industry myths • Breaking up with sugar • How to properly fuel
your body with the nutrients it needs • Open nutrition/health forum
When hard times come and it seems God is deviating from the plan we assume our life should
follow, we’re much more likely to want to tame God, not trust Him. It’s then that we begin to
press into our ways and our own timing. No human can carry the weight of being their own
god, but so many of us try. In this 6-session study of 1 & 2 Kings, join Lysa TerKeurst in Israel
as she honestly reveals the places of distrust in her own heart while exploring the deeply
personal applicable Scriptures that will teach us how to truly trust God. Book Cost: $16
Men of all ages - you’re invited to join us! In this study, we’ll look at what discipleship really
means, how love is a mark of spiritual maturity, what kills healthy relationships, how to get
along despite differences of opinions and cultures, how to use your gifts within the body of
Christ, and much more!
Apologetics - from the Greek word, “apologetics bolsters our faith and confronts people’s
misconceptions about Christianity. 1 Peter says “…always be ready to make a defense to
anyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you…”
First Norfolk Men gathers weekly for Bible studies that are of particular interest to men of our
community. These studies are geared to enhance and help men be more like Christ. All men are
welcome and invited to join us!
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Come meet with other homeschooling moms for a
fun and enjoyable time of encouragement, fellowship, and community.
This chapter-by-chapter and verse-by-verse study of the letter to the church at Rome will
provide a great foundation for growing in your understanding of foundational Christian
doctrines that will serve you well throughout your Christian life. With salvation at the heart
of Paul’s message, the Apostle Paul makes clear that this great gift of God to mankind is by
faith alone, in Christ alone. Handouts will be provided.