Christian Education

*** Most of these programs are currently on summer break.  Sunday School will resume on September 13, 2015.  Wednesday programming resumes on August 26, 2015.

Sunday Mornings 

From 9:00-9:50 am, Sunday School classes are offered for all ages from 3-years through adults.

Preschool and Elementary classes:  Two classes (3-years-1st grades and 2nd-5th grades) explore the Bible through video clips, fun activities, and time spent reading the Bible stories.  Our kids hear the familiar  stories of our faith, are encouraged to respond to them from their own experiences, and are sent out ready to see the lessons at work in their lives.  These classes follow the Lectionary readings used in worship, so families can hear and respond to the same stories.

Youth Class:  This fall, the Youth Class is available for students in grades 6-12.  The Youth Class explores basic faith concepts, contemporary issues, and Biblical knowledge.  Discussions give our youth a chance to talk about how their faith is reflected in their daily lives.

High School OWL Class:  During the fall of 2015, the 10th-12th graders may participate in Our Whole Lives classes during the Sunday School hour.  Participants' parents must attend a parent meeting in August, and visitors must bring a signed permission slip to attend this OWL class.  High Schoolers not involved in OWL are welcome in either the Youth or Adult Sunday School classes.  More information about the OWL program can be found at the bottom of this page.

Adult Class:  Adults gather in the chapel during the Sunday School hour.  The group uses short unit topics to explore the challenges and opportunities of living our faith in today's community and society.  Upcoming topics are published in the Bell and in weekly bulletins.

Amazing Grays:  Once a month after worship, our senior members host luncheons featuring a speaker.  Upcoming dates and topics are published in the Bell and weekly bulletins.  Reservations are required for lunch.

Weekday Offerings 

Pastor's Bible Study:  Rev. John P. Gardner meets in the chapel with this class every Wednesday from 5:15-6:00 pm to examine the Lectionary scripture passages for the following Sunday.  

Small Group Studies:  Rev. Ruth E. Phillips or lay leaders offer classes on Wednesdays from 7:00-7:45 pm.  They may be Bible focused or may vary in topic from parenting to peace, from seasonal to spiritual, and from practical to personal.

Women's Book Study Group:  This group meets every other Tuesday at 11:45 am at the church.  Discussion is shared on books of progressive theology and cultural concern, along with those of special interest to the participants.

Our Whole Lives 

Our Whole Lives/Sexuality and Our Faith (OWL) offers families, children, and teens a comprehensive educational process of gaining information and forming attitudes, beliefs, and values about secual identity, relationships, and intimacy.

Our Whole Lives helps parents fulfill their role as the primary educators of their children on issues of sexuality and helps create a partnership between the family and the church through parent orientation and parent education programs.

Individuals who participate in the program will know that their church cares about sexuality as a God-given part of life.  In the program, young people will build relationships with faithful adults who care about sexuality education and sexual development.  The program offers comprehensive sexuality education, which is about much more than just anatomy and health.  It is about faith, values, respect, emotions, and justice.

During the 2015-16 school year, we will be offering OWL classes for the following age groups:  Kindergarten-1st grade, 4th-6th grades, 7th-9th grades, and 10th-12th grades.  Participating families are required to attend a parent meeting before the start of their class.  Classes are open to children and youth from the public as space permits.  Please contact the church office for more information regarding dates, times, and sign-up information.

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