"A Sanctuary in the City… Living Faith"

Christian Education

Commitment

Children and adults can experience many meaningful learning experiences in lessons and activities as a result of well-planned and organized programming by our wonderful staff , teachers, Christian EducationCommittee members, and volunteers.

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Education Programs

Children

Nursery: Infants and children up to age 3 are invited to our nursery on the second floor (ML) during Worship.

    • Children and youth meet in the sanctuary and are dismissed from worship service after the Moment with Young Worshipers, for participation in their respective programs.
    • The youth participate in REVOLUTION, which meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. for activities and community volunteering opportunities.
    • The Children and Youth Sunday Service in June during worship is a highlight for presenting lessons learned, music and a culmination of the year’s educational growth.
    • Children and Youth Christmas Eve Service is enjoyed by many, and always beautifully presented with Scripture and music.
    • Vacation Bible School is offered in the month of June, is an another important event. We are one of five downtown churches that supports this program. VBS is hosted at First Presbyterian Church.
    • Summer activity trips, mission trips and work camp-community volunteer trips offer a variety of learning experiences for spiritual growth for youth and adult chaperones.

The Church Library, located on the mid-level of the building, has excellent books available for children and adults. A book rack is available in the Gathering Place on Sunday mornings.

Adult Education Offerings

 

Where Are We in the Story of Racism?
Racism is the opposite of what God intends for humanity.  It is the rejection of the “other”, which is entirely contrary to the Word of God Incarnate in Jesus Christ. Because of our Biblical understanding of who God is and what God intends for humanity, we must stand against, speak against and work against racism. Join us for a discussion on racism, based on the book White Awake by Daniel Hill on October 22 after the worship service in Room #301. Books are available (but not necessary for the discussion) at the front desk. In his compelling and timely book, Daniel shows you the seven stages to expect on your own path to cultural awakening. It’s crucial to understand both personal and social realities in the areas of race, culture, and identity. This book will give you a new perspective on being white and also empower you to be an agent of reconciliation in our increasingly diverse and divided world.

Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study:
Our study this fall is based on the book of Daniel.  We’ll meet Daniel’s God, the Sovereign Lord who rules in the kingdom of men.  Daniel dared to be different.  We too can learn to be rooted in the Lord amidst the challenges that we meet in our world and society today. Join us for coffee at 9:30. Our lesson begins at 9:45. Childcare is provided in Room #306.

Wednesday Evening Women’s Bible Study
The womens’ Bible study will meet Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30 in Room #208 (next to the nursery) We will read and discuss James 4:11 – 5:6.  Our study of James will conclude next month but we will start a new study in January.

Church Reformed and Always Reforming
This month, many Christians celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. What actually happened long ago? What were root causes and effects? Is it all still relevant to our lives?

If so, how can its legacy continue to inspire us today? Seth Weeldreyer will lead a three-part

series exploring the Reformation, offered at two different times during the week. On Tuesdays at noon (10/31, 11/7, 11/14), we will meet in Room 300. On Sundays after worship (11/5, 11/12, 11/19), we will meet in Room 301. Background reading materials will be available at the office reception desk. Topics for each week will be as follows:

10/31 and 11/5 – Reasons for Reformation: Culture and Causes

11/7 and 11/12 – Expressions of Reformation: Calvin and other Churches

11/14 and 11/19 – Ongoing Reformation: Legacies and Challenges for today

Out of the Reformation came theological slogans and worship changes. And it was really all about ethics, that is, how we live every day. May we come to share insights and inspirations for living faith. Contact Seth with any questions.