"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.

Download and print the 2018 VBS registration form here:

2018 VBS Registration Form

    • Sunday, June 17, is the last day to register for VBS
    • 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

 

Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study:

Presently, we are reading and discussing the book Radical Spirit, by Joan Chittister. This six-week class will conclude on June 28.  A new class based on the book Paths to Prayer by Patricia Brown will begin on July 19. This is an excellent book for beginners and the proficient alike.  “Paths to Payer is a sensitive exploration of the role of prayer in everyday life.

We always welcome and encourage new members! We meet at 9:30 for coffee, and our study begins at 9:45.  Child care with Jamie Tuin is available in Room 306.

 

My One Word

A new class will be offered on Wednesday evenings in July and August (7/11, 7/25, 8/8, 8/22) based on the book and DVD My One Word by Mike Ashcraft. The concept of My One Word is simple: lose all your sweeping promises to change―and do something about one thing this year, instead of nothing about everything. Choose just one word that represents what you most hope God will do in you, and focus on it for an entire year. Pat Stromsta will facilitate this four –session class in the Library from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings in July and August.

 

From Christ to Christianity

At noon on Tuesdays, June 19 and 26, in Room 300, Seth Weeldreyer will lead a discussion of our earliest Christian history. In Week One we’ll cover Paul and the earliest communities that gave birth to the gospels and letters that form our scripture. In Week Two, we’ll cover the development of Christian experience and thought through persecution, desert fathers and mothers, through Constantine. Watch for more information, including a compilation of readings that will be available at the church office reception desk.

 

Faith, Hope, Love: Living with God and Others

“Now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13) These well-known and cherished words are often shared at weddings. Paul intended them to guide our everyday, ordinary life with God and others. What do faith, hope, and love really look like and mean, personally and practically? Relation. Vision. Action. Seth Weeldreyer will lead conversation for three weeks: Sundays, June 17, 24, and July 1 in Room 300, immediately following Worship. Come to share inspiration for how we live amid our realities and beauties, questions and convictions, as people have in all ages.

A compilation of brief readings and scripture texts to guide our reflection will be available at the office reception desk. Contact Seth if you have questions.