The Christian Education committee promotes education of children and adults to understand God’s amazing love for all of us in spite of our failings. Through discussion and study, we pray that we will all learn to live in relationship and accept God’s grace.
Nursery care is provided for children up to 2 years of age on Sunday mornings, birth through preschool during Wednesday evening programs, and upon request for other programs. At the age of three, the children are transitioned into the Sunday morning Carpenter’s Corner preschool program with input from parents, and support from the Nursery Care Provider and Education Director.
This Sunday school program is for children in preschool through 5th grade and takes place during the 11 a.m. worship service. Lessons are based on the rotation model and include various modalities such as drama, video, computer, art, games, science, cooking, and music. Preschool curriculum is aligned with the elementary aged children and uses a mini rotation model within their classroom. Children leave for class after the children’s message during worship service each Sunday. Current rotation information can be found in recent postings.
For summer worship, the children meet in a combined classroom setting after the children’s message during the 10 a.m. service.
Led by high school youth, all children in K-5th grade are invited for energizers, fellowship, praise songs and lessons that follow the lectionary readings. This gives the children an understanding of the day’s worship theme, and assists their comprehension of stories presented in worship. This class meets at 10 a.m. each Sunday during the school year in the Drama/Music Room. Younger children can be left in the nursery/preschool room during the 10 a.m. education hour.
Confirmation classes are offered during the school year for all youth in sixth grade and above who have not yet been confirmed. This course helps students develop a Christian worldview, discovering who they are as a disciple of Christ, and how to live that out. In this way they will be prepared to become an active and integral church member. More information can be found under the Youth Group tab.
Jr/Sr High Bible Study
Youth 6-12 grade not enrolled in confirmation class are invited to take part in an inter-generational study that meets at 10 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Bible based discussions also take place during the first part of most youth group meetings. Please see the Youth Group tab for more information.
Mission Statement: “To provide vibrant adult study opportunities that inspire and encourage faithful daily living.”
- Sunday morning Bible study takes place from 10-10:45 a.m. in the Conference Room. Led by Pastors Robbie and Lindsey, every 6-8 weeks a new topic is explored. Adults and older youth are invited to take part. Newcomers are always welcome.
- Monday evening Women’s Covenant Group: January 9 – March 13 from 6:30-8:15 p.m. in the Conference Room. Facilitated by Pam Coffin, this group explores the Beth Moore study Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit.
- Tuesday morning Bible Study Covenant Group meets at 11 a.m. in the Conference Room from September – May and is led by Pastors Lindsey and Robbie Carnes. Newcomers welcome!
- Wednesday morning Women’s Covenant Group: January 4 – March 1 from 10 a.m. – noon in the Conference Room. Facilitated by Tina Ritchie, this group explores Boundaries by Drs. Henry Cloud & John Townsend.
- Thursday evening adult Bible study: January 12 – March 2 from 6-8 p.m. Choose from 2 classes – The Bible from Scratch – New Testament for Beginners by Donald Griggs, or Revelation for Everyone by N.T. Wright. These accessible, easy-to-understand Bible studies are for anyone who has – or fear they have – little or no Bible knowledge. The New Testament is led by Larry Zimbler and meets in the Conference Room. Revelation is led by Tina Ritchie and meets in the Youth Room.
- Friday evenings, join Jennifer MacLean for the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course 7-9 p.m. February 24 – April 28 in the Conference Room. Childcare is provided. Contact the church office for registration information.
- 2 Men’s Covenant Groups: Intended for men who are working and have families, join Pastor Robbie at 8 a.m. the 1st Saturday of the month at a local restaurant and 6 p.m. the 3rd Sunday of the month at a member’s home. This group meets for fellowship, prayer, reflection and support for spiritual growth and to enrich daily living. See Pastor Robbie for current meeting places. Intended for retired men, join David Eshleman the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 8:30 a.m. in the Conference Room. Discussion is on The 10 Commandments of Common Sense by Hal Urben. Books are available for $13.
Depending on the study, adults may purchase a book for $10-$15 donation though the church office, or during class time.
Childcare is offered for all adult education classes as needed. Please see Tina Ritchie or call the church office to make a request.
This 5-week adult education program takes place on Sunday evenings during Lent from 4-6 p.m., March 5 – April 2. Exploring Narnia in collaboration with our neighbors at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, this year’s program has sessions for adults, youth, and children and takes place entirely at St. Jude’s.
Vacation Bible School
Offered in June, this one week summer program for preschool – 5th grade runs from 6-8 p.m. Monday – Friday. Youth entering 6th – 12th grade can sign-up to be “Counselors in Training. ” Much like a shepherd, they will be assigned to an age group and follow their flock to each classroom. Watch for current information in the summer posts or event calendar.
Sharing some education examples:
Below is a short slide show presentation of some education experiences. For updated examples, please click on the “Education” posting category on the left of the website pages.