Education

 

We value an educated faith and strive to have regular offerings where folks can learn new things and ponder how to connect faith to their respective lives. We have formal and informal educational offerings throughout the year. Here are some examples:

2015 Marlene education with children

Younger Children and Infants – For younger children we have them in worship with us each Sunday to begin. After a time especially for them they head off to our staffed nursery to have creative play and to practice being in intentional relationship with one another. Once a child reaches elementary school they head off to our weekly church school which is staffed by church volunteers.  Our teachers use the Whole People of God curriculum and supplement it with their own creative ideas. Children learn about the Bible stories and how they are relevant to their lives. During the month of Christmas we practice and present our Children’s Christmas Pageant.

2015 education with grace rinck

Intergenerational Events – we hold several events during the year to connect the generations together through meals and shared activities. We typically host an Advent Festival to kick off the Christmas season, as well as a Lenten festival to mark the arrival of the 40 days of Lent. Through crafts and teachings we learn about the Christian calendar year and celebrate it together. Some years we host an All Church Camp where kids can mingle outside with each other and the adults of the church.

Youth – Our youth have something for them each Sunday, whether it is a class by themselves, or a combined class with our younger children, or a sermon talk-back Sunday when they stay through the sermon and then leave to have a discussion about it. They also have youth outings and camp offerings throughout the year and we try to have a mission trip every year or so as there is interest. We also hold a Confirmation Class every couple of years for our middle and early high School youth which spans several months and is led by our pastors and adult sponsors.

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Adults –  We host adults offerings throughout the years. Sometimes they are forums after church on various topics. We also have occasional book groups that meet in people’s homes, small groups where there is sharing and Bible study, a Conscientious Projector Series where we watch documentaries or feature films that educate us about social justice issues and then have a time to discuss them together. We also have New Members Classes for folks who are considering joining our church to educate them about the history of our church and what their needs are as the affiliate with us. We occasionally partner with other groups to go on outings to learn new things. We are closely affiliated with Progressive Christians Uniting which hosts regular educational events and outings. See their website at: progressivechristiansuniting.org

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