Why should you join one of these exciting programs? 10. "Why didn't I get a pony for Christmas?" is no longer your biggest question. 9. Your children will see that you think learning about God is important enough that you do it yourself. 8. You want a place to talk about things that matter. 7. You can ask questions and explore ideas about God with people who "get it.” 6. You hate the way Christian beliefs are misrepresented, but aren't sure how to defend them. 5. You think "the Bible says......" is the beginning of the conversation. 4. You still wonder if pets go to heaven. 3. The coffee and snacks are yummy, and the fellowship fun. 2. If someone wrote you a beautiful love letter, wouldn’t you want to read it? 1. It's a way to deepen your relationship with God.
What's Theology Got to Do with It?
With guidance from Anthony Robinson's book, What's Theology Got to Do With It?, you'll explore what the church believes, how you see your faith, and how faith informs our choices and shared community life. Join us in the parish hall on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. for this community learning time.
7-9 graders will be following Rite 13, which celebrates the individuality of each young teen and his or her creative potential while exploring Biblical stories of God and God's people. The program is designed to build self-esteem in the context of the Christian community; to teach, by word and example, the principles of freedom, responsibility and friendship. Rite 13 takes a lighthearted approach to learning: Bible stories are retold in different versions in order to make sense to young people in the group. Most important, stories are made relevant and encourage teens to look at Bible stories and figure out how they apply to their lives today. Join us Sundays at 9 a.m. in the Friendship House.
Children grades 2-6 will learn about God's grace, love and promises as revealed through His word each Sunday at 10 a.m. Using Seasons of the Spirit, the children learn about the same lessons their parents are hearing in church through Bible stories, crafts and songs feature prominently in each classroom.
Raising Kids with a Faith that Lasts
In the 6 week DVD based study, Raising Kids With a Faith That Lasts you'llbe introduced to one of your greatest privileges: helping your child begin a relationship with God. You’ll see how everyday conversations, family fun, and purposeful projects build spiritual foundations your son or daughter can rely on for a lifetime—and beyond. Each parent will get a participant's guide to help follow along with the DVD and guide your discussions. Sundays
Our 10-12 graders will be starting a new spiritual formation program, J2A, which is based on doing and reflecting. Instead of just talking about Christian service, we SERVE. Instead of teaching about prayer, we PRAY. Instead of sharing about Christian Community we actively and intentionally work to BUILD community. Instead of telling our young people how special they are we SHOW them thru special liturgical celebrations. Instead of merely talking about Christian journey we actually TRAVEL on Pilgrimage together. Join us Sundays at 9 in the Friendship House.
Godly Play is more than a curriculum, it’s an acknowledgement that children have an innate spirituality. Giving them the language and actions to express that spirituality enriches both the child and the adults in his or her life. Storytelling with figures and settings, theological wondering, learning liturgical responses and having an opportunity to respond to the story using media like art, music or drama are all part of the Godly Play experience. Children from preschool-grade 1; Sundays at 10 a.m. in the preschool building.