The Church School, or known to most as “Sunday School” meets every Sunday morning at 9:30 in the Education Building which is located to the left as one faces the church. Throughout the year, most of the classes focus on the Presbyterian curriculum entitled We Believe while some participate in special study themes. Different divisions of the Church School are as follows:
A loving, safe, and age-appropriate environment welcomes our young children into the church family. Nursery care is provided for infants through 2-year olds during Church School and infants through 3-year olds during worship. Care is provided by very capable professionals and volunteers working together.
Preschool and elementary age children explore major Biblical stories, events and characters and how those stories speak to their own lives in today’s world. Creative activities such as art, drama, puppetry, music and writing involve the children in active learning.
In the summer, classes are combined into two: the Preschool Class for children 3 and older who have not yet attended kindergarten. The curriculum is Rock Solid which features a special coloring page to take home each week; the School Age Class for children who have finished kindergarten through 5th grade. Appropriately, the curriculum in entitled One Room Sunday School.
Throughout the school year, there are two classes for youth with both focusing on the same material. In the summer, middle school students are combined with high school students.
Several Bible study formats are available to adults. They range from focusing on thematic books that challenge us to examine our Christian walk to more traditional lectionary curriculum which connects the Church School lesson to the scripture used in worship. In the summer when families are traveling and vacationing, we offer only one class which meets in the parlor. This class uses The Present Word study material.
Beginning mid June, our Church School goes into the summer schedule. Check the upcoming events section of the Home Page to learn more about the summer schedule which is designed to acommodate family vacations. The fall schedule begins with "Rally Day" or "Christian Education Sunday".
During the school year children participate in choir practice on Wednesday evenings after dinner at "Wednesday Night Live." Periodically, the children sing in the traditional worship service on Sunday morning.
Vacation Bible School
Children’s Chapel – Godly Play
Godly Play provides a special opportunity for children ages 4 – 2nd grade to experience the Holy Spirit through stories and music. Godly Play meets following the children’s message during the Sunday morning worship service. Children remain with their parents to observe Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month.
Children’s Chapel does not meet during the summer months. It takes a break from mid-June until Christian Education Sunday in early September.
Western Boulevard Presbyterian Preschool
This weekday preschool provides a number of classes for young children. Parents find classrooms inviting, teachers enthusiastic and dedicated, and atmosphere loving. For more information on the Preschool, click here.
Youth in grades 6-12 meet every Sunday evening from 6:30 pm until 7:30pm for dinner and fellowship. Delicious meals are prepared and served by members of the congregation after which youth participate in some type of “program”. In Youth Group, youth leaders and adult advisors coordinate a balance of four features designed to enable youth to grow in their Christian faith and life: study, fun and fellowship, service to others and worship. During the course of the year, youth participate in a number of service projects both to the church (cleaning toys for the nursery) and to the community beyond the church (painting on a tent to be sent to Darfur, getting food bags filled for the Food Bank). They also help lead a Hanging of the Greens service at Christmas and lead a worship service in the spring. Some of the programs include: dating, questions about God and our relationship with God, getting along with people who are different from ourselves, and loyalty to friends. . Fun activities include: trip to the fair, a lock-in, picnic at Lake Johnson, and a retreat.
In the spring or fall, youth join other Presbytery youth in a retreat and also have a retreat of their own.
Western Boulevard youth are very active in mission projects. One of their favorite types of projects is a mission trip. They have been to the Gulf coasts several times and are planning to go to Appalachia in the future. On these trips, youth help restore and build homes, spend time worshipping together and of course just have fun together.
For 6th – 9th grade youth. In the class, youth explore what it means to profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. During this time, most youth make the decision to join the church. Short-term confirmation classes are offered by the pastor between the two to three-year offerings.
Wednesday Night Live
In the fall and spring youth participate in the Wednesday evenings programs. Youth have share information about mission trips, other activities and help serve a special fall dinner.
Special Wednesday Night Live Studies
In the fall and spring, we offer a number of study opportunities as part of Wednesday Night Live. Studies range from Bible studies to reviews of contemporary writings and books. They are taught by the pastors, church leaders and outside guests. These studies afford participants the opportunity to explore interesting topics with friends who often offer different perspectives.
Women’s Prayer and Study Group
Each Wednesday morning at 9:00 a group of women gather to pray for various concerns and to study a chosen topic. In the summer, the group becomes primarily a prayer group.
Magdalene Circle — The Magdalene Circle is named after one of its much loved members. It meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am for Bible study, service and fellowship. Like most of the other ministries in the church, it changes for the summer. During this time, women get together for a casual lunch (usually at a cafeteria) and fellowship. The Circle even takes on a new name: “Lunching Ladies”.
Fellowship Circle — The Circle was started for those who were unable to attend the Tuesday morning group. It usually meets on the 3rd Sunday after worship. Women enjoy lunch together and fellowship.
The church is fortunate to have an attractive, well-stocked library on the main floor of the Educational Building. With its small conference table, it is an ideal setting for individual study or for a small group meeting.