Sunday School

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 entitledWe Believe, while some participate in special study themes. Different divisions of the Church School are as follows:

Nursery

Room 201. Our trained nursery employees, along with congregational volunteers, create a nurturing and Christ-centered experience as the children from birth through three years of age begin to develop their worship routines. Senior nursery staff member Nadine Smith, with more than 20 years of experience, leads our care team and is supported by Evan Barnette and Cinderella Sohail.  We are open from 9:15 to 12:00 noon for morning Sunday School and Worship.

Children

Preschool – Kindergarten:  Room 207  ; Grades 1 & 2: room 209.

Children’s Coordinator -Barbara Tierney.

Our teachers in both of these classes use “Growing in Grace and Gratitude,” a Presbyterian Church USA children’s curriculum.  This series will help children to worship and serve God in grateful ways. “Shepherds” help guide the class during Sunday School time.

Grades 3, 4, 5:  Room 100.

Yevonne Brannon leads this group.  The class focuses on Old and New Testament stories as well as learning the books of the Bible and Bible verses. They practice the Kyrie, Doxology, Lord’s Prayer, Gloria Patri, and Apostle’s Creed, allowing them to participate fully in worship. This class will be studying curriculum entitled “We Believe” (PCUSA).

Youth (Grades 6-12): Room 106.

We will use curricula designed to address the questions and concerns of this age group through discussion and reflection. Blythe Clifford and Mac Winslow lead this group.

Children’s Chapel (During Morning Worship): Room 21

Children in 4-year-old preschool through 2nd grade are invited to leave the Sunday morning worship service (except the 1stSunday each month) to experience God’s presence in their special chapel located in Room 21.  The Godly Play curriculum uses an experiential discovery method of learning to engage the whole child – hands, heart, mind, senses and intuition. Bible stories are told with three-dimensional materials and children are encouraged to move into larger dimensions of belief and faith through ‘wondering questions’ and personal response time. Judy Shelton coordinates Children’s Chapel volunteers, with Cookie Littlefield coordinating materials.

Adults

Word/Share/Prayer: Fellowship Hall    

This class is for adults who enjoy group scripture study and exploration through shared interpretation of the day’s lectionary.  We read the scripture aloud and silently ponder what it means. Then as a group, we ask and answer questions about Jesus’ comparison to our lives, and prepare to hear the pastor’s message on the same scripture. We invite you to join us in reading, sharing and praying together.  Led by Jane Whitehurst

Parlor Class:  Church parlor.

This class for adults focuses on Bible scripture using the Uniform Lesson Series The Present Word.  This fall the overall topic is “Genesis: God’s creation of the universe, earth, and people.”  Leaders are Keith Cassel, Ruth Craven, Jack Gebbie, and Christine Thomson.  All adults are welcome to join the lively discussion in this class.

Forum Class:  Room 101.

This class involves Bible study including class participation in discussion as we seek to understand God’s word.   Last year we studied the books of Genesis and Acts.  In both cases, we studied beginnings – the beginning of the world and our Judeo/Christian faith and the beginning of the church.  We will start this year looking at Galatians which addresses topics and events concurrent to the book of Acts as well as a number of theological topics, including faith and the law, justification, purpose of the law and being the children of God.  This class is led by Harris Cummings

Afternoon Classes

Biblical Justice Forum:  Church Library.

Adults in this class study current issues of concern to Christians, such as racial injustice, nonviolence, environmental justice, Middle East peace, etc. and attempt to discern the church’s obligations regarding these topics.  Class leaders are Joette Steger and Sandy Irving. (3:30–5:00)

Youth Sunday School:  Room 106.

This class is for all grades (1st-12th).  We’ll read the scripture for the day’s sermon and decide what it means to us.  We’ll watch a video portrayal of the verses, make our own questions for the pastor, and see if we can learn to be evangelists ourselves. This class will meet the 3rd Sunday of each month at– Sept. 16 – Oct. 21 – Nov. 18 – Dec.16.  Join me, Jane Whitehurst, your teacher, at 4:15-5:00 in the youth room.