Christian Education

Christian Education

The ministry of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church is to provide a safe, comfortable environment where people of all ages can gather to study the word of God, to advance their personal faith journey, to pray together and to support one another. This ministry develops experiences and programs that take into consideration our diversity of age, theology, and spiritual development, with love, respect, humility, openness, and concern toward all our members, friends, and neighbors in community.

Our 2020-2021 Sunday School year starts on August 23rd. This year, as we are all facing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Sunday School offerings will be hosted via Zoom Meetings following our Sunday Worship Service. We encourage families to attend any of our Christian Education classes at any time throughout the year. For information about the Zoom Meeting links and details for each class, please contact Libby Engdahl Whiteley, our Christian Education Director. 

Children ages 3 through 8th Grade participate in "Godly Play". This Montessori-based program is a unique approach to religious education, inviting children to wonder about themselves, God and the world in a way that is playful and meaningful to them.  Godly Play respects the innate spirituality of children and encourages them to use their curiosity and imagination to experience the mystery and joy of God. All of our teachers and volunteers attend Safe Church Training and submit to a background check.

Our teachers follow the PCUSA "Godly Play" and "We Believe" curriculum, which teaches children who God is, who and whose they are, and what they are called to be and do. Our "Gateways to Worship" program offers kindergarteners a year of introductory lessons to worship, sacraments and the church year.

Adults have several Sunday School options, as well! The “Through the Bible Class” meets every Sunday following the Live-Streamed Worship Service, using The Present Word curriculum.  Our Fall quarter will be hosted via Zoom Meetings. For more details, please contact Libby Engdahl Whiteley, our Christian Education Director. 

First Presbyterian Church is a family of faith. We are a large and diverse community who share a common faith in Jesus Christ. Together we celebrate God’s love through the various activities of our church. We warmly welcome you to participate in the life and ministry of this church. All of our classes are offered for members and nonmembers alike. We hope you will prayerfully consider joining one of the following classes for spiritual study. For more information about any of our Christian Education programs, please contact Libby Whiteley.

 

Present Word Adult Bible Study, Spring & Summer 2020:

Rev. Frank Yates is teaching a Bible Study series beginning May 2, 2020, using the Present Word Adult Bible Study Lessons that have been offered in the Chapel class.  These video presentations will begin with Zephaniah, the subject for the May 3rd unit. May 10th, will be on Zechariah 8.  Each week these presentations will be posted on Facebook and the FPC website. You can view them here or at the "Sunday School" menu item under the EDUCATION tab. 

Week 1: Zephaniah 3 - click here to view the lesson presentation for May 2, 2020.

Week 2: Zechariah 8 - click here to view the lesson presentation for May 10, 2020.

Week 3: Jeremiah 21 - click here to view the lesson presentation for May 17, 2020.

Week 4: Jeremiah 22 - click here to view the lesson presentation for May 24, 2020.

Week 5: Hosea 11 - click here to view the lesson presentation for May 31, 2020.

Week 6: Proverbs 1 - click here to view the lesson presentation for June 7, 2020.

Week 7: Proverbs 2 - click here to view the lesson presentation for June 14, 2020.

Week 8: Proverbs 8 - click here to view the lesson presentation for June 21, 2020.

Week 9: Proverbs 8-9 - click here to view the lesson presentation for June 28, 2020.

Week 10: Study of the Gospels - click here to view the lesson presentation for July 5, 2020.

Week 11: Study of the Gospels: Luke - click here to view the lesson presentation for July 12, 2020.

Week 12: Study of the Gospels: Mark - click here to view the lesson presentation for July 19, 2020.

Week 13: Study of the Gospels: John - click here to view the lesson presentation for July 26, 2020.

Week 14: The Book of James - click here to view the lesson presentation for August 2, 2020.

Week 15: Praise God and Encourage Your Neighbor - click here to view the lesson presentation for August 9, 2020.

Week 16: Last Lesson for Summer 2020 - click here to view the concluding lesson presentation for the Summer 2020 Series, August 16, 2020.