Christian Education at FPC
Sunday School (9:45am) In-person and Zoom Hybrid Classes
How do We Tell the Story in These Tough Times?
Christians have asked that of themselves for 2000 years! We have told the story of God’s love in secret in homes and catacombs. We have shared by telling stories orally to people who were illiterate. God’s people have passed on the narrative through print materials, pictures, film and now we find ourselves in a new time and are asking the question again. There are some new ways that we will try, some old models that we will keep. Some old ways will fade away. Our call is to continue to tell the Story. There will be many failures, but there will be many successes. Welcome to 2021!
Ages three through 5th grade will meet in a hybrid class. There will be an in-person class that will meet every Sunday in CE Room 217 at 9:45am. The class will also be available live on Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent out every week. We will observe COVID protocols in the classroom. All children and adults will be masked. Consequently, we will not end our time together with The Feast.
Children ages 3 through 5th 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.
6th through 12th grade Youth Ministry is currently planning its schedule and activities for the Fall 2021 semester. We’ll spend some time talking about life and what it looks like to follow Jesus in today’s world. As with all things, in-person gathering could change depending on Covid, so keep an eye out for updates!
Through the Bible Class
This class will meet at 9:45am in CE Room 219. The Fall quarter will focus upon acts of worship and praise that celebrate who God is and what God has done for God’s people using The Present Word curriculum.
The Gospel of John
Our other adult class will examine closely the Johannine literature of the New Testament, meaning the Gospel of John and the three short letters of John. We will see how Jesus is reinterpreted for the church of the 90's in the First Century, an updated Jesus to confront Roman persecution. All are invited and all are welcome. This class will be taught by Frank Yates. This will be a hybrid class. Participants are welcome to gather in the Kerygma Room at 9:45am or join in live via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed each week.
Week One Class Review, August 22, 2021: https://youtu.be/_ld9-LFhvbw
Week Two Class Review, August 29, 2021: https://youtu.be/PaWg11UZaBs
Week Three Class Review, September 5, 2021: https://youtu.be/3D7iauGl3WA
Week Four Class Review, September 12, 2021: https://youtu.be/Zj_lGH-nB_4
Week Five Class Review, September 19, 2021: https://youtu.be/7EDkngfMDuY
Week Six Class Review, September 26, 2021:
Week Seven Class Review, October 3, 2021:
How the Bible Actually Works – a six-week course featuring the Peter Enns book by the same name is coming in October via Zoom.
For more details about any of our Sunday School classes, please contact Libby Engdahl Whiteley, our Christian Education Director at email@example.com.
Past Adult Bible Study Lectures for Review and Contemplation
Resurrection 101: A Post Easter Study of the Risen Christ
A new Adult Sunday School Class entitled, Resurrection 101: A Post Easter Study of the Risen Christ will begin this weekend, led by Dr. Frank Yates. This course will examine many angles of vision regarding the resurrection. We will look at the Hebrew Scriptures; the debates between Sadducees and Pharisees; the resurrection narratives in the Four Gospels, how they are similar and dissimilar; the preaching of the Risen Christ in the Acts of the Apostles; the theology of Paul; and the other writings of the New Testament.
We will also address the notion of resurrection in the world religions (especially Islam), the Platonic notion of the immortality of the soul, and the various versions of reincarnation and Nirvana. We will also address the philosophical and scientific objections to resurrection.
Finally, we will consider our faith affirmations which say: "I believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting" and, "We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come." Please join us online on Sunday morning at 10:30am from April 11th to May 23rd. This course will take place during the Adult Sunday School slot.
If you missed it, you can watch Rev. Frank's weekly lectures on YouTube by clicking on the following links:
Week 1, 4-11-21: https://youtu.be/qFikF1hutu8
Week 2, 4-18-21: https://youtu.be/e1NQklKOuf8
Week 3, 4-25-21: https://youtu.be/4yMuCF6jG3A
Week 4: 5-2-21: https://youtu.be/88MdW1czVa4
Week 5: 5-9-21: https://youtu.be/Pg1zRzWaOek
Week 6: 5-16-21: https://youtu.be/Lq9PdYMA_sE
Week 7: 5-23-21: https://youtu.be/gFLNLZhUJdA