Christian Education Schedule
Christian Education @ FPC Winter 2020
Sunday School (9:45 - 10:40 am)
We are kicking off our exciting program year Sunday, August 18. There’s something for everyone! Childcare is available for babies and children kindergarten and younger for both services; children younger than 3 are invited to childcare as needed from 8:30 – noon every Sunday in the CE building.
All classes begin at 9:45.
Our children participate in Godly Play, an imaginative and spiritual approach that allows children to explore and articulate faith in ways that are meaningful and appropriate. The children may be picked up by parents no later than 10:40.
Ages 3 – Kindergarten – CE Room 210
Grades 1 – 6 – CE Room 217
Youth - This school year, 7th-12th graders will meet for Sunday School in the Southwest Room each week. We will also continue to build community alongside youth from other local churches through regular youth group gatherings and service opportunities. Confirmation will begin in January and go through Easter.
The Through the Bible Class will begin by exploring what it means to live in the Grace of God and perceive God’s Grace all around us. The winter quarter focuses on God’s gift of faith and how we respond to it personally and communally. The lessons from the Old and New Testaments illuminate how God’s grace affects the lives of all believers, as demonstrated by their obedience, gratitude, and holy living. The class meets in the chapel and uses Present Word Curriculum.
Unit 2: Dedicating the Temple of God
January 26: Solomon’s Blessing – 1 Kings 8:54-66
Unit 3: Jesus Teaches about True Worship
February 2: Single-minded Obedience – Matthew 4:1-11
February 9: Piety That Honors God - Ecclesiastes 5:1-6; Matthew 6:1-8
February 16: The Prayer of Jesus - Matthew 6:9-15
February 23: Perseverance in Prayer - Luke 11:1-13
Adult Sunday School Discussion Group:
The Doctrine of Discovery and The Great Commission: Reflections on Our Presbyterian Legacy in Indian Country
During the month of February, Rev. Dr. Wayne Mell will lead discussions about The Doctrine of Discovery. Originating in the late Middle Ages, this Doctrine has been used to justify European—and later American—conquest of indigenous peoples, the taking of their land, and their forced subordination or assimilation to the political, cultural, and religious institutions of the conquerors. Presbyterian mission among Native Americans is part of this larger story. In this class, we will reflect on the legacy of that mission, looking at it through the twin lenses of the Doctrine of Discovery and the “Great Commission” issued by Jesus in Matthew 28, which reads: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” A key component of our reflections will be to hear the voices of indigenous theologians who have been articulating their own identity and understanding of what it means to be, in the title of one book, “Native and Christian.” Another will be to ask ourselves, “Where am I in this story?”
This class will be held in the Kerygma Room each Sunday in February at 9:45am for Adult Sunday School.