9:45-10:45 a.m. September through May (F&E is the Fellowship and Education Building; A&E is the Activities and Education Building.)
Sunday Discipleship Rotation for children, grades K-5, returns for a third year. Over the course of nine months and 13 themes, children will explore stories of Scripture through drama, science, cooking, games, crafts, storytelling, and more! Themes include Abraham & Sarah, Isaac & Rebekah, Jacob & Esau, Joshua& the Walls of Jericho, the Birth of Jesus, Jesus’ Baptism & Temptation, Jesus & the Samaritan Woman, Parable of the Great Feast, the Miracle at Cana, Jesus’ Last Week, the Greatest Commandment, and Jesus’ Resurrection.
Each week elementary children will rotate between centers as they explore the Biblical story through a different lens. For instance, in Abraham & Sarah, children will explore the story from Genesis through art, games, and storytelling. (F&E 200, 202, and 205.)
Ages 3-4 will discover many of the same stories older elementary children learn through in-classroom rotations, where they hear the same story in different ways. (A&E 300)
Childcare for infants and toddlers is in A&E 302.
6th-7th Grade (F&E 207) Using curriculum from Spark House, young people will begin the year looking at the bigger picture of the Bible and God’s love. From Genesis to Revelation, young people will discover God’s activity through countless generations in Echo the Story. Once they gain their footing in an overview of the Bible, the class will focus its attention on specific characters of the Old and New Testament in Ancestors.
Confirmation (F&E 204) In this engaging nine-month class for 8th graders, young people will explore who they are, what they believe, and what it means to be a member of Salisbury Presbyterian Church. The class includes community outreach, service, and at least one off-site retreat. Worship attendance is an expected part of the class.
9th-12th Grade (F&E 206) Much of this year young people will focus on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Not only will they discover who he is through Scripture, they will also be challenged to apply what they learn and the call to discipleship to everyday life during the week. Discipleship is not about living a life filled with knowledge about who Jesus is; it is a life living like Jesus did. The year concludes with young people looking at Following God through the lens of Hebrews.
Adult Sunday Discipleship provides an array of topics to challenge a diverse group of people in their faith journey. Each class meets throughout the year.
Current Events (A&E 405) is a discussion-based class that helps connect current events with faith ad Scripture. Participants of this class receive a weekly Wired Word email that takes a news event from the week and links Scripture to the news story and how we might respond.
Faith & Family (A&E 402) Using multiple curriculum, Faith & Family focuses on Bible study and topical studies pertinent and applicable to families. The class begins with Adam Hamilton’s Creed. In this book, Hamilton considers important questions of life, reality, and truth. He explores not only what Christians believe, but also why they believe it and why it matters.
Bible Study (A&E 404) Designed for those who want to take a closer look at Scripture, the Bible Study Class explores books and topics found within the Bible. The study this year looks at the books of 1&2 Timothy and Titus. 1&2 Timothy and Titus might be called “the Teacher’s Manual,” because so much of what they contain is about the kind of teaching that Christian leaders should – and shouldn’t – be giving. Just as Timothy and Titus needed help to lead their young churches well in the midst of powerful cultural forces, we need guidance for correct leading and living in our own context.
Mary Martha (A&E 400) The Mary Martha Discipleship class is designed specifically for women. This discussion-based class offers fellowship and study with a woman’s need in mind. The class begins with First Corinthians, by Melissa Spoelstra. Relationships are messy. Sometimes we struggle to get along, especially when there is disagreement. Often we find ourselves divided – even as Christian. How can we work out our differences and disagreements with humility and grace, always showing the love of Christ, while still remaining true to what we believe?
International Class (A&E Gym) This lecture-based class is the largest of the adult classes and uses the International Lesson curriculum. Members in this class follow a thematic, lectionary-based calendar in the study of Scripture.
Life Application (A&E 407) This class requires no preparation and provides plenty of opportunities to discuss, or to sit back and listen. Each week offers a stand-alone topic, making it is easy to pick-up after being away. In September the class begins with Max Lucado’s Out Live Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference. These are devastating times: 1.75 billion people are desperately poor; one billion are hungry . . . Lonely hearts indwell our neighborhoods . . . We are given a choice . . . an opportunity to make a big difference during a difficult time.
The Story (Office Conference Room) presents an overview of the Bible as one continuous story of God’s love for humanity. 31 weeks. The class is also offered on Sunday evenings, 6:00-7:30 p.m. beginning September 17.