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.) There is no Discipleship for children and youth during the summer.
Sunday Discipleship Rotation for children, grades K-5, returns for a second 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 Joseph and His Brothers, Joseph and Pharaoh, Esther, Daniel, Christmas around the World, the Boy Jesus, Zacchaeus, Healing the Paralytic, the Prodigal Son, the Last Week with Jesus, Palm Sunday through Easter, Stewardship, and Peter and the Early Church.
Each week elementary children will rotate between centers as they explore the Biblical story through a different lens. For instance, in Joseph and His Brothers, children will explore the story of Genesis 37:1-28, through music, games, and science. (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) Young people focus on three themes this year: Knowing God; Nativity, Baptism, and Wilderness; and Paul and the Prophets.
Confirmation (F&E 204) An engaging nine-month class for 8th graders to explore who they are and what they believe. Class includes community outreach, service, and at least one off-site retreat.
9th-12th Grade (F&E 206) The New Testament Church—The Essence of Fellowship. It seems like something that started 2000 years ago may not have much relevance to us today, but the community that began back then has a lot to teach us about the kind of community we can have today.
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. Curriculum samples are available outside the upstairs F&E Conference Room.
*Current Events (A&E 405) This discussion-based class helps connect current events with our faith and Scripture.
Faith & Family (A&E 402) Using multiple curriculum, Faith & Family focuses on Bible study and topical studies pertinent and applicable to families.
9/18—Fear of the Other Author Will Willimon invites readers to consider the gospel command to love (and not merely tolerate) those considered to be “Other” or outside mainstream Christian culture.
Future studies include an Advent study, At the Crossroads (looking at getting ready to retire), The Call (explores the ministry of Paul), Hollywood Jesus (how does Hollywood portray Jesus), Half Truths (simple phrases that miss the point), and The Shout (hearing God’s voice among the community).
*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 begins where we left off last year with Believe: Living the Story of the Bible to Become Like Jesus. After a 4-week Advent study, the class will examine the Gospel of Luke, reading the Gospel verse by verse and using commentary insights to help discern Luke’s message then and for us today.
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. Studies coming in 2016-17:
9/18—Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World, by Melissa Spoelstra.
Future studies include Pew Sisters, by Katie Schuermann; Mosaic, by Shane Stanford; Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely, by Lysa Terkeurst; and 1 Corinthian: Living Love When We Disagree, by Melissa Spoelstra.
*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.
9/18—5 Love Languages of Children Authors Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell help participants discover how to speak your child’s love language in a way that he or she understands.
Future studies include Soul Keeping, by John Ortberg; Half Truths, by Adam Hamilton; The Circle Maker, by Mark Batterson; Before Amen, by Max Lucado, and Love Does, by Bob Goff.
*Indicates the class will meet during part of, or for the entire summer, 2017. Adult Discipleship classes are from 8:45-9:45 a.m. during the summer. Child care is available.