Faith Development


Programs for Adults

Winter 2017 Book Discussion Groups

Choose a book (or 2 or 3) and sign up! Choose from fiction, Christian spirituality, how change in the world affects the church, or even Harry Potter!

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Programs for Children and Youth

Our SchoolHouse is not what you'd expect in a Sunday School:  spotlights, mics, keyboard, sound system, exposed pipes and old heater, carpeted risers with comfy pillows, gymnastic mat, neon black-glass board, smart TV & Wi-Fi, with a very cool brick wall created by church member (and muralist) Hank Prussing and the four ninth graders who helped dream up this space.

We call it a one-room schoolhouse, harkening back to the olden days, because we are mixing ages and also because we're inviting elders to teach forgotten skills like storytelling, sewing, letter-writing, inventing, planting, and repairing. Like everything else, faith evolves, and spiritual perspective and wisdom are hard-won, but the themes Jesus taught remain the same:  grace, compassion, forgiveness, and rebirth. Welcome to our new-old SchoolHouse!

To learn more about Godly Play, click here.

Nursery care is always available for our youngest.

SUNDAY NIGHT YOUTH is a program for kids in grades 10-12. Meeting in the newly refurbished youth room (think rec room on steroids), they meet every Sunday evening for consideration of a timely topic, through… music, YouTube videos, movies, guest speakers, TED talks, books, service, art, meditation, science, thinking, and exploring! In a safe environment of trust, youth are encouraged to get in touch with a spiritual self and sense of meaning at the same time they connect with the world beyond.

FAITH-ED is a class for 9th graders to explore their faith. Topics include… the foundations of Christianity, differences between Catholics and Protestants and how they separated, how the Bible was written, exploring the difference between exclusivist, inclusivist and pluralist religious perspectives, the dialogue between science and faith, what being “congregational” means, meditation and prayer, world religions, different Christian denominations, and much much more.

No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey,

you are welcome here.

Adult programs.

Women’s Spirituality Group. The Women’s Spirituality Group encourages women members on their spiritual journeys through reading, discussion and annual one-day retreats. The group has explored such diverse books as “When the Heart Waits” by Sue Monk Kidd, “Take This Bread” by Sara Miles, and “Grace Eventually” by Annie Lamott. The group meets twice a month, and offers a morning or evening session.

Bible Study. This group meets every Thursday from 10:30 am to noon, generally exploring the scripture passages that will be used the following Sunday.

Sunday Morning Forums. At these informal sessions held after worship in Cook Hall, participants generally share a light meal of soup and bread and explore a topic related to the morning’s sermon. Recent discussions have focused on such diverse issues as life after death and immigration.

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