At First Presbyterian Church, Christian Education is a priority. We offer several different Adult Sunday School classes as well as a Youth class and a class for Children K-6th Grade. Below you will find information on each of our Sunday School classes available every Sunday morning starting at 9 a.m. You will also find information on the many Christian Education opportunities that are available throughout the year.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
The Pathfinders class meets in the upstairs educational wing and their primary focus is “seeking God’s path for us through study and prayer.”
Periodically, members use a class-selected curriculum, usually consisting of video and study book. They are currently studying Adam Hamilton’s Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, which seeks to find a solution to the polarization of America’s viewpoints where people are less and less willing to listen to one another. Hamilton suggests that “thinking persons of faith model for the rest of the country a richer, more thoughtful conversation on the political, moral, and religious issues that divide us.” The class format is facilitator-led, with informal discussion.
- Adam Hamilton’s The Call
- Bruce Wilkinson – Secrets of the Vine
- Priscilla Shirer – Discerning the Voice of God
The Fellowship Class
The Fellowship Class meets in the Hospitality Room next to the kitchen on the gym level.
The class uses the “Present Word” Adult Sunday School Curriculum, a curriculum of close Bible study that has been popular with Sunday School classes “since Noah and maybe even Adam.”
The “Free-For-All” class meets in our church library and rotates teachers each month (or at the end of each lesson). They have studied many different topics, from the Lord’s Prayer and the Presbyterian Confessions. They have read through the entire Bible in a year. They favor lecture courses taught by DVD and are currently studying different biblical characters in a study from “The Great Courses” series.
YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S CLASSES
Youth Sunday School: Grades 7-12
Our youth meet in the Youth Crown Room (Room 302) each Sunday morning for discussion and Bible Study. They are currently using “echo the story” curriculum that uses an imaginative way to engage in the Bible through storytelling, creative reflection and dialogue. This approach helps participants discover meaning and identity in the biblical narrative. This class is facilitated by a group of committed parents and adults.
K-6 Children are invited to meet in the Sunday School room just to the right of the men’s restroom on the sanctuary level. Each week they study a Bible story and do a simple craft. The class is led by a group of adults on a rotating schedule. On 4th Sundays, they are led in songs and singing games in the big room at the south end of the hallway on the sanctuary level.
OTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Young people in grades 6-12 meet weekly on Wednesday nights for Bible Study and activities.
Our Women’s Circle meets the first Monday of every month at 10:30 a.m. for Bible Study and then potluck lunch at noon. The women use the PCUSA “Horizons” Bible study books each year. This year, they are using the current study, Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews by Melissa Bane Sevier.
Evening Studies and Other Periodic Studies
Many times throughout the year, additional studies are offered to specific groups (Women’s Group, Men’s Group, etc.) and on specific topics.