The Educational Mission of our Church:
- To learn the stories of the Biblical Faith;
- To become familiar with the Bible and to learn how to read it, interpret it, and apply its wisdom to one’s life;
- To develop a relationship with God and language for talking about it;
- To discover and practice basic values of the faith—compassion, honesty, respect, truthfulness, forgiveness, loving one another;
- To develop a life-long relationship to the church.
- You will be able to take with you a message that can nourish your soul and delight your spirit.
Each Sunday we offer Communion during both services and because of our commitment to radical hospitality we welcome to the table anyone who chooses to share this sacrament. Parents are invited to speak with their children and determine together whether the child is ready to participate. If you come from a different faith or orientation to the communion please follow your own conscience and know that you are unreservedly welcome.
For our young children, we use the Godly Play curriculum which enables children of different age levels to study the same story from the Bible, and allows for children to use their own talents to arrive at their own understanding of the story. This approach is consistent with our philosophy for how all of us develop a relationship with God and with the church–by coming to it through personal exploration and reflection.
The Sunday school teacher is the “Storyteller”, who tells the story from the Bible, using simple props, such as wooden figures, or a box filled with sand to represent the desert, or different colored felt underlays to represent the sea or the earth. After listening to the story, the children ponder questions, which always begin with “I wonder…” All answers are welcomed and accepted, and lively discussions may follow. After the wondering, we have a work period, or response time, for the children to process the story in his or her own way. There are a variety of choices at this time- the children can choose to use the actual story materials to re-tell the story on their own, or they have the choice of using art materials to color, paint, build, or create with clay. They may also choose to use dramatic play materials, or to write about what they are thinking about. After the work time, we get ready for our “feast” together, and Thanksgiving prayers before joining up with parents after their church service.
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Bible studies are offered Thursday mornings at 9:30-11:00am
Most Monday evenings at 7:30pm is a reflection series focused on a topical book.