Christian Education

In a community of Quakers, Christian Education can sometimes feel different than what you may find in other settings. Our education is not grounded in memorizing dogmas, nor in getting everybody to believe the exact same thing. We hold that Christ is our Inward Teacher, and that in community, our Friends can help us learn new ideas and higher ways of life that the Inward Teacher is revealing in the midst of us. We invite you and your family to join with us, and explore God’s inspiration for today. We provide multiple opportunities for people of all ages to expand their own spirituality.


Children's Ministries

9:00 AM Sunday School Classes

Preschool – Grade 2 (Fox Tails Room – second room on the northwest side of the education wing) Our curriculum is Living in God's Light - Journeys with Jesus. 

Grades 3 – 5 (Children of the Light Room – first room on the northeast side of the education wing) Our curriculum this fall for Preschool – Grade 5 is called Living in God’s Light--God Restores the People.  The focus on several Old Testament stories is to engage our children and families in the following ways: Calling our children to experience the transforming power of God’s love and shine God’s light into the world; Encouraging imaginative, interactive biblical storytelling; Exploring the meaning of the Bible with the gathered community; Cultivating the inner life of the Spirit through spiritual practices; Expressing faith through lives of compassionate peacemaking and service.

Grades 6 - 12  Radiate Class – Come to the basement for fellowship and discussion with Beth Henricks.

10:15 AM Children's Worship Children in Preschool through 4th grade are excused after the Children’s Message in Meeting for Worship.  Most Sundays they are divided into Pre-School/early elementary and middle school groups.  Each group will engage in worship and participate in an interactive Bible story with beautiful and appropriate props to create a participatory and full of life experience. A craft, game, or activity will accompany the theme of the Bible story each week.  


Multi-Generational Ministries 

9:00 AM Sunday School Classes

Coffee Circle/Wired Word (meets in second room on the northeast side of the education wing). Each week this class receives an e-mailed lesson, which explores scripture passages and current news events.  The group meets for discussion and insight, connecting those things written long ago to the lives we live today.  To add your name to the e-mail list, contact the church office.  Shared leadership.

 

‘We Make the Road by Walking’/Seeking Friends - Bob Henry will lead the group through the Brian McLaren book, ‘We Make the Road by Walking’. Together, we will explore what a difference an honest living, growing faith can make in our world today. This study will give us an overview of the Bible and guide the group through rich study, interactive learning, and personal growth. Each week will include reading scripture together, study time, and queries to ponder throughout the week.

 

Christ and Quakers/Parlor - Led by Dan Lee; this class will explore various viewpoints on Christ from George Fox, John Woolman, Lucretia Mott, Rufus Jones, Elton Trueblood and others.

 

Choir:  The choir rehearses every Sunday morning for the special music each Sunday as well as rehearsing for the Christmas Vespers and Easter.  The choir welcomes anyone interested in music and singing in a choir.  Choir Director: Shawn Porter.

Young Friends Youth Fellowship The YFYF group meets every second Sunday of each month. YFYF is a time where young Quakers can join together in unity while playing games, discussing current events, and find fellowship among other young spiritual seekers! Grades 6-12 are welcome to join us not only for our Youth Group Fellowship time, but also for our community service and activities. If you are the parent of a young person who you want to get involved, or if you are curious about your own participation in YFYF please contact the office with any inquiries or questions. Our current Youth Leaders are Ben Wertz, and Aaron & Michelle Thornburg.

 

Nursery care is available for children 2 and under, every Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m.