Christian Education

Each Wednesday morning, the Pastor leads a growing Bible Study group in the Conference Room at 10:30am, for an hour.  New members are welcome to attend.  We have an active Sunday School at 9:00am each Sunday from September to June, with classes for children of all ages, plus a confirmation class.  There is also an Adult Forum which meets to discuss religious and social topics of interest, sometimes using books or videos to provoke learning and discussion.

Teaching the children in the Sanctuary
Teaching the children in the Sanctuary

The nursery remains in session during morning worship and children come into the morning service for the children’s sermon and to share in the celebration of Holy Communion.  Older children and youth may share in the full worship service through training and service as acolytes, and through special Sundays where our young people take a leadership role in worship, particularly at Christmas and in the Youth Service in the Spring.

Special service activities with our young people over the last couple of years ranged from feeding the homeless on Monroe Park to Souper Bowl Sunday providing soup and salad for the congregation as a way of raising money for the hungry ($300 was collected), to leading worship on Youth Sunday, to collecting food for the hungry during Lent, to preparing young people for Confirmation as adult members of the church.  We also collected $2,500 for a village water well in response to World Water Day in March. Fun things included the Winter Celebration in January 2014 where our High School youth joined around 700 other High School youth from all over the Synod region at Eagle Eyrie, near Lynchburg, for the weekend. In June 2014 some of our young people attended a Youth Canoe and Camping trip with the Manakin Episcopal young people and in July, there was a coaching day for soccer with a picnic in the grounds of the Commonwealth Chapel, and then in August 2014, there was a joint afternoon for 6th graders through adults of arts, crafts and games. In July 2015, several of our young people attended the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit, and began the Autumn season with a paint party to make “Canvas Art” for the Youth Room.

Christian Education also takes a leadership role in creating Lent and Advent themes for congregational study and fellowship for the whole church.  There is a Sunday evening fellowship during Lent with a church dinner and program, and on each Super Bowl Sunday, the church youth provide a “Souper Bowl” lunch for church members and friends to raise money for the hungry.

Sunday Night Fellowship for Lent

The church meets together for an evening dinner with a program presented for all ages  on the importance of social or environmental issues. The “Burning Bushes” provide some of the music.

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