CHRISTIAN EDUCATION / FAITH FORMATION
Our Christian Education programs invite people of all ages to participate in the ministries and missions of Christian faith. These programs include Sunday church school, learning center events, adult education opportunities, second hour activities (following Sunday worship), youth fellowship and service programs, and confirmation instruction for ninth graders.
This September we will be using a curriculum published by Illustrated Children’s Ministry and is titled—An Illustrated Invitation: Joining God at Work in the World. This 12-week curriculum is geared toward children from preschool to sixth grade where participants will engage with biblical stories in both the Hebrew scriptures and New Testament to explore ways we join God at work in the world.
The lessons are designed to be no-prep and easily adaptable to varying ages and class sizes. This is especially important during this time of transition when we will be seeking volunteers to assist with teaching.
Church School is offered Sunday mornings, from September through mid June, for children ages kindergarten through grade 8. Children generally begin their Sunday morning in Worship with their families, and leave for church school at a designated time. Child care is available for infants, toddlers and preschoolers in our Toddler Room.
First Church is hiring a Coordinator of Faith Formation and Congregational Care. This person will work as a partner to develop and implement programs with a focus on opportunities for members of all ages to experience the love of God, to grow in faith and to demonstrate faith in mission and service to others. The position requires experience working with youth, young adults and families in Faith Formation (Christian Education) or other related field; effective communication skills (verbal, written and through technology), the ability to develop and maintain healthy relationships with members and friends of the congregation and a BS Degree or equivalent. The job entails 12-15 hours per week, 3 Sundays per month (1st Sunday in worship; 2nd & 3rd Sunday with children). Schedule to be determined in collaboration with Minister. This is an hourly position
If you know of someone who would be interested, please contact Rev. Margret for more information or send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Held the First Sunday in Advent, Sunday, December 2nd, from 4-6 pm, our Advent Workshop is a wonderful afternoon of Food, and Fun, and Fellowship! Plenty of seasonal crafts, wreath-making for adults, a Christmas sing-along, and often a visit from Santa himself!
The Redemption of Scrooge
A four-week Advent Series based on Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
From the book—
“During the Advent season we gather in the present to ponder the past for a future hope. A Christmas Carol is a beautiful story for the Advent season because it is a tale in which the past, present, and future all come together in one transformative night (p.22).”
This study was developed by Rev. Matt Rawle, a UMC minister and author of the Pop in Culture series. Through reading, prayer, and conversation we will explore the world of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Cratchits with an eye to Christian faith. Along the way we will meet the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come and learn about living with and for others in a world blessed by Jesus.
I hope you will join me as we move from “Bah! Humbug!” to a Blessed Advent and Merry Christmas.
Tuesday, Nov. 27th; Dec. 4th, 11th and 18th. Time to be determined.
Study guides will need to be ordered, so please contact Rev. Margret
no later than Nov. 14th is you are interested in participating.