Where Faith Comes to Life
“At Grace Presbyterian Church we seek to offer more than Christian education. Christian formation should engage the whole person—intellect, passions, and spirit—in a process and practice of Christian maturity. It seeks to form or shape a meaningful way of being Christian and putting Christian faith into practice in the world.
With all ages we encourage everyone to be both a learner and a practitioner. - Diane Butler Bass, Process, Not Program: Christian Faith Formation for Vital Congregations.
Growing in Grace & Gratitude. Children begin to learn stories of God’s love by watching, listening, playing, and exploring in the context of a faith community. These stories and activities are part of Sunday morning childcare offered during worship by reservation. Please make a reservation by email to [email protected] by Thursday noon of each week, even if your child has attended previously. If you have not completed a child registration form since July 2021, please click here to do so.
For now this "Class" is virtual only. We will provide weekly Bible story, activities, music and other resources via our Children's virtual classroom.
Middle School (5th grade to 7th grade)
Follow Me. This class is specifically designed for those in grades 5-6-7. A New Year calls for a new approach, Follow Me, moves us beyond just hearing Bible stories to putting into practice what Jesus taught, said, and did.
This group meets in the Ormond Bldg. and via Zoom. Teacher: Sherry Kimbro
High School (9th grade to 12th grade)
Big God Big Questions. Confirmation classes for rising 9th graders and any high school students who have not yet completed confirmation. This is a Hybrid gathering: In-Person/Youth Rm in the Ormond Bldg; ZOOM Meeting ID: 837 5132 8155.
Teacher: Rev. Cathy Hoop
Each week's Follow Me adult reflection material is posted in the Virtual Rm.
This hybrid study, in-person (Conference Rm) and via Zoom, (Meeting ID: 868 2900 9150) meets each Sunday @ 9:45 a.m. Our guest teacher for October is Rev. Dr. (Lib) Caldwell. (Bio is below)
Following Jesus is a lifelong journey where we learn and do what Jesus said and did. It is also about doing and that takes practice, practice that puts faith and love into action. As we explore faith practices, we are diving into the essence of what makes us Christian.
Our October unit is: Welcome All. At the very heart of hospitality is a commitment to welcome one another, those who are like us and those who are not. The God we learn about in the Bible and from our faith ancestors desires a loving relationship with us. This relationship goes both ways; it’s not just one sided. We must:
● Welcome others as God welcomes you.
● See Christ in every person: friend, stranger, enemy.
● Know your gifts of hospitality and encourage others’ gifts.
● Challenge other-ing.
Rev. Dr. ElizabethCaldwell is an author, teacher, gardener and quilter. She taught for thirty years at McCormick Theological Seminary where she was the Harold Blake Walker Professor of Pastoral Theology. Her most recent book for adults is I Wonder, Engaging a Child’s Curiosity About the Bible (Abingdon Press, 2020). With Carol Wehrheim, she is the editor and author (with the help of many friends) of Growing in God’s Love, A Story Bible (Flyaway Books, 2020). Her most recent book for children is written with her friend and McCormick colleague, Dr. Theodore Hiebert, God’s Big Plan (Flyaway Books, 2019).