~ CURRENT SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES ~
Adult Education classes are offered each Sunday morning.
Classes begin at 9:45 a.m. and end at 10:45 a.m.
Messy Church begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 10:45 a.m. (except
on Celebration Sundays, when Messy Church ends at 11:00 a.m.)
New this year is a separate track of classes for adults that links their participation with the children and youth of the church. Every Sunday, the Messy Church program begins with all ages together in Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. for a joint opening. Following the opening at 9:45 a.m. the adults will proceed to room 25A (at the end of the Choir Room hallway) for their class and discussions of the topics that are loosely linked to the topics and themes that the children will be studying. This track of classes is particularly targeted to Young Adults, Millennials, and parents, but all adults are welcomed and encouraged to attend if they wish.
MODULE 2: November 3 – 24
Old Testament 101
This class, part of a 4-year cycle (Old Testament 101, New Testament 101, Christian Theology 101, and Spiritual Practices 101), will introduce readers to the Old Testament. How is the Old Testament organized? What is the basic history/chronology of the Old Testament? What different types of literature are found in the Old Testament, and what difference does that make for our understanding? What kind of spirituality is cultivated by the Old Testament? What challenges do we encounter in reading the Old Testament? As a “101 level” class, no prior knowledge of the Bible or Old Testament is necessary, just a curiosity about the Old Testament and a desire to be a more intelligent reader of the Bible. Bring a Bible.
Class Leader: Rev. Dr. Scott Ramsey
Class Location: Chapel
Whiteness: Let’s Talk.
As conversations about race and racism in the United States continue, it is increasingly clear that treating whiteness as a default or neutral category – something those who consider themselves white can think about if and when they choose – contributes to racial inequality. This class will examine whiteness and its effects on our lives, in our families, in the larger community, in our workplaces, and in our majority-white congregation here at Lewinsville.
- November 3: The role race plays in our heart.
- November 10 – Understanding white privilege
- November 17 – MLK and the strength to love
- November 24 – The role of race at Lewinsville, historically and now
All are welcome to join us, for one session or all four. While there will certainly be themes that continue throughout the four weeks, we’ll do our best to briefly provide any necessary context for the day’s conversation at the beginning of each session.
Class Leaders: Rachel Russell and Cathy Saunders
Class Location: Room 103
Messy Church – Spiritual Gifts/Faith in Life
November 10, 17, 24: For many Christians, the topic of spiritual gifts raises a variety of emotions. Some feel fear or frustration, wondering if they have a gift or feeling squeezed into a mold. Yet others find freedom in discovering their spiritual gifts. They realize there is not just one way to be a Christian. Rather, God values diverse ways of doing things and gives us different talents to serve.
Class Leader: Ref. Annamarie Groenenboom
Class Location: Room 25A
MODULE 3 (Advent): December 1 – 15:
Waiting for the Messiah – Chapel
Advent in Art, Legend and Music – Chapel
December 8, 15: Messy Church – The Bible Project/Advent Series – Room 25A
INTERGENERATIONAL CHRISTMAS EVENT: December 22
A Play: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Fellowship Hall
MODULE 4: January 5 – 26
Religion & Nationalism since the Protestant Reformation – Chapel
Music of the Avett Brothers & It’s Christian Roots & Symbolism – Library
January 12, 19, 26: Messy Church – The Liturgical Year-The Life of Christ – R00m 25A
MODULE 5: February 9 – 16
Why Do Christians Believe That? – Chapel
Exploring Christian Poetry – Library
February 16: Messy Church – The Generation Gap – Room 25A
MODULE 6: March 1 – 22
Prayer – Library
Earth Care-Lent 4.5 – Chapel
Why Do Christians Believe That? Pt. 2 – Room 103
March 15, 22: Messy Church – Spiritual Practices/Sunday to Monday – Room 25A
LENTEN STUDIES: March 29-31:
Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi on ”The Acts of the Apostles” – Fellowship Hall
MODULE 7: April 19 – May 17
“God of Vengeance” – Room 103
Getting Your House in Order – Chapel
Inquirer’s Class – Library
April 19, 26: Messy Church – Spiritual Practices/Sunday to Monday, Part 2 – Room 25A
May 10, 17: Messy Church – What’s the Least I can Believe and Still Be a Christian? – Room 25A
~ CURRENT WEEKDAY CLASS ~
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY with Bag Lunch
Each WEDNESDAY, a weekly Wednesday Bible Study will be held in the Chapel from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. The Bible study will generally involve an exploration of the biblical text that will be preached the following Sunday. The study will usually be facilitated by Rev. Scott Ramsey or whoever will be preaching the next Sunday.
Bring a bag lunch, a Bible, and a curious heart and mind. We’ll have fun digging into the Scriptures! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Scott .
ABOUT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AT LEWINSVILLE
Lewinsville offers a variety of classes and special events to guide us during the program year in our individual and corporate journeys of faith, discovery, discernment, and service.
Lively discussions on faith and social issues. Look for our “Faith & Public Policy” classes during select modules during the year.
Probing Biblical and theological study. Each Adult Education module includes a course on the Bible and/or theology.
Life skills and religion and the arts. Our Adult Education classes include one course in this subject area.
Family of Faith Focus. We have an ongoing group of parents who explore what it means and how to raise children in our reformed tradition.
Multiple times and places for learning, including online. Even if you can’t attend all sessions of a class during the 9:45–10:45 hour on Sunday mornings, come when you can. Watch for our annual Lenten Studies program during Lent with a Biblical scholar, our Salzman Lecture each fall, and special Inter-generational events with an education focus.
Faith has been described as belief, commitment, relationship, and mystery. Lewinsville’s adult education program, Christ Care groups, women’s circles, faith and public policy breakfasts, and men’s and women’s retreats are opportunities to explore these dimensions of faith with others.