~ 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 4: January 5 – 26
CAN MUSIC SAVE YOUR MORTAL SOUL? – A SURVEY OF ROCK AS RELIGION
Can music save your moral soul? Join a group of fellow music lovers to consider how religion inspires popular music, and how music affirms spirituality. We will listen to a variety of genres and delve into the lyrics, symbolism, historical context, and more.
- Class 1 – January 5 – Gospel, Soul, Early Folk
- Class 2 – January 12 – Reggae, Early Rock and Roll – 70s, 80s, 90s
- Class 3 – January 19 – Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, Modern Country
- Class 4 – January 26 – Current Day Music, Rap, Hip Hop, Kanye
Class Leaders: Joe & Suzanne Parisi and Dave & Pattie Gunter
Class Location: Room 103
NATIONALISM AND RELIGION SINCE THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION
Nationalism, like the nation-state itself, is a modern creation, and it is a product in no small measure of cultural differences created by the Protestant Reformation. But it also raises significant theological issues that are still very much in play in today’s world. The purpose of this set of lectures is to explore some of those issues in the light of the relevant history. Particular attention will be paid to the evolution of Christian (especially Protestant) views.
- January 5 – The Splintering of Christendom in the West and the Rise of Modern Nation-States
- January 12 – The Rise of Nationalism; Divergent Protestant and Catholic Responses
- January 19 – Globalization and the “New” Nationalism
- January 26 – The Idea of the Christian Nation and Religious Pluralism
Class Leader: R. Bruce Douglass
Class Location: Chapel
MESSY CHURCH ADULT BREAK OUT GROUP (January 12-26)
THE LITURGICAL YEAR-THE LIFE OF CHRIST – Following the Messy Church Celebration (January 5), Adults are invited to explore the meaning in the Liturgical Year with all it’s symbols and colors.
The Christian Church Year is a convenient, colorful tool for leading Christian communities to understand and celebrate the story of our Lord and the Church, as well as our own stories!
Each member of the class will receive a copy of the booklet and tool for the family, I Love To Live The Story, which summarizes the essentials about the Church Year—the message of its seasons and days, as well as basic details to aid in celebrating them.
Class Facilitators: Debbie Leavens & Ruth Baxley
Class Location: Room 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.