These are the current Christian Education opportunities for Winter 2022. Have an idea for another class, or have any questions? Please contact Jennifer Vasquez, Director of Christian Education.
Age 3 – Grade 2: Godly Play and More
Our youngest members are invited to worship at the 10:00 service, receive Communion, and then meet the teachers in the Tower Room before going upstairs to the Godly Play classroom (aka, Children’s Chapel). Each week we will tell a new Godly Play story, ask wondering questions, or explore the world God made. We will wrap up around 11:15 so that children can still participate in Coffee Hour with their church family. It’s OK to drop-in as you are able! We are excited to share the stories and language of our faith in a way to is accessible to children.
Grades 3-5: Manna and Mercy
Students in grades 3-5 are encouraged to get a snack with their church family at Coffee Hour, then meet in the Library around 11:15 for class until 11:45. Each student who participates will receive their own copy of Manna and Mercy: An Interactive Edition for Kids. Children will enjoy this way of learning the stories of faith together in a meaningful and memorable way, and we will have fun with games and other activities as the students have interest.
Manna and Mercy is a hand-printed paraphrase of the bible, from Genesis to Revelation — a graphic novel of sorts, written with imagination, clarity, humor, and cartoons. Built around the twin themes of food sharing and forgiveness, it helps us to look at scripture with new eyes and rediscover how it can become a means of life and grace rather than destruction and death. Manna and Mercy was written and illustrated by the late Daniel Erlander.
Adult Class: Sojourners
Our Adult class has been exploring a course on Jonah featuring recorded lectures from the Bible Project, followed by discussion and application. We have been focusing on the broader context of the Hebrew Scriptures and skills needed to interpret texts. Starting in February, we will begin reading through the chapters of Jonah. We will use the “flipped classroom” model, where students will watch video lectures prior to attending the class and then we will discuss them together. If you don’t have time to watch the videos, you are still welcome to come for the discussion.
To view the videos, please click here. We will watch videos 22-25 in Unit 5, which is about Jonah, Chapter 1, for January 30th.
More background about the class:
Have you ever realized that the small book of Jonah is an allegory of the entire Hebrew Scriptures? After you complete this full class, here’s what you can expect to understand and be able to communicate:
- How to read a text like the Hebrew Bible
- The literary context and structure of the book of Jonah
- Hyperlinks between Jonah and the rest of Scripture
- The main idea and literary features of each chapter of the book of Jonah
- How to effectively teach or discuss the material in your context
Can’t attend on Monday evenings? The films are available for free here; watch at home and start a conversation with others about what you’ve learned!