Our goal for the 2013-2014 year is to create environments where adults can grow in their faith, learning more about God’s love and grace in a wide variety of ways towards whatever goal(s) they have set.
- Maybe you learn best by talking with others: we have a class this winter designed to build community while grappling with theological issues in a way that is relevant and real. It’s called “Animate.Faith.”
- Maybe you like to do your own thing, which may or may not be on Sunday morning: we have a class called “Cultivating a Spiritual Self” which is like an independent study where you can dig in to what you’re interested in with a little guidance and support built in through community.
- Maybe you’re new to NDPC or to this whole church thing: we’ve got a series called “Faith 101″ shaped by our pastors and staff to help you grow and apply your faith in the real world.
- Maybe you’re all about action and want to learn about what happens when church and society collide. We’ve got a series of classes, each of which is sponsored by a NDPC committee, to explore why we do the things that we do in Christian community, such as peace and justice work, caring for God’s creation, caring for the grieving and the sick, and exploring arts and music through our faith.
- Maybe you’re a parent or grandparent, an aunt or an uncle, or just a person who thinks kids are pretty cool, and you want to help the children in your life grow spiritually so that their faith journey will have a strong foundation. We have a series called “Stories of Our Faith,” which connects adult education to the children and youth program, exploring the same stories the children are learning, only from an adult perspective. Essentially, it’s a Bible study for big kids.
- Maybe you are a visitor and think this place seems pretty cool and maybe you’d like to join. We have “Inquirer’s Classes” to help you learn more about Christianity, the Presbyterian Church USA, and what makes this church unique.
- Maybe you aren’t exactly a morning person and would love to have some other times during the week when you can connect and grow with others here at NDPC. Stay tuned for more information on workshops or small groups where you can immerse yourself in a specific way to discern God’s calling on your life.
- Maybe you’ve got an idea for a class or workshop and might want to help plan it or teach it. We can connect you with people and resources to help you make that class happen or who can take your idea and run with it.
To really live into what our Reformed tradition calls the “priesthood of all believers,” we are making our model of education – more accessible through classes that run 4 to 8 weeks, making it easy to commit to teaching and attending! And this model is more adaptive through rotating all these different facets of faith and learning styles so we can all find something that feels right and stretch ourselves to learn in new ways too.
We are shaking things up this year – with the Holy Spirit’s help.
If you’d like to be part of the fun, join us on 9/8/13 for Rally Day where we’ll kick off our Christian Education program for adults, children, and youth.
September classes start 9/15/13 at 9:30.