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Christian Education

We strive for a community where all people can grow in love and faith. Our programs offer deeper knowledge of the Bible, spiritual growth, and relationships that help us understand Christian community. Opportunities are available for all ages.  ​

Adult Christian Education

Sunday Morning Lectionary Class meets each Sunday at 9 am in the Auxiliary Dining room (downstairs, adjacent to Kirkman Fellowship Hall) and explores the Lectionary scripture text for that morning’s worship service. This class offers a chance to dig deep and grow spiritually. Participants gain a sense of the rhythm and flow of the life of faith. Contact Chris Klein if you have questions.

Wednesday Night Live Adult Study is a time of discussion and growth over books or Bible readings, led by Pastor Emma. The study meets from 5-6 pm during Wednesday Night Live, which runs October through April.

Children’s Ministry

Joyful Journeys is a Sunday School program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade which takes place during the 10:30 am service. Each Sunday, the children attend the first part of the worship service with their families in the sanctuary. Teachers offer Bible lessons, crafts, and activities focused on God's love and faithfulness.

Youth Ministry ​

Youth Group Schedule: Click here for the most up to date youth schedule.

Youth Group

Mid- and senior highs meet on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of each month for lunch, discussion, and activities.  Each week, over lunch, the youth discuss what they heard and experienced during worship that morning before beginning the activities planned for the day – first Sundays are spent at Cass Community Social Services, third Sundays are activities like games, crafts, or movies, and fifth Sundays involve a little of both: assisting with the 5th Sunday Potluck Lunch at the church followed by favorite games like “Ditch” (similar to hide and seek) or “Capture the Flag.” 

 

First Sunday Service

On the first Sunday of each month (October through May) the mid- and senior high youth travel to Cass Community Social Services in Detroit to prepare a meal for the residents there. Through this monthly event, the youth have grown in their faith, their understanding of and reaction to poverty, and in their relationships with one another and with the people of Detroit.

 

Mid-High Sunday COOL!

Mid-High Sunday COOL, our mid- high Sunday school program, meets during worship on the second, third, and fourth Sundays of each month. On these Sundays, the youth attend the first part of the worship service in the sanctuary and then are dismissed to attend Sunday school. The curriculum follows a three year rotation model so that, by the time they reach high school age, youth have taken a deeper dive into the Old Testament, the New Testament, and church history. Led by a group of nurturing volunteers, these lessons serve as a preparation for Confirmation Class, which is offered starting in 9th grade.

 

Confirmation

Confirmation is offered each year to youth who are in 9th grade or above.  Using the “Big God, Big Questions” curriculum, the youth take a deeper look at their faith and what it means to be a Christian and, more specifically, a Presbyterian.  At the end of the course, youth who would like to become members of the church are asked to prepare a Statement of Faith.  While many youth opt to write a couple of paragraphs, the Faith Statement can take many forms and past years have seen youth write and record songs or curate a photo gallery as expressions of their faith.  Confirmation Class is offered each year in the winter months.

 

Wednesday Night Mission Projects

On Wednesdays from 5-6:00 pm, in conjunction with other Wednesday Night Live programming, the youth meet and participate in local mission projects. Whether that’s making blankets to donate to children’s hospitals in Michigan, building a “birthday in a bag” for food pantries, or participating in other hands-on projects, the youth and advisors aim to make a difference in people’s lives.


Off Site Trips

Each year the youth have opportunities to participate in at least two off-site trips. Mid- and senior highs are invited to a winter retreat, held in February to coincide with a long weekend for most local school districts. Youth who have completed grades 8-12 are also invited to participate in a summer mission trip. Past trips have included serving places as close to home as Detroit or as far as Fairbanks, Alaska. We cycle through distances for the trips so that each youth will have the opportunity to participate in Michigan based trips as well as trips that require further travel.