Christian Education

We strive for a community where all people can grow in love and faith. Our programs offer a 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.

The Prayground in our sanctuary offers dedicated space for children and families to worship at our 10:30 am service. We know it’s hard to get to church with little ones in tow, so we try to make it a little easier for the whole family. We believe you’ll come to value attending church as a family as much as we value having the kids here! The Prayground offers comfy seating for children, space for parents to be nearby, quiet activities, and faith-based toys for kids. 

Wednesday Night Live!

WNL is a mid-week evening of programs that offer intergenerational activities, Adult Study, and kids and youth activities, and dinner. Wednesday Night Live Dinners are created by our own chef, Randy Jarman. Enjoy dinner or any portion of the activities that fit your schedule. Dinner reservations can be made by calling the church office at 248.541.0108 or sign up in the Christian Education lobby. WNL dinner: Adults $8.00, children Pre-K through 12th grade eat free!

 

5:00 pm: Preschool Music

                  Elementary Kids in Christ (KIC) Club

                  Youth Mission Projects

                  Adult Study

5:30 pm: Preschool Kids in Christ (KIC) Club 

                  Elementary Music 

6:00 pm: Wednesday Night Live Dinner

Youth Ministry ​

S.T.A.G.E. Youth Ministry Letter

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.

 

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