Adult Christian Education happens in a variety of ways, but Sunday School classes and Bible studies are the most frequent methods at Pender. It takes an entire lifetime (and more) to know God; therefore, a variety of adult learning activities is offered year-round on Sunday mornings as well as during the week. All classes study scripture with differing topics and study styles. Study topics vary from the basics of the Christian faith, to a particular book of the Bible, and to Biblical principles for marriage and parenting. Study styles differ in the amount of pre-class preparation, teacher presentation, or group presentation. Adults are invited to visit all classes and find the study that meets their needs. The Grow in God Cluster always welcomes suggestions for new classes.
9:30 AM SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES FOR ADULTS
Bethany uses the International SS Lesson series as their curriculum. Lessons alternate on a quarterly basis between the Old and New Testaments. This class meets in room 200 next to the Fellowship Room. The teacher is Kay Matthias.
Cornerstone is led by rotating facilitators who guide discussions about Old and New Testament books and topics. Since this is a large class, the members support each other by sharing prayers and praise each week and enjoying regular socials. They meet in rooms 215 and 217.
Genesis to Revelation is a verse-by-verse Bible study that will enable you to understand what the Bible says, what the passage means, and how the Scripture applies to your life today. The study uses the Standard Publishing International Lesson Series plus other sources. They meet in room 218 & 220. The teacher is Rich Taddeo.
New Directions uses a variety of curriculum resources for topical studies. They usually participate in Pender church-wide studies. Rotating facilitators guide the weekly discussions. This group meets in room 206.
Seekers study Biblically-based topics which are discussed in a free format as opposed to lectures. The study books used are Inter-Varsity Press publications in the Lifeguide Bible Studies series. Topics are selected by class members and emphasize strengthening our faith for Christian living. Members are in all stages of faith and Biblical knowledge. This class periodically has social events in homes and in local restaurants. This class meets in room 216. Teachers are Stan and Dottie Kurzeja.
11:00 AM SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES FOR ADULTS
Work in Progress is open to anyone interested in discussing Biblical and timely topics, meeting new Pender folks, and sharing weekly joys and concerns. They meet in room 218.
Sunday Morning Nursery
The Nursery Program provides a safe, caring environment for newborns through age 4 during Sunday worship services, Sunday School, and other church functions throughout the week.
Silent pagers are provided to contact parents in the event of an emergency. Child care procedures as outlined in our Child Protection Policy are followed. Parents who utilize the nursery are encouraged to volunteer once per quarter. If you wish to volunteer for a shift in the nursery, please contact the Nursery Coordinator.
9:30 am Sunday School Classes for Children
Sunday School classes are structured and provided to children based on their age as of 9/30 or the school grade.
For safety’s sake we don’t list classrooms for children on our web site, but they are clearly marked in the building. We have classes for children from age 2 through Senior High School.
11:00 am Class Offerings for Children
Following the children’s time at the 11 a.m. worship service, Children’s Church is offered for Pre-Kindergarteners through Kindergarteners. Junior Church is offered for 1st graders through 5th graders.
Registration cards are prepared for each child and information about allergies is recorded.
Opportunities to Serve
Parents are encouraged to volunteer as a Sunday School teacher, helper, or substitute teacher on a quarterly basis. The Child Protection Policy training must be completed prior to serving in this capacity. Please see the contact information at the bottom of this page for more information.
Contact the Education Ministry Council
For more information about participating or volunteering in this ministry, the individuals listed below may be contacted by e-mailing the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the church office at 703-278-8023.
Pender UMC Education Brochure Sunday School 2012-2013