We believe that Christian Education is not only for children, but is the responsibility of everyone who wishes to be more informed about issues of faith, social justice, and the Bible. From time to time we sponsor second-hour seminars to discuss topics such as the death penalty, and to be better educated about the religion of Islam, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Our Sunday school program takes place on Sunday mornings during worship. Children from ages four through eighth grade come to church with their parents at 10:00, participate in the prayers at the beginning of the service, gather with the pastor at the front of the sanctuary for a brief message for children, and then go to their classrooms, to study and play until the end of the worship service. Our current Director of Christian Education is Diane Lewis.
Faith Discussion Group
We have a Faith discussion group that meets on Wednesday evening at 7:00, in the pastor’s office. At the sessions, we usually read a biblical passage (or listen to the lecture), discuss the historical situation or customs surrounding the passage (or questions from the lecture), and discuss what implications we might discover for our Christian living today. Sometimes we stray far from the topic at hand, but our conversations are lively and thought provoking, as we share our faith perspectives. Our evening discussion ends with a brief worship service.
In this church we confirm young people in the ninth grade or older. Classes are scheduled by the pastor at the beginning of the school year, and confirmation is held in the spring. Young people are asked to explore a variety of topics such as God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, eternal life, and sacraments, and participate in the planning and leadership of a worship service. As part of the Confirmation process, young people are asked to participate in the life of the church through the activities of the Old Stone Youth Group, which meets on Sunday nights. (See Ministries.)