Educational
Ministry

Faith Formation with Adults

 

A variety of classes and groups are offered throughout the year to meet the varied needs and interests of members and friends. These include theological and biblical studies, book groups, and classes that cover topics such as social issues, environmental concerns, problems in the U.S. and around the world, preparation for church trips, and other topics that merit our attention. A connection with our faith, though not always explicitly stated, is always implied.

Sundays: Depth and Breadth

"Sustaining Creation"

Starting Sunday, September 17 at 9:00 am, the Christian Education Board will be offering an 8-week series called "Sustaining Creation." The curriculum is “intended to guide Christians on an extended journey to a new understanding of our Call to live sustainably with all of God’s Good Creation. Richly grounded in scripture, this series includes reflections, interviews with Creation Justice faith leaders, taps into the wisdom of noted authors, takes the audience on location to ponder the Climate Crisis and includes discussion time so that together we can seek to discern how God is calling us to respond.” Childcare will be provided.

Monday Morning Bible Study

The Monday morning Bible study class features weekly discussion of the Bible and related biblical studies topics. In 2016-17 the group will discuss world religions - Islam.

The varied backgrounds of the class members contribute significantly to the discussion. The class meets at 10:00 am in Room 8 from September through May, led by Richard Davidson.

Lenten Soup Supper and Discussion Series

The Board of Christian Education Adult Education Committee and the Board of Deacons hosted a soup supper and discussion series Sundays in Lent. Attendees spent time reflecting on our congregation's sixty years of ministry in Annandale, in Fairfax County, in Virginia and throughout the world. Each session was shaped by the newsletters, annual reports, photographs and historic items lovingly tended in our church archive.

Women's Ministry

The character and scope of the offerings of this group change over time depending upon the suggestions from women of the church and the planning team's discernment. Some of the offerings of the group are:

Covenant Group: a gathering of women who share prayers, joys and concerns with one another through meetings and brunch gatherings. There are currently four covenant groups, each of which focus on a common interest such as "moms who work outside the home" and "social justice".

Women's Book Group: a gathering of women who meet approximately every other month on Sundays at 11:30 am, to discuss books of mutual interest. Leadership is volunteered. All women are invited and encouraged to attend whether the book has been finished or even opened!

March 2017: The Children Act by Ian McEwan

May 2017: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

July 2017: Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald

September 2017: Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown

November 2017: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

January 8, 2018: Poetry

Previous Book Group selections may be found here.