Covenant Presbyterian Church|
2001 North Coalter Street
Staunton, Virginia 24401
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
January - May 2013
We all are on journeys of faith. To be a Christian is to be a sojourner, one who is trying to walk the path of faith and faithfulness. We don’t always know where it will lead, but we trust God to guide us along the way. Here at Covenant we welcome everyone to join us. Whether a cradle Christian, curious seeker, confirmed skeptic or committed disciple there is a place for you, for we travel this road together! In this brochure you will find opportunities to nurture your faith regardless of where you are on the journey. There are Bible studies for scholar and for novice alike, book studies for engaging discussion with other sojourners, discussion groups to reflect on the path we tread, fellowship opportunities to break bread together with friends new and old. Come and join us on this journey of faith, for wherever you are on the journey, there is a place for you here!
~ John Peterson
|New Short-term Classes Offered ~
The Acts of the Apostles: The Emergence of a Christian Identity ~
We will be studying the book of Acts—not in its entirety (!)—but looking together at select narratives and how they reflect the emerging identity of the early Christian Church as distinct from its roots in first-century Judaism. We will explore these narratives through the lens of certain themes that shaped this identity: for example, Clean/Unclean; God’s Chosen People; Circumcision; Missionary Activity; and the Messiah. This class will meet in the Fellowship Hall and will be led by Riikka & Steve Halme-Berneking beginning Sunday, April 7th and continuing for seven weeks, ending May 19th. Come join us!
Marriage Class ~
Join us for a marriage class for people who are more interested in laughter and sound advice over grousing and trite sayings. Utilizing videos from Dr. John Gottman, we’ll look past the “communication, communication, communication” response to the question of marriage enrichment. We’ll also explore the idea of marriage as an avenue for knowing God more deeply. We’ll meet for four weeks beginning April 10th from 7 -7:45PM following TOW.
We invite you to explore the full range of CE offerings at Covenant.
SUNDAY SCHOOL (9:30 AM)
Adult I - Drawing from selected texts from Hebrews and Acts of the Apostles, the Present Word curriculum moves participants toward a definition of faith and study of faith through the lens of the early church. Led by various teachers. Room 6
Adult II - This class will begin a new book entitled The 4:8 Principle authored by Mr. Tommy Newberry – based on the Scripture passage, Philippians 4:8. The sub-title is “The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life.” The author maintains that unfortunately, we live in a society bent on nursing old wounds and highlighting what is wrong with just about everything. He states too many of us have grown accustomed to viewing the world, our lives, and ourselves through a lens of negativity – and that negativity stands in direct contrast to the passionate, purpose-filled people God wants us to be.
In this exceptional book we will learn how the Apostle Paul challenges us to seek out and dwell on the positives in our lives. Whether you are at a low point or a high point in your life, The 4:8 Principle can help you experience joy by design – God’s design. This really is the secret to a joy-filled life. Please join us for some great discussion and perhaps discover why each moment is a fresh start…when you change the way you think. Led by Richard & Donna Esther. Room 5
DOKIMASIA - This class will use a book as a starting point for discussing living Christian life in the modern world.. Led by Melissa & Sam Hostetter. Room 1
SHORT-TERM SERIES -
Bible 101: An Overview
(January 6 - February 10)
Not sure why the Old Testament is old and the New Testament new? Having trouble finding Isaiah and Jude without an index? Join with us in this introduction to the Bible intended especially for those who have spent little or no time with the Scriptures of late or who have long-forgotten what they once knew. Led by John Peterson and Amy Fetterman Fellowship Hall
The Many Faces of Christ
(February 17 – March 24)
Jesus in America has had many different roles: he’s a successful salesman and CEO, an enlightened philosopher and ethical teacher, a hipster, a political radical. During Lent we will examine how Jesus has been represented through word and image across our nation’s history as we engage the question Jesus asks his disciples: who do you say that I am? Led by Amy Fetterman Fellowship Hall
Bible Study with Steve & Riikka
(April 7 – May 19)
Join with our resident biblical scholars Steve and Riikka Halme-Berneking as we explore the Scriptures a little more in depth together. (Particular focus TBA) Led by Steve and Riikka Halme-Berneking Fellowship Hall
Join us at 10:30AM to take an in-depth look at the text for next Sunday’s sermon and share perspectives with John and Amy as together we consider how the text speaks to us. Fellowship Hall
TAP INTO FAITH - 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 7pm
Ever feel like there are questions about faith you couldn’t say out loud? Ever feel like answers to questions just brought up more questions? You’re not alone! Join together with Covenant friends and community members as we wrestle with tough issues of faith and life. Bring with you your questions and a friend who has a wondering mind like you.
Horizon Bible Study - 2nd Tuesday 10am & 2nd Tuesday 1pm
Dispatches to God’s Household: The General Epistles
by Nancy Benson-Nichol.
Enjoy this time of study and fellowship. Breezeway
Novels & Needles - 2nd Friday 10am
This book club meets monthly through May. Breezeway
Sunday School – Join your fellow senior highers for a Sunday school experience that’s been called “God-caffeine” for Sunday mornings. The group will engage dynamic and amusing videos about faith, theology, and biblical stories. Come explore your faith with friends! 9:30 Sunday mornings. Led by Blake & Shannon Brown and Joan & John Sayers.
Senior High Room
Coffee House Bible Study – Need an afternoon pick-me up? Then come grab some coffee or a soda and conversation. Every Tuesday from January 8th - May 7th, 3:45 - 4:45PM, explore the wonderful stories of the Torah (a.k.a. the first five books of the Bible)! Led by Amy Fetterman. Blue Mountain Coffee.
Sunday School – Fellowship, fun, and great conversation: what more could you ask for? Class will engage Scripture and talk about where it intersects with life. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
Led by Kathy Henderson and Karen & Michael Martin. Middle School Room
No Sunday School - March 31st
SUNDAY SCHOOL (9:30AM)
Infants - Nursery is provided for babies through18 month-olds during the Sunday School hour by Nursery Caregivers and Huggers & Helpers.
Toddlers - Stories, songs and play utilizing Rock-a-Bye materials introduce toddlers to Sunday School.
Amanda Campbell & Ashley Kane, Teal Room
CHILDREN, PRE-K THROUGH 5TH GRADE,
WILL ALL BE UTILIZING THE
WALK WITH ME CURRICULUM
DESIGNED TO HELP CHILDREN
KNOW OUR LOVING GOD,
GROW IN VIBRANT FAITH,
AND SHOW GOD’S LOVE TO OTHERS.
Pre-K - Preschool children are led by Ruth Gardner & Janey Terry, Blue Room
K-1st - Our Kindergarten and 1st grade class is led by Becky Earhart & Karen Peterson, Yellow Room
2nd & 3rd Grades - These grades are led by Vicki Bellamy, Amy Diduch and Beverly Riddell, Green Room
4th & 5th Grades - With a classroom on the Education Wing, 4th and 5th graders are led by
Curt & Diana Bohart and Clayton & Tom Brooks, Room 2
MUSIC FOR CHILDREN
Alphas (ages 3 through 1st grade) practice from 9:15-9:30AM in Imagination Station (Red Room) on the Children’s Floor. Alphas will share their music during the 10:30 Worship Service on January 13, February 10, March 10, April 28, and May 12.
Omegas (2nd graders through Middle Schoolers) gather each Wednesday evening of TOW, beginning at 5:30PM in the Choir Room. Omegas will share their music during the 10:30 Worship Service on February 10, March 10, April 28, and May 12.
Together On Wednesday Music is offered from 6:30 - 6:45PM each Wednesday evening of TOW.
Covenant offers a variety of exciting opportunities and experiences for all ages. We seek to nurture each person in their own personal Christian faith journey through a balanced program of worship, study, service, and fellowship. Learning together, we continue to experience God’s love and care for us as our faith grows in a nurturing community.
Ministry with Children
Sunday School – Sunday morning classes meet from 9:30–10:15AM, September through May. Classes are available for toddlers through adults with nursery care for infants.
Godly Play – Each Sunday during the 10:30AM worship, September through May, children ages 4 through 1st grade are invited to a special worship, where they will learn Bible stories through interactive storytelling.
Children’s Worship Notebooks – Notebooks containing coloring pages and activities are available in a basket in the Narthex.
Children’s Drama – Storytelling through dramatic arts for and by children is incorporated in our Christian Education program. Recent opportunities included presentations by our children and youth during Advent and Lent.
Vacation Bible School – This action-packed week in early summer includes hands-on Bible stories, creative crafts, lively music, fun games, and tasty snacks. There is no cost to attend, and friends are welcome.
Ministry with Youth
Sunday School – Each Sunday morning, there are opportunities for Middle School and Senior High youth to study and explore their faith and life.
Youth Groups – Youth groups for Middle School and Senior High youth meet throughout the year for fellowship, study, service, and fun. During the school year from September through May, the Senior High youth gather each week for God-Talk (lunch and theological conversation) at noon. The Middle School youth gather each week for Sunday School and every second Sunday of the month for Sunday Night Live from 5-7PM (games, dinner, and an educational program). Other activities such as mission events, fellowship gatherings, lock-ins, and more are also scheduled throughout the fall and spring semesters. The youth are also invited to participate in mission trips and youth conferences during the summer.
Confirmation – Youth (8th grade and older) are offered the opportunity for this serious step in their journey of faith. Confirmation at Covenant finds youth talking about their faith – in whatever shape or size it may come – with other people, and in so doing, hopefully coming to understand what they believe a little better.
Sunday School – Multiple class offerings vary from in-depth Bible study, to book studies with shared dialog, to discussion groups on current issues and how they relate to our faith.
Bible Study – The pastors lead a Bible study each Monday at 10:30AM, September through May, which focuses on the texts to be used in worship the following Sunday.
Inquirer’s Class – Led by the pastors, this class is offered several times throughout the year for those new to the church or interested in learning more about the Presbyterian Church (USA) and Covenant.
Novels & Needles – This book club meets the second Friday of each month at 10AM, September through May, in the Breezeway.