We offer a Bible Study on the second and fourth Thursday evenings of the month at 7:00pm. We are currently discussing A New Heaven and a New Earth by J. Richard Middleton. Bible Studies in the past have included The Protestant Reformation, St. Augustine’s Confessions, the “Spiritual, but not Religious/Secular Tide,” “Creation Stories in the Old Testament, New Testament, and the Quran,” Lazarus as the Beloved Disciple in the Fourth Gospel, “How to Read the Bible,” and “The End Times.”
During the church season of Lent, we offer a six-week Lenten Series on each Sunday following the worship service and a brown bag lunch. The Lenten Series is suitable for middle school youth and older. Last year during the Sundays of Lent, we presented two films from 2018, Paul, Apostle of Christ, and First Reformed. In the past, for our Lenten Series, we have shown episodes of Little House on the Prairie, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Vicar of Dibley, The Twilight Zone, The Big Bang Theory, and the films The Young Messiah and Risen.
We also occasionally offer a Movie Matinee on Sundays following our worship service and a brown bag lunch. These are Hollywood films that have a spiritual message or raise values or issues that Christians should address. We do not show films for entertainment purposes (although it is a very entertaining way to talk about these issues!) but rather as part of the Christian Education curriculum of our church. Following the film, we stay to discuss the message or values in relation to our faith so that we may grow spiritually. Many of our Youth Group and older Sunday School children attend these films as well, and so, they are always suitable for a young age group. Films we have shown in the past include Wall-E, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Blind Side, To Kill a Mockingbird, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Whale Rider, Lilies of the Field, Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Plymouth Adventure, The Others, What’s Cooking?, and ParaNorman.
We have officially voted to become Open and Affirming toward the LGBTQ (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Questioning) community. We have an Open and Affirming Task Team that has studied the texts used as “weapons” against LGBTQ persons and has hosted the film The Perks of Being a Wallflower and the documentary For the Bible Tells Me So, both of which were followed by lively discussions.