We offer a Bible Study on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings of the month at 7:00pm. We are currently discussing the Protestant Reformation in honor of the 500th anniversary of that significant event. Bible Studies in the past have included St. Augustine’s Confessions, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, the “Spiritual, but not Religious/Secular Tide,” and “Creation Stories in the Old Testament, New Testament, and the Quran.”
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. 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.
In addition we are currently engaged in the process of discernment for welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning persons into the full life and ministry of the church. We have an Open and Affirming Task Team that is leading this discernment process which has been involved in a Bible Study on 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.