Christian Education

It is the vision of the CE Committee to establish programs that bring to life Christ’s teachings. We believe in an environment that welcomes and nurtures everyone from the youngest to the oldest.

Our regular CE activities, such as Sunday school for children and adults, Kids Club and Youth Group (listed below) run from September–May.

email for info on

Christian Ed programs

Sunday School

9:15 am Sundays

Sunday School For Children Preschool – 6th grade begins in the Sanctuary to gather and sing.

With practice we do everything better. By practicing prayer, attending worship and Sunday school, singing, and being part of a faith community that celebrates diversity, we are able to help our children claim their place as children of God, welcome and loved in this place. In addition, parents and this faith community honor the promise we make at their baptism, giving them a faith that they can believe in and hold on to throughout life.

The first step was taken last year when an interactive worship service was incorporated into our monthly calendar. This afforded us an opportunity to experience what having children in worship looks like here, not only for the children but the entire worshiping community. This Fall we will take a second step forward as we focus on Worship in Sunday school. The children will learn about each part of the order of worship beginning on Celebration Sunday.

What makes this design unique is the ability for the children to consider where God is calling them to be as active participants. Is it as a liturgist, as part of art ministry or maybe is it behind the scenes designing the bulletin? They will be able to dedicate each week to one ministry or try on several to see where it is that God is calling them. It is CE’s desire to help children begin to understand what we do as well as embrace this time spent with God each Sunday morning. In January, we will begin looking at other ways that we as a congregation can embrace worship as full participants together.

If you would like to be part of this experience, please contact Mary Maleski, our CE Director mmaleski@hightstownpres.org

Call or text 609-954-8977

 
Sunday School for Adults

9:15 am Sunday in Kendall Lounge

Animation Series

on Faith

Each week the Adult Ed Sunday School Class will watch a short DVD episode on an aspect of Faith and reflect on a related question. There is no advance reading or need to be at the previous class. Consider joining us for a lively conversation and reflection each week. For more information on the current offering, contact David Zaiser.

Animate sessions:

April 22 Jesus | The Revolution Of Love | Mark Scandrette
What does it mean to walk in the way of Jesus?

April 29 Salvation | Abundant Life Now | Shane Hipps
The cross of Christ stands as a symbol of God’s saving work. But what, exactly, does it mean to be saved? From what? For what? Is salvation a reward we claim at death or something meant to change our lives right now?

May 6 Cross | Where God Is | Nadia Bolz-Weber
The cross sits at the center of our faith, and yet our understanding of what exactly happened on that cross remains conflicted and confusing. Was Jesus our proxy? The payment? The only way to appease an angry God?

May 13 Bible | A Book Like No Other| Lauren Winner
Why read the Bible?

May 20 Church | An Imperfect Family | Bruce Reyes-Chow
Bruce Reyes-Chow knows he’s not inventing the metaphor of the church as family. So he suggests we take our changing notions about what it means to be a family and let them seep into our understanding of the church.

 

Junior and Senior High Youth Group

Sundays 6-7:30 pm

6th – 12th Graders gather for games, fellowship, conversation and a brief devotional. Yearly events include community service and outreach, community building activities, biblical conversations, as well as a yearly retreat in the spring and a Mission Trip in the summer (for high schoolers).  Topics of conversations include, but are not limited to, their faith, movies, music, and the world in which they live. All denominations are invited to attend.

 

Kids Club

5:00–7:00pm Wednesdays

Children in ages 4 through 6th grade come together midweek from September through May for dinner, games, crafts, stories, music and FUN.
Contact Mary Maleski to register, or use the online registration form. All denominations are invited to attend.

 
Senior High Mission Trip

Youth in grades 9th – 12th grade are invited to attend a youth mission trip each summer. The youth have traveled as far as Alaska

and as close as our own back yard. The youth are required to attend youth

group and participate in fundraisers throughout the year in order to participate in this trip.

 

Help Wanted

Did you ever wonder what ministry
God is calling you to?

This year, with so much growth, we need adults, both women and men, in all areas of Christian Education. Our Sunday School program has grown and we need teachers for K-3 and 4/5/6 grades.

We need table parents and shepherds for Kids Club on Wednesday evenings. We really would love a few men to step up to help with this ministry! It is a weekly commitment from September–May. However, we are flexible and understand that there are weeks that you will need to take off. Maybe you are not ready to take the leap to serving every week; we have two other options open: we would love to hear from you if you have a craft, skill, or hobby that you are willing to share with the Wednesday gathering, or if you are willing to be a substitute when one of our regulars take off.

This year with Kids Club we have a group of rising youth that want to keep coming but would like more youth oriented activities. I would love someone to help co-lead this group! It is a delightful smaller group that have been our regulars for few years now!

Youth Group is also looking for Youth Leaders to work with this growing ministry.

For all opportunities to serve, email Mary Maleski, our Director of Christian Education, or text her at 609-954-8977.

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