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.

*Note: Our regular CE activities, such as Sunday school for children and adults, Kids Club and Youth Group (listed below) resume in September.

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Sunday School for children

September 10th 9:15am

Sunday School for Adults

September 10th 9:15am

Junior and Senior High Youth Group

September 17th 6:00pm

Kids Club

September 20th 4:45pm

Senior High Mission Trip

 

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 Wednesday

Children in ages 4 through 6th come together midweek from September through May for dinner, games, crafts, stories, music and FUN.
Kids Club will kick off another great year on Wednesdays from 5:00–7:00pm.

Registration will begin at 4:45 pm. 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.

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

On Sunday, September 10th, the Adult Ed Sunday School class will begin a four week study on the book Waking Up White: Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. This will be our second Lydia’s Table gathering. You might remember in Pastor Lisa’s introduction of “Lydia’s Table” last year, the importance of face-to-face conversation was highlighted, which united generous listening, and learning together as we come together from different places to a place of dialogue and community. Why “Lydia’s Table? “We meet Lydia in Acts Chapter 16, a woman of significant means eager to hear the good news about Jesus from the Apostle Paul and his companions, eager to extend welcome and hospitality. Lydia made her fortune by selling that rarest of colors — purple, the pleasing blending of red and blue. Is it time for us to have some purple conversations – not for persuasion, but for understanding; not to blend into a formless gray, but to find the place of strong agreement, to listen to the places of passionate disagreement.

The Co-moderators of the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the PC(USA), the Rev. Denise Anderson and the Rev. Jan Edmistion have encouraged Presbyterians to engage in conversations around the book, giving all an opportunity to listen and learn together. Below is an excerpt from the PCUSA study guide:

“We need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Believe it or not, this was really good news to me when I heard it at the end of my first anti‐racism training session. What I understood in a second was that it is okay to be uncomfortable. I heard this in a room full of brown, black, and white people, all with different experiences, all wanting God’s justice to be made real, all committed to loving one another. Thinking about racism in such a setting made me mighty uncomfortable, just as reading this book did. There are two wonderful gifts from this experience, though: when we pay attention to our discomfort, we can learn and change and love each other better, and we are all always (always, always, always!) held in the grace of Christ.
Here’s the thing: Being uncomfortable isn’t the only thing going on when reflecting on the stories in this book. What you’ll find by using the questions below is that your life is much richer than you thought, it’s more vibrant, and you have way more resources than you thought you did for understanding what’s going on with racism in our country. Learning about how to interrupt racism is part of learning how to be a disciple of Christ. We’re learning how to love God and love others as ourselves.

For more information on the current offering, contact David Zaiser.

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