Advent Prayer Partners
We invite you to consider signing up to have a prayer partner for the season of Advent, December 3-December 24. This is the commitment with your prayer partner:
– Meet once each week for at least 15 minutes in person or on the phone. That could happen before or after church on Sunday, for tea, for lunch, etc. That’s four times during Advent.
– Between meetings, hold your partner in sacred energy and simple presence, their hopes, challenges and spiritual journey.
– Consider the Bible passages, themes, and images for each of the four weeks in Advent which we have prepared in the Guide to Advent Prayer Partners for your conversations and individual time of spiritual nurture.
Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 17, 5pm at Wentz Memorial UCC, 3435 Carver School Road.
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, Sunday, December 24, 5pm
Children and Youth
Sunday School Classes: Classes for Pre-K through 5th Grade meet each Sunday from about 11:15 a.m. following the Story for All Ages in Worship until about Noon. We use team teachers dedicated to the process of integrating community, the Biblical tradition, the arts, and social justice into the learning experience. We use a curriculum called Seasons of the Spirit, which follows the ecumenical cycle of readings and is supported by eleven denominations on three continents.
Our Whole Lives: Parkway UCC is committed to offering our young people opportunities to explore developmentally-appropriate questions of human sexuality, relationships, and family in a safe environment with trained adult leaders. The curriculum we use was developed by developmental experts and published by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Confirmation: We offer a school-year-long Confirmation experience for 6th and 7th graders to help them build community with their peers, learn about congregational life, learn about other faith traditions, engage in service learning, and discern whether they are ready to affirm their own baptism.
Special Projects: Parkway regularly offers opportunities for young people to offer service in the community and learn about issues of justice. We regularly bring in specialists in liturgical movement, meditation, music, and yoga to expand our children’s engagement with the spiritual life.
Sunday School Classes: We have two adult Sunday school classes: a Bible study class beginning at 9:45 a.m., which meets in the right side of the fellowship hall, and a discussion class called God is Still Speaking, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on the left side. The fellowship hall is at the far end of the hallway.
Contemplative Prayer Group: We meet each Wednesday at 6 p.m. to share in a simple ritual of Centering Prayer (a form of silent prayer), Lectio Divina (praying with scripture or poetry) and conclude with a simple Celtic Body Prayer. Contact the church office for more information.
Retired Men’s Group: The retired men’s group meets on Tuesdays every other month for lunch at the church and discussion of issues of retirement, the spiritual work of getting older, and building community.
Women of Parkway Group: The group is for all women of the church. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month, usually meeting at the church at 11:00 a.m. for discussion followed by lunch.
LGBTQ Bible Study: Beginning in 2018, the LGBTQ Bible Study will meet on the 2nd Monday of the month from 6-7:30pm and 4th Sunday from 7-8:30pm.
Parkway UCC and Rev. Liam Hooper offer an LGBTQ-focused Bible Study twice a month. All persons who identify as LGBTQ, in some way, are invited to attend. The focus of this group is to deepen our understanding, as LGBTQ persons, of our unique position in that community we call “the church” in ways that promote spiritual growth and transformation and increase our participation in the full body of believers. Contact Liam with any questions or simply show up on the second Monday at 6pm and the fourth Sunday at 7pm.