Education and Spiritual Nurture




Epiphany Season Small Group: Listen Deeply in the Season of Light
~ Are you feeling a bit like you are burning the candle at both ends, wanting to be part of change, but also getting overwhelmed?
~ Do you long for a group in which you can truly listen and build community without having to “do business”?
~ Are you wishing for a way to get more clear about what your heart and soul are telling you these days?
Then you may want to join us for four consecutive Monday evenings for a time of building a real sense of community – a community meant to teach us how to access our own inner teacher and give a renewed sense of courage for action and relationship. Folks from Wentz Memorial UCC are also invited to be a part of this journey. We are looking for a group of about 10 people. We will start each session at 6:30pm and conclude at 8pm. The dates are: January 22, January 29, February 5, February 12.
This is a program Craig has been trained in through the Center for Courage and Renewal. It is a confidential, sacred space for participants to support each other. In the sessions, we will use themes from the natural world as metaphors about our soul, our inner lives, to help us uncover a deeper sense of grace. We’ll share poetry, story, music, art in exploring themes such as Holy Wells, Sea and Release, Vista Points, Night Sky. We’ll have silent personal time, time to share in pairs, and time to be all together listening to each other’s truth. It’s all invitational and we are never forced to share.
Since this is a program that requires a commitment to each of the four sessions, Craig would like to know of your interest ahead of time and have a brief conversation with you.

Thriving Church January Session: Sunday, January 14, 9:45am Read Chapters 4 and 5 from Weird Church in preparation. We also hope you will have a one to one conversation with a young adult or someone not of your generation to hear from them about their passions, hopes for the future, and where they find a sense of belonging.

Watershed Discipleship Discussion Series, beginning Sunday, January 21, 10am Join the God is Still Speaking study group for an engaging discussion of the book Watershed Discipleship with our divinity school intern, Sarah Ogletree.

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.


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.