Education and Spiritual Nurture


Parkway launched our year-long monthly series “Today’s Church: From Surviving to Thriving” on Sunday, September 10. We will be engaged in discussion about ways our congregation can continue to be a faith community which extends ministry beyond our building, builds multi-racial/multi-ethnic community, and nurtures cross-generational relationships. Dr. Bill Leonard, Professor of Baptist History at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, began our series laying the foundation of information for our discussions. Dr. Leonard’s PowerPoint presentation is available as a PDF here.

We will meet each second Sunday of the month at 9:45am (October 8, November 12 , January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13). Our primary readings are from the book Weird Church: Welcome to the Twenty-First Century by Beth Ann Estock and Paul Nixon, available in the narthex. Please leave $15 in the basket to help defray the cost of the books. We will supplement this book with a few other readings through the year.

Engagement Idea: Over the next few weeks, pay attention to where God is present within the Parkway community. Such times could be called Kairos moments: when ordinary time seems to stop and eternity shines though in simple, breathtaking ways.

Readings for October 8:

  • Initium: pages v-xvi
  • Primus Motus: pages 1-2
  • Chapter 1, From Fear to Freedom: pages 3-12


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.

LGBT Bible Study: Second and Fourth Sundays of the Month, 7 p.m.
Parkway UCC and Liam Hooper are now offering an LGBT-focused Bible Study twice a month. All persons who identify as LGBT, in some way, are invited to attend. The focus of this group is to deepen our understanding, as LGBT 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 and fourth Sundays at 7:00.