Education and Spiritual Nurture

Intergenerational

All Ages Study Evenings: God and Table, May 25, June 1 and 8, 7pm
Paul Snyder, our summer intern, will facilitate an educational series about the power of the table as a symbol of our faith and invitation to address relationships in community. This three-part series will take place on Thursday evenings at 7pm.

Within this study, we will consider how the table shapes our Christian theology, what our modern table practices say about our culture, and how eating can be an act of reconciliation.

In the first session, May 25, we will have conversation about what the table means for us, how the table is depicted in scripture, and perhaps how historically the table has been understood.

The second session, June 1, will be about reconciliation through eating. For this, we will focus on a short segment of a chapter out of Professor Fred Bahnon’s book Making Peace with the Land. The chapter considers how our modern food/table culture endangers relationships in creation and how new and sustainable food ways can restore our relationships to an authentic communion.

At the third session, June 8, we will have a potluck meal where each person who brings food tells the story of the food. How far did the food travel to make it to the table? What memories does each food bring with it? In this last session, our goal will be to think about the story of food and how that shapes our table practices.

 

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.

 

Adults

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.