St. Peter's offers a wide range
of Christian Education
youth and adults alike.
We offer Sunday School for young people from age 4 through High School. The class time begins at 9:00 A.M. with a 15 minute chapel service with everyone together, led by the Pastor and one of the teachers. There is singing, sometimes a brief message, an offering, a sharing of prayer requests, followed by a prayer led by the Pastor. Then it's off to classes, which go until 9:45 or 9:50. Refreshments follow downstairs in the Memorial Room.
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Confirmation is offered during the "program year" for those at least age 13 by October of that year. It is led by the Pastor and meets once a week. Confirmands are required to attend Sunday School and worship whenever possible. Most years, Confirmation Day is on the Day of Pentecost. Young adults who complete the Confirmation course are then considered full, adult memebers of St. Peter's and the wider church.
St. Peter's U.C.C. Youth Fellowship is open to youth in 6th through 12th grades, and members are encouraged to bring friends. Meeting monthly (usually the 2nd Sunday evening of a month) we organize a Halloween Party for the community kids, hold a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser, visit some of our shut-ins with Christmas carols in December, and seek to combine fun with spiritual growth and community. The fellowship is led by the Pastor and at least one parent is also at each meeting.
St. Peter's U.C.C. believes children don't have to wait until they are confirmed before they can get a basic understanding of what's going on at Communion. A Communicants Class is offered during Lent for 6th graders. It consists of two one-hour sessions with the Pastor, and the first Communion is usually Maundy Thursday or Easter Sunday.
Adult Christian Education Opportunities
Held during Lent, this 90-minute, once-a-week gathering has examined and discussed a variety of subjects related to the faith, from healing and prayer to the Lord's Prayer to "hot topics" and The Ten Commandments. We begin in fellowship by sharing a meal of soup brought by pre-arranged members of the group. Often the discussions are prompted by watching a video segment. These are open to youth and adults.
Other Adult Christian Education Opportunities
Periodically we offer time-limited sessions touching on several different subjects. For example we have done book discussions ("The Holy Man," "Tuesdays with Morrie"), and video-prompted discussions (N.T. Wright on "Resurrection," Philip Yancey on the Old Testament, etc.), plus the occasional traditional class led by the Pastor ("Christianity 101," "How We Got Our Bible," and "The Sermon on the Mount."). There is no time frame set in stone for when these are offered, or what time of the week they happen, but they are well-publicized in advance. We generally do 3-4 of these sessions during the course of a year.