Hinsdale UMC offers three adult education groups that meet on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., through Sunday, May 27, 2018. Below you will find a brief description of each group. Current and future offerings will be posted throughout the year, so please stay tuned!
Sunday Morning Opportunities
Family Adult Education
Raising kids is hard work; raising kids in the faith can be especially difficult today. This group provides parents a space and time to explore and nurture their own faith while also discussing how our faith can inform how we raise our children in today’s challenging environment. Class will resume Sunday, January 14, 2018.
Spiritual Formation and Practice
Open to everyone, this study group explores and encourages meaningful spiritual disciplines such as prayer, reading and studying scripture, worship, and mission. These practices draw us closer to God and to our neighbors as we strive to live a life of faith while supporting each other on their respective journeys. Class will resume Sunday, January 14, 2018.
Foundations of Faith and Tradition
This group of curious Christians digs deep, offering various multi-week classes led by church members and outside speakers. These sessions focus on everything from contemporary political and social issues to the formation of the Bible to a critical study of core Christian beliefs and practices of the Christian faith. Recent offerings include An Overview of the New Testament and a discussion of Bart Ehrman’s book, How Jesus Became God. Class will resume Sunday, January 14, 2018.
On December 3, 10, and 17, there will be one Adult Advent Study in Room 109. Advent means waiting as in “waiting for the Messiah”. However, it is not just we who wait. God is waiting for us! Isaiah says, “The Lord waits that He may be gracious unto you.” God waits on us, for our attention, for our vision, and our ear. Let us wait together and give God our focus this Advent season as we study God’s holy word. The book The Meaning is in the Waiting by Paula Gooder is available in the church office for $10.
There will be no Adult Sunday School on November 26, December 24, December 31, and January 7
There is a place for children of all ages while their parents participate in adult education classes. The Nursery is available to infants through age three, and children and youth meet for Sunday School and Confirmation Class. The Youth Room (complete with ping pong table, miniature basketball hoop, and foosball table) is open to all high school students.
Weekday Education Opportunities
“Disciples” Bible Study (Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.)
Can you name the twelve disciples (without singing the disciples’ song)? Can you name the disciple who was selected after the crucifixion? Which of the disciples were zealots? Who was the disciples who was hated most by the other disciples and the Jews not because of what he did to Jesus, but because of his occupation before he met Jesus. We will learn about the various expressions of grace that were reflected in the selection of each of the disciples. We will also learn about the parallels between our personal journeys and the journeys of each of the disciples. Although our efforts to be followers of Christ are often filled with minor inconveniences, their lives were beset by turmoil, torture and, for most, martyrdom. Yet, we still desire to walk where Jesus walked and to serve just as He taught us.
Join us each Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. for a lively discussion of the lives of the Disciples. We will use a variety of resources. Bring your Bible, bring your desire to grow, and bring your sense of humor as we laugh and learn together.