Education

education_adult_tree growHinsdale 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!

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.

Sunday Morning Opportunities

ALL NEW CLASSES BEGIN FEBRUARY 18!

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.

Beginning February 18, Kristi Chadwick will lead a class with Adam Hamilton’s book “Moses”. Moses is a prominent Biblical character, especially for children. It will be beneficial for us as parents to learn more about his life and the lessons we can learn from him, not just for our own edification but also to be able to impart that to our children and strengthen their spiritual foundation. Everyone is welcome to join in the class Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Books are available in the church office.

From the book’s description: It doesn’t get much more dramatic: rescued baby, life in the courts of Pharaoh, parting the Red Sea, leading his people out of Egypt…Moses’ life was one challenge after the next, but although he resisted God’s calling, by the end of his life he successfully fulfilled the role he was given. Join award-winning author Adam Hamilton as he travels from Egypt to Mt. Sinai, the Nile, the Red Sea, and the wilderness exploring the sites of Moses’ life. As Hamilton shares historical information, archaeological data, and biblical text, you’ll gain a better understanding of Moses’ significance in your life today, and you’ll discover how you, too, can turn your own reluctance into boldness.”

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.

Vicki Greene will lead a class based on the book “Creed” by Adam Hamilton beginning February 18 through March 18 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 109. Powerful answers to many of our complicated questions are contained in the Apostles’ Creed. “Creed” explores what Christians believe, why they believe it, and why it matters. This helps us confront and examine our own core beliefs. Take this inner journey with as we study and formulate our own creed. Books are available in the church office.

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.

As part of our Lenten preparations, there will be a new adult Sunday school class based on the book “The Storm Before the Calm” by Talbot Davis. The class will be led by Sharrann Simmons starting on February 18 through March 25 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 118. Based on the many “storm stories” in the Scriptures, the study will address the challenges of life’s turbulent moments. Plan now to attend this relevant class as part of your Lenten activities.

 

Weekday Education Opportunities

“Book of Acts” Bible Study (Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.)

We invite to join the Wednesday Bible Study on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. with the study of the Book of Acts. Acts is usually characterized as primarily a history of the formation of the church and the acts of the Apostles. During the Fall semester, we learned many details about the lives of the Disciples.

Typically, little more than the names of the Disciples are remembered. The Wednesday Bible study class learned about the families, the vocations, and the martyrdom of the Disciples, as well as the symbols with which they are associated and the areas in which they established communities of faith following the resurrection of Jesus. The study of Acts will provide additional details regarding the experiences of the Disciples and the emergence of Paul as a key leader in the spread of the Gospel.

While you are probably familiar with many people who will make New Years’ resolutions that will soon be forgotten and will make little impact upon their spiritual growth, we are inviting you to join us for an enriching experience of learning more about the Biblical narrative in the book of Acts. You will also become better acquainted with other members of the congregation and the community. Each week, we learn, laugh, love, and grow. We are hoping to see you. For more information, contact Rev. McCoy or any of the class participants.

Click here for a class syllabus and session descriptions