"If you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord's holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way, then you will find your joy in the Lord!"
Current Classes for Adults
"LENTEN SPIRITUAL PRACTICES"
February 18 - March 24, 2024 | Land Building Riverside Room
Lent is the pilgrimage from the feast of the nativity and epiphany to the feast of Easter. In between are forty days for self-reflection, personal growth, and spiritual pilgrimage on our way to Easter. Sunday mornings, we will discuss different practices and pilgrimages and during the week there will be an optional walking pilgrimage on Wednesdays, beginning at 11:00am which will last 45 minutes to an hour. Walking participants will meet at the church at 10:45am.
Topic: Civil Rights Pilgrimage, led by Chris Currie
Optional Wednesday Walk Feb. 28, 11:00 a.m.: Press Street Station (5 Homer Plessy Way) to William Frantz Elementary School (now Akili Academy)
WEEK 3 - MARCH 3
Topic: Mardi Gras Indians and their traditions, led by Charles Duvernay
Optional Wednesday Walk Mar. 6 at 11:00 a.m.: Congo Square to Press Street Station (5 Homer Plessy Way)
WEEK 4 - MARCH 10
Topic: Lenten Spiritual Practices and The Practice of the Labyrinth Walks, led by Sarah Chancellor-Watson
Optional Wednesday Walk Mar. 13 at 11:00 a.m.: Audubon Park Labyrinth
WEEK 5 - MARCH 17
Topic: Pilgrimage to Elaine Hunt Correction Center
Optional Friday Visit Mar. 22: Visit Elaine Hunt Correctional Center in Gonzales through the Frederick Douglas Project for Justice (meet at the church Friday, March 22, 10am – 3pm).
WEEK 6 - MARCH 24
Topic: Good Friday practice of walking to parish churches in New Orleans, led by Miriam Hollar
Optional Good Friday Walk on Mar. 29: Walking from parish church to parish church in the Uptown area
"THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW"
January 7 - March 24, 2024 | Phifer Library
Class recordings will be posted in the week following each class.
In telling the story of Jesus, Matthew challenges his disciples to live each day as participants in God's kingdom--to be poor in spirit and pure in heart, turn the other cheek and love one's enemies. Through his teachings and healings, Jesus breaks the bonds of evil and sin and frees each one of us for a life rich in celebration and service. By his resurrection, Jesus continues to be present, even until the end of the age.
"THE SECULOSITY OF MARRIAGE & PARENTING"
January 7 - March 24, 2024 | 2nd floor conference room
Statistics show that fewer and fewer Americans are attending church, but author David Zahl argues that we are in fact more religious than ever. Zahl states that humans have an innate need for hope, purpose, connection, justification, and enoughness, and when these needs are not addressed by religion, we seek secular outlets to funnel this psychic energy. Using his funny and insightful book, Seculosity, we will dig deeper into three of the areas that can consume us as adults - Busyness, Relationships, and Parenting – and learn what to do about it.
Upcoming Classes for Adults
"CALLED AS PARTNERS IN CHRIST'S SERVICE"
April 7 - 28, 2024 | Land Building Riverside Room
Jesus tells us the greatest commandment is to “love God with our whole heart, soul, body, and mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.” Our faith is one that is not merely an intellectual or personal spiritual pursuit, but one that encompasses our whole lives and influences the ways in which we interact with others and world. Join us as we further explore what it means to follow Christ into this call of service to others. We’ll explore the theological and scriptural underpinnings of discipleship, mission, ministry, and the Church. We will be discussing current “best practices” of mission and how together we can make the greatest impact on our community.
Past Classes for Adults
"THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO TED LASSO"
January 7 - February 4, 2024 | Land Building Riverside Room
This class will not be live-streamed, however class recordings will be posted in the week following each class.
This five-week class will use the TV show Ted Lasso as a way to explore the gospel, how we’re called to live in community, and reflect on our relationship with God and others. Some topics include: supporting each other’s gifts, accountability, vulnerability, accepting help, loving your enemies, and forgiving. Clips from the show will be shown in class, so you do not need to have watched the show to attend class. After each class, recordings of the class will be available online.
The Challenger Class (grades 4-5) meets in a special place that is set up with sofas and chairs where students can explore their faith, ask questions, and begin to verbalize what they believe. This year’s class topics include Psalm 23, the books of the Bible, John Calvin, the Apostle’s Creed, and The Gospel According to Dr Suess.
The Annual Challenger Class Retreat at Tickfaw State Park is scheduled for November 3–5. Our theme is "Who is Jesus"?
3 YEARS - 3RD GRADE
Our 3 year-olds through 3rd graders use the Spark Classroom curriculum. Each lesson follows a four-part sequence:
GATHER – Beginning the day by gathering together and trying a warm-up activity
OPEN THE BIBLE – Opening Bibles and explore the day’s story
ACTIVATE FAITH – Becoming engaged in the story they just read by using their leaflets
SEND – Finishing with a closing activity & prayer.
Children gather by age group for classes with a focus on hands-on learning. They are divided into three groups: 3 yrs to PreK, Kindergarten-1st grade, and 2nd-3rd grade. They engage in Bible stories with lessons packed with activities, interactive games, and creative crafts. Throughout the year we explore stories from the Old and New Testaments. These lessons help kids navigate the stories and begin to compare what they learn to their own lives.
PRAY GROUND FOR FAMILIES
Pray Ground is a special place that is designated for children where families with children of any age can experience worship together. Pray Ground is located in Frampton Fellowship Hall where the 10:30 service is live-streamed to the large screen. There are toys, books, coloring pages, and puzzles provided to help kids stay engaged and present.
NURSERY CARE (0-3 YEARS OLD)
Our experienced sitter staff invites all children under the age of five into our fully equipped nursery and playroom. Our classrooms meet all State requirements and we strive to maintain a safe and enriching environment for our youngest visitors. The staff is trained on church regulations and guidelines. Children 0 – 3 will meet in the Bear Classroom which is the corner classroom on the first floor.