The goal of a Christian education program is the growth of the whole church into the image of Christ. As each member develops his own particular gifts and abilities, the whole community of believers grows. The church is people changed by the grace of God from darkness into light, but people who still need to be changed throughout their Christian pilgrimage (2 Cor. 3:18; 2 Pet. 3:18). The teacher equips his students by helping them through this growing process.
The Christian Education curriculum used by Good Hope is outlined below.
Whirl Lectionary Based Curriculum for Pre-k - Grade 6
Every Whirl Lectionary lesson follows a four-part sequence: Welcome, Hear, Respond, and Launch (WHRL!). Each week, kids and leaders start their time together by identifying where they are in the church year and watching an animated video. Next, they dive into the Whirl Story Bible or Whirl NRSV Bible, respond to the scripture lesson with creative leaflet activities, and circle up to review the lesson and pray before being sent out.
Jr. PRaise Choir Curriculum
Faith-based, age appropriate music curriculum that nurtures children spiritually while they sing, play, and move. This year’s theme is FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: GROWING IN GODLY CHARACTER. It finds its inspiration in Galatians 5:22-23. Spiritual fruit is a product of the Spirit of God working in the life of the believer. It requires that the individual be in tune with the Spirit—connected to the Source of good fruit. Spiritual fruit is positive and serves to build up the
fellowship of faith we call the church. The produce
of a Spirit-filled, Spirit-connected life is love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control. What a beautiful
harvest—a cornucopia of wholesome faith
GROWING IN GRACE'S "FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT” spans 15 weeks and will begin on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at 6:00 in the GHPC choir room. Practice will last one hour and supper will be served following practice. You may pick up your children at 7:30 in the fellowship hall. Fall semester will end on Sunday, December 2, with the program, "Gifts of Advent" featuring songs learned throughout the semester.Spring Semester will resume on Sunday, January 6, 2019. A spring program will be held on May 12, 2019.
Through the exploration of biblical text, adult study groups are invited into a deepened relationship with God. The Present Word nurtures individual growth of the participants as children of God rooted in the Christian community, life in the Spirit and Christian hope. Discussion and activities encourage participants to live out their faith in their individual and congregational activities.
Presbyterian Women 2018-19 Bible Study
Cloud of Witnesses
The Community of Christ in Hebrews
by Melissa Bane Sevier
Suggestions for Leaders by Sung Hee Chang
In nine lessons, author Melissa Bane Sevier invites us to explore major themes found in Hebrews, relate these themes to other parts of our faith tradition, and tie them together with the overarching motif of community. The community for which the letter, or homily, was written interacts, in a sense, with all communities of which we are a part, as we bring these groups with us wherever we go. This ever-present “great cloud of witnesses” (Heb. 12:1) strengthens and encourages us as we “run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith” (Heb. 12:1b–2).