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.
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 2020-21 Bible Study
Into the Light
Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament
by Lynn Miller
Suggestions for Leaders by Dee Koza
The 2020-2021 PW Bible study revives lament as a proper theological response to the difficult situations of our world.
One of the foundational points of the study is that, in scripture, lament usually leads to hope. After crying out to God, the one who laments remembers God. And while that doesn’t fix things in the moment—the injustice, the loss, the wrong still exist—the one who laments is strengthened to face the world and to hope.
When we lament, we move from suffering to faith. In our faith there is hope. We lament in order to hope. Recovering lament may be one of the church’s most timely gifts to the world.