Education

 

FOR KIDS

Sunday School: Sundays from 9:00-10:00 AM

At Heartland, we offer Sunday School programs for children from Pre-K through 6th grade.  Classes typically run from September through May (see our calendar for details).

DSC_0017Students explore valuable life lessons based on the lectionary – scripture readings often heard at the 10 am Sunday Service.  We build, read, discuss, create, sing, pray, and share gifts.

The Pre-K through 6th graders’ lessons are based most often on the Scripture of the Sunday (Lectionary-based) from Sparkhouse.

Pre-K – 1st Grade:  Apple Tree Pre-K Room

2nd – 6th Grade: Hallelujah Room

E.P.I.C. (Everything Possible In Christ): Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00 PM

Students grades 1-12 gather for dinner at 5:30 pm and split up from 6 – 7 pm into their age group to explore and discuss relevant topics.  Sometimes we unite together for a special service project or music; other times some age groups take a road trip for service, fun, or learning.  Students often prepare for some aspect of involvement in Sunday Worship.

img_20170208_180722355-e1521837578621.jpg1st – 3rd Grade: Favorite bible story lessons based on the Growing in Grace and Gratitude series

4th – 6th Grade: Curiosty abounds at this age.  Lessons and activities based on questions most often posed about faith – in the re:form series

7th – 12th Grade: Youth group balances faith learning/discussion, fun and service opportunities, for a safe community to grow in faith as students.

This video was done as part of a Wednesday night EPIC session.  The story and lesson that night was about the villagers not being welcoming to children, but Jesus setting them straight and showing love toward the children.  The kids were very engaged in the story, which led to discussing how Heartland welcomes children.  The kids made a list of all the ways they felt Heartland was welcoming, and then recorded the videos at the very end of class.  They are not rehearsed or retouched in any way — just the kids’ off-the-cuff thoughts.


FOR ADULTS

Sundays from 9:00-10:00 AM

** Nursery care available from 9:00 – 11:00 AM **

The Gospel According to the Movies – Church Office
Discusses how/where God can be found in the movies, current and classic. A different movie is discussed each week. Participants are encouraged to watch the movie the week before, but it is not necessary. A list of upcoming movies can be requested from the church office.

MASTERS – Grace Room
MASTERS is an acronym for “Mature Adults Studying Timely and Engaging Religious Subjects.” All adults are invited and encouraged to attend as we meet each Sunday morning. We look forward to having you join us each week for open discussion and learning from each other. We will be starting with a series this Fall on Embracing Aging. If you have questions, please visit with Jim Hoffman.

The Spiritual Child – (new class offered September 9 to October 28)
This eight-week Sunday School class will explore the spirituality of children and adolescence using as a resource “The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving” by Dr. Lisa Miller. Recent research indicates children have a “natural spirituality” that, if nurtured, can be a significant resource for their health and lives. So, whether you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, or simply interested in children and youth, come join us for the discussion. Led by Pastor Alex Thornburg.


There are other educational opportunities like book study groups (1 offered through Presbyterian Women, another offered through Women of JOY), and periodic class offerings on other topics such as aging and parenting.  We will consider offering a wide variety of topics.  If you are curious about what is currently available or wish to suggest a class, please contact the Director of Community Life.  Educational opportunities are supervised by Heartland’s Christian Education Committee.