Education

 

FOR KIDS

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

IMG_20190803_111706_exported_1465_1567613881296At 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). Students 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 **

No Stone Unturned
Hugh Stone will lead a discussion based on The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg. This book describes a compassionate, intellectual form of Christianity that can emerge from a modern reading of the Bible. Hugh considers this the best book about Christianity that has been published in the past 15 years. You can pick up a copy of the book in the church office for $5.

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.  This fall, we will be examining the life and times of the Apostle Paul.  What do we know about this man who is credited with writing half the New Testament, who spread the Gospel to the heart of the New World, who was a persecutor, a zealous missionary, a martyr, a theologian, and eventually, a saint?  Please join us each week as we attempt to gain a better understanding of Paul’s life, his ministry, his travels, and his writings.  Using biographical books written by Robert Picirilli, N.T. Wright and A.N. Wilson to provide a basis for our discussions, we will explore how Paul became the architect of an entirely “new” religion that continues to inspire and enlighten people throughout the world, even after 2000+ years.   If you have questions, please visit with Jim Hoffman.


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.