Religious development and spiritual growth are important, no matter your age. Classes are offered for children, youth, and adults. Our subject matter is biblically based and provides students with a powerful sense of God’s faithfulness, grace, and love as they arise for us in daily life.
Biblically based, yes, but that does not at all mean we will deny the perspectives of science or social justice. For a century and a half, First Church has been a major voice locally for a progressive understanding of the Word of God, the Bible, as an instrument for faith-building composed by human beings but reflecting the Holy Spirit. Expect a fresh reading and socially responsible consideration of the Word of God when you study with us!
Sunday School, Adult Education, Worship Reflection, FAITH: Continuing the Search, Person-To-Person: Transformative Talk, Lenten Study Series, Confirmation, special holiday and benevolence events, and more, fall under the rubric of the Christian Education Ministry.
On Sunday mornings, young people in Preschool through Senior High begin at worship, sharing in prayer and song with their families and enjoying a time “Not for Children Only,” before proceeding to Sunday School.
Our curriculum, Shine: Living God’s Light. Sunday School programming is led by Director of Christian Education Tracey Harris and the Christian Education Ministry.
Enrollment and participation in Sunday School are free to all. Send a note to Tracey, to for more information or to obtain an Enrollment Packet.
Adult Education and Worship Reflection
FAITH: Continuing the Search
Our Wednesday morning series, FAITH: Continuing the Search, is designed for people who may not be comfortable with the label “Christian” for themselves or else who may not consider themselves to be “traditional” Christians. FAITH: Continuing the Search leaders seek to create a comfortable and safe environment where discussion is encouraged, minds are broadened, and hearts are warmed. Participants watch a video featuring one of several individuals popularly associated with progressive Christian thought and then discuss their thoughts and feelings about the speakers’ messages. Each session begins promptly at 10:15 am in a member’s home nearby; contact Tracey Harris for full information .
Person-To-Person: Transformative Talk
Over the past couple of decades, it has been a disappointment to us that social discourse has often become polarized. As a congregation made up of people who represent a healthy variety of perspectives and cultural backgrounds, First Church endeavors to assure that all opinions are honored and persons respected. On first Mondays each month throughout the year (except September, when it’s on the first Tuesday), Person-To-Person: Transformative Talk puts that intention into action, as we invite speakers who are informed about the issues or other matters they represent, and then encourage discussion about their topic. The purpose of Person-To-Person is not to change the mind of someone who differs from you, or even to dare someone else to change your mind, but to come to a greater understanding of other human beings and, if you’re willing, to find yourself transformed and broadened in perspective and attitude. Person-To-Person is a forum for people, teenage through adult. Child care is provided, if requested in advance.
On Wednesdays leading up to Easter, we gather for soup and bread suppers (6:30 p.m.) followed by lecture/discussion about Christian faith and practice or portions of the Bible. Enrichment experiences are provided for adults and children both, ending by 8 p.m. Watch our calendar in the late winter or early springtime for announcements of subject matter and dates.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is our annual summer offering for young people, which meets during a week in mid- to late-June, on Sunday through Thursday evenings, beginning with supper together at 6:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Classes begin at 6:30 in Memorial Hall and last until 8 p.m.
Middle School and Senior High Youth
Middle and High School students meet with their adult sponsors and teachers during the Sunday School period and engage in lively discussion and reflection about Christianity in contemporary life. But activities aren’t limited to Sunday morning. Weeknight and weekend activities that are designed to be both devotional and fun are part of the plan as well.
Confirmation classes meet three times per month, every other program year, to discuss in depth what it means to be Christian and to help young people form their decision about joining the Church. Field trips to local houses of worship of other faith traditions and weekend retreats deepen and enrich this time of spiritual journey and reflection. Our 2009 Confirmands are depicted below.
For more information regarding Christian Education, please call 314-962-0475 and ask to speak to Tracey or Gina.