Christian education

Education has always been a traditional hallmark of Methodism. Specifically, therefore, Christian education is an important component of spiritual growth within Newark United Methodist Church. Christian Education teams (Children and Family Ministries, Youth Council, and Adult Ministries) oversee education and spiritual growth activities across age levels.

Children

A Toddlers/Twos class emphasizes social skills from a “golden rule” perspective as children have an opportunity to play and snack together.  Preschool Threes and Fours use a modified rotation model on the same theme as the grade-level classes.  Children of elementary and middle school age (through grade 6) experience workshops based on Bible story themes through the program year.

Youth

Jr. and Sr. High students get together at least once each weekend to discuss how faith influences and impacts the way we deal with life issues. Generally, there is one meeting on Sunday morning and another at some other point during the weekend (subject to change).

Confirmation classes are offered in the fall of the program year (generally beginning in early October) for students entering ninth grade or above.  This important class is designed to encourage youth to reflect on the meaning of faith and to help them take seriously their intention to enter into full membership within the church.

Adults

Adult classes on Sunday mornings include opportunities for traditional Bible study, topical faith issues, book/author studies, and short-term studies.  Classes are held during the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship hours.  During the summer months, a class is typically offered at 11:00 a.m.

The Wednesday Afternoon Bible Study (WABS) meets at 1:15 p.m. most Wednesdays during the program year (September through May).  Topics range from Bible studies of specific books/epistles to topical faith-issues.

Evening studies generally are held once each fall and spring, often facilitated by clergy.  These classes often explore, from a faith perspective, challenging issues that impact our spiritual growth and health.

Specifics for:

The Christian Education teams are always open to suggestions for courses and/or studies that will enhance the spiritual growth and awareness of our faith community.