Sunday School Classes
Sunday School is each Sunday morning 9:00-10:00am and is for all ages, including infants. Our trained teachers are called to nurture discipleship to Jesus Christ. We are also responsive to the needs for additional short term and special interest study and sharing groups.
- Nursery ( 0 to 3 year olds) – Main building, first floor in the nursery room
- Pre-School (3, 4, & 5 year olds) – Main building, first floor in the nursery room
- Young Elementary (grades 1 thru 3) – Main building, first floor
- Older Elementary (grades 4 thru 5) – Main building, first floor
- Middle School (grades 6 thru 8) – Main building, first floor
- High School (grades 9 through 12) – Main building, first floor
- Women’s Class (women 18 and up) – Educational annex, first floor
- Men’s Class (men 18 and up) – Educational annex, first floor
- Adult Class (mixed group 18 and up) – Educational annex, first floor
For the younger children, we begin by singing for 15 to 20 minutes. After a small breakfast snack, the children go into their classes for lessons and crafts games. We have internet, so some classes have lessons on computers and IPads. All volunteers have background checks: PA child abuse history clearances (act 151), PA criminal history check (act 34) and FBI criminal history check (act 114) fingerprinting.
The Women’s Class, Men’s Class and an Adult Class. Cokesbury curriculum is used. During the summer months they teach from the lecture, along with chalk talk lessons, as well as, having guest speakers.
Sunday Worship Service
The Sunday worship gathering is 10:15-11:30am in the upstairs worship center in the main building. Worshipers access the worship center by using the stairs on the right or left just inside the main entrance, or enter the main building through the handicap accessible entrance (just to the left of the main entrance) and take the elevator to the second floor. Trained and friendly greeters and ushers, indicated by lapel name tags, are always available to assist worshipers.
The style of our worship gathering is eclectic, neither totally traditional nor contemporary. But it always strives to be multisensory because the character of our God is such that God must be worshiped with all of our senses. Most congregational songs and acts of worship are projected on large screens so the worshiper may use his or her body in worship.
The flow of our worship generally follows an ancient second-century A.D. Christian four-movement drama as recommended by the United Methodist Church:
- Proclamation and Responses
- Thanksgiving and Communion
- Going Forth
Sermons are enhanced with chancel drama and multimedia visual aids such as slides and video clips projected on a large screen. Sermons strive to be faithful to the biblical story and interactive between the preacher/teacher and worshipers.
Holy Communion is open to everyone who desires to participate in this means of receiving God’s grace. It is celebrated the first Sunday of each month plus Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday (before Easter) and Christmas Eve.
Holy Baptism is celebrated during the worship gathering at the convenience of the family and after consultation with the pastor.
Because Christian fellowship is very important to us, an informal social time with refreshments is offered, following worship on the 2nd Sunday each month, September through May.
After “Children’s Time”, which is led by the pastor and lay members during the Sunday Worship Service, the children are excused from the main sanctuary to Children’s Church – located on the first floor in the main church building. Children’s Church begins by praying for Paul Alexander and his prison ministries, as well as, those serving time in Herbert Schaffner Juvenile Detention Center. Activities include: sign language to the Lord’s Prayer, a Bible story is told or read, work sheets, “thinking of you” cards are made for shut ins and those serving Evangelical United Methodist Church, singing, a light snack, and a closing prayer.