Confirmation Class 2016-2017
The class will meet once a month and is open to all high school students even if they have already been through confirmation or are not yet interested in “being confirmed.” The goal of the class is to get students to claim their identity as Christians and explore what that means. We aim for an understanding that, despite all the problems caused by churches, the Christian Way offers meaningful lessons and a model for living our lives. Students who wish can be confirmed in May 21st. This class will be co-taught by Reverend Doug Robinson-Johnson and Bill Hoch.
SEPT 25th Confirmation Overview
OCT 16th First Lesson. Welcome! What are we doing here?
What is confirmation? We will review the language used for the UPA confirmation service and what it means to them. We will review this outline and discuss a class service project.
NOV 13th Second Lesson. What is “The Church”?
We will review a brief history of the church and discuss how “The Church” universal is different from individual churches. Question to consider include what Jesus wanted in a church and whether we can join The Church even if we disagree with what some churches are doing.
DEC 11th Third Lesson. What are we doing when we attend church services?
We will discuss why people go to church, what they get from church, and what church gets from them. We will also discuss the structure of church services.
JAN 8th Fourth Lesson. The Bible and its role.
We will look at the Bible as a means of conveying Christian principles. We will discuss the history of UCC and UMC churches and how they have viewed the Bible. We will discuss how we each can try and live these principles.
FEB 12th [Note date change!] Fifth Lesson. What does it mean to live a Christian life?
What does it means to live a Christian life. How would we live differently if we actually met Jesus? We will look at examples of how people have turned their faith into action and consider the broad range of ways we can do that as well. We will ask how we feel about joining an organization (the church) that regularly fall short of its ideals but keeps trying to do better.
MAR 5th Sixth Lesson. Why join a church?
Going to church was mandatory for most of history. Now it is a choice. Why make that choice? We will discuss how attending a church community can help people discovery and explore their innate spiritual gifts and talents. We will discuss the importance of being connected with a caring community and how people can give back to those communities to help themselves and others.
APR 2nd Seventh Lesson. What are we doing here in this class?
We will review the confirmation language to be used in the service again and see how students feel about it. Does it need editing? Can we agree with it? How does each of them want to live a Christian life? Do they want to be confirmed?
Our High and Middle school students will meet in the Youth room at 10:15 am
Our Lambs (Pre-K to 2nd grade) will meet in the room to the right of the kitchen downstairs at 10:15 am
Our Doves (3rd to 5th grade) will meet in the room at the end of the hall downstairs at 10:15 am.
Our Lesson for Sunday School
this Sunday January 22th
They will learn that even though we are all different, we have some things that are the same.
1 Corinthians 1: 10-18
A Church Divided Over Leaders
10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,[a] in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas[b]”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Our Lesson for Youth
this Sunday January 22th
They will learn about “Love in Action”
1 John 3:18
“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth.”
We hope your students can join us for our lesson.
Our Youth group will meet at 11:15am to rehearse our Mystery Dinner downstairs in the big hall.
Old friends met new ones.
Our High School students learn about injustice today and how we can help.
WE CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU
Please sign up if you can help.
MORE OF OUR LESSONS
LAST SUNDAY WAS THE FIRST DAY OF YOUTH GROUP
We had a great gathering on September 11th!
Students were part of the swing band “The Mood Swings!”
Worship in Sanctuary @ 10 AM
10:15 Classes Begin
Bible Lessons for all grades: Luke 15:1-10
Lost Sheep and Lost Coin
Lambs (Pre-K to 2nd grade)
Natascha and Matt
Doves (3rd grade to 5th Grade)
Beth and (vacant)
Allison and (vacant)
Brian and Julie
Education at United Parish of Auburndale
Continued growth in the knowledge and love of God is of prime importance to our congregation. Our Christian Education program is available to all who seek to begin or continue their faith journey.
Use the links below to further explore the Christian Education Ministry here at United Parish of Auburndale.
- Christian Education
- Christian Education Calendar
- Sunday School
- Sunday School Events
- Youth Ministry
- Youth Event
- Adult Study Groups
- Learning from Home [Coming Soon]
A Note From Education Director, Sheryl Ellis
As a long time Christian my faith started as a child and continues to grow every day. I believe that learning about the love of Jesus Christ and building a strong relationship with God is a life-long endeavor. I also believe that it is important to walk that journey with others and to share what we have learned along the way. I hope to provide an opportunity for all ages to explore their faith and deepen their knowledge and understanding of God and to know that the journey is always ongoing. To facilitate this, I hope to provide many opportunities for all ages to come together in a learning environment that works to strengthen our relationships with God, with each other, and with our world. Whether you are starting your faith journey, continuing to grow your relationship with God or needing to begin again, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I will work with you and support you along the way.
My vision for our 2015-2016 school year:
Sunday school will be a different dynamic this year. Half of our younger students have moved into the Youth group. Although we have many new babies, they are a few years out of attending lessons.
So my goal is the following:
Add music, games and faith-based baby activities to our nursery
Increase our energy level for the Sunday school lessons so that our students want to return. Since we will continue our rotation sensation, I will try to pick the most memorable and fun rotations I can.
Youth lessons will be new this year. We will be using a curriculum call Teen Text. Teen Text is different! Instead of providing you with answers that “come from the Bible,” these lessons meet the student where they are – grappling eagerly and passionately with growing up, becoming who they are. It will help the student connect the text with their lives by helping them get out of their head and into their hearts. The format encourages ownership and continued exploration and application beyond the classroom.
Parent lessons: Sometimes we as parents wonder just what our kids are doing while we are in worship. I hope to provide some fun lessons of our own. Teaching and playing and learning what is really going on while we attend worship.