Fridley United Methodist Church
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Why learn? Our church gathers together in worship, fellowship and in classes to try to make meaning of our lives in the light of our faith and to reaffirm that we are loved by each other and by God. This is the the foundation of all of our Christian education ministries, which gives us renewed strength to live our daily lives, and helps us reach in to care for each other and reach out beyond ourselves to serve others.
Everyone is welcome to join us in worship. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend with their families. Children’s supplies (crayons and coloring pages) can be found just outside the back sanctuary doors. The pews on the west side are designated as a family section, but children are welcome anywhere. Our nursery is open from 9:15 – noon each Sunday during the school year and from 9:15 - 10:45 in the summer for children up to age 3.
EDUCATION HOUR FOR ALL!
During the Education Hour, classes are available for all ages. This is a wonderful family opportunity. Sunday School starts 11:11 AM and ends at noon. Nursery care is available for up to age 3 in the lower level.
Preschool class for 3 years-Kindergarten meet in the Sunday school class room in the lower level.
Elementary class for grades 1-4 meet in the classroom at the top of the ramp. Both classes will use the Cokesbury Deep Blue Curriculum for children which includes adventure, exciting stories, science experiments, arts & crafts, animated video story-telling and active games--all combined in to a living—faith experience that will help children discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Youth class for grades 5-8, led by Student-Pastor Bob Brice, will meet in the classroom in the fellowship hall. They will be using the IGNITE curriculum and will focus on exploring the basics of the Christian faith by engaging in one another’s lives and seeing how Christ is at work in our relationships with Him, with each other, and with the world around us.
The education commission has been looking at material to help discern what every child should experience. As parents, teachers, and leaders help provide a foundation of experiences on which children build a life of learning and growth toward a mature and vital faith. With intentional learning, we become the people God calls us to be. Children need to experience the same Bible stories and Christian concepts at several different stages of their faith journey, in that their ability to understand the concepts continues to evolve as they grow. In “A Guide for Teachers and Leaders of Children in United Methodist Congregations,” these Bible passages are suggested for children of all ages.
· The Creation
· The Ten Commandments
· Numbers 6:24-26
· Ecclesiastes 3
· Micah 6:8
· Psalms 8, 23, 100, 121
* The Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12)
* The Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 1-10)
* The Sermon on the Mount (Luke 6: 20-36)
* The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6: 9-13)
* The Great Commandment (Mark 12: 28-34) also Matthew 22: 34-40 and Luke 10: 25-28
* The Great Commission (Matthew 28: 18-20)
* The Love Chapter (1 Corinthians 13)
* The Magnificat (Luke 1: 46-56)
* The Fruit of the Spirit (Galations 5)
Adult classes and Senior High:
Linking Faith and Life, led by JoEllen and Bill Ambrose and Kate Smith-Sheeder, meet in the south side of the fellowship hall as they lead learning and discussions on current events and religious situations in today’s world.
Seekers, led by Bill Ekstrum, meet in the far right corner of the Fellowship hall as he leads conversation and discussion about the scripture (lectionary) used during worship.
Study of Romans, led by Pastor Wayne Swanson, meets in the Lounge area diving deep into the marrow of what it means to be a Christian, credited with the righteousness of Christ.
Use the LIBRARY!
Take a look at our subject listing of the library books or search our computer database of the library. Find a book or two that interests you, and check them out simply by signing the library card inside the book and leaving it in the file box on the wooden table near the library. Check out the "New" section each week to see what we have added. Our library is there for you!