Christian education

Christian Education

We nurture our growth as Christians through our education programs for all ages. It is our goal to offer diverse educational programs that deepen our understanding of our Christian heritage, nurture spiritual growth, and encourage dialogue. Our Christian Education Director, Kate Lindheim works with our Christian Education Ministry to provide a variety of educational opportunities for adults and to plan and staff our Sunday school.

Children’s Programs 

Children are an important part of PACC. Children and infants of all ages are welcome to stay for the whole service – we are used to the joyful noise of babies and kids adding to worship! We also offer Crib Room Care for children up to age two during our Sunday morning worship service and Sunday school for older children. We encourage you to do what feels best for your family!

Except for first Sundays, the first 15 minutes of the worship service include an All Ages Together children’s time with the pastor. Afterwards, children are invited to attend Sunday School. On the first Sunday of the month, children begin the morning in Sunday school downstairs and join the congregation for communion at the end of worship.

During the school year we meet in age-appropriate classes; during the summer we meet in two multi-age classes, one for younger children and one for older children. As part of Sunday school children participate in service and mission projects, art, and music on a regular basis.

We encourage children to be part of our church community in a number of ways. Youth choir, for children in fifth grade and up, sings monthly in worship during the school year. In December, children participate in our Christmas Pageant. In June, the children participate in our Children’s Sunday worship service. Throughout the year, children are invited to participate in the worship service by serving as acolytes, greeters, ushers, and liturgists.

Confirmation

We offer a confirmation class approximately every other year for youth in seventh grade and up who are ready to affirm their baptismal vows and start taking ownership of their faith. This year, several church members are acting as mentors to the confirmand.

Youth Groups

We currently have two youth groups for different ages. Youth Group is a mix of service projects and fellowship. We learn more about our faith through these activities.

Adult Education

Evening Bible Group

This thematic Bible study group generally consists of an ongoing, in-depth study of a book of the Bible or theme of our faith. It’s an open-ended group that meets twice a month in the Fireplace Room. The only requirements are a healthy curiosity about the Bible, an open mind, and a warm heart. Our group includes beginners and scholars alike, with lively discussion under the pastor’s leadership. All are welcome, including church members and friends. Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7:30pm in the Fellowship Room.

Learning to Pray

You’re invited to join Learning to Pray, an opportunity both for people who are brand new to prayer to get comfortable with it and for folks who already pray and want to add to their tool box while reinvigorating their faith. It’s also a great chance to grow in our relationships with one another as we share what’s most important to us. We take time together to center ourselves; talk about what’s important to us spiritually; and learn new ways of praying. First Sundays at 9am and/or first and third Wednesdays at 7:30pm in the Fellowship Room; attend either/or as you are able.

Sarah’s Circle

Sarah’s Circle is a non-doctrinal women’s only book group to read and discuss books about spirituality, with a focus on feminine spirituality. It is open to all women in the community. Contact Merrith Sabo-Jones for more information.

Occasional Book or Video Discussion Groups

Short-term video discussion and book discussion groups around spiritual themes are offered from time to time. Sometimes such a group meets jointly with members of another faith community. All are welcome, including those new to the faith, as well as long-term church-goers and friends. For more information, contact the church office.