Faith Formation is a vibrant space of learning between our worship time, where all ages come together to continue our faith formation as disciples of Jesus Christ. Often this is based from our lectionary readings used in worship on Sunday mornings. When Lord of Life built Grace Place, its purpose was for education with our congregation and the greater community. Grace Place is often full and used in ways we did not dream of in the planning. After completion we noticed a need for a change in how we approached Sunday School. We kept parts that were working quite well for our church but decided to focus on the meaningfulness of the Bible in our lives, the lifelong formation of the faithful, how the lectionary is relevant in our lives today and various needs of our congregation to be spiritually fed. These are bold steps! We decided to change the language from Sunday School to Faith Formation because we feel this more accurately reflects what we are doing on a Sunday morning at this time. We recognize that faith formation happen inside and outside of this time. It is in fact our life long call.
Our Faith Formation hour is fluid on purpose. It allows ownership of the classes by the participants. As a staff we work hard to offer classes that are relevant to the lectionary each Sunday while bringing in new and fresh ideas.
EVEREST Classes are discussion-based, deeper theological exploration; typically for older youth and adults
Genesis, Book of Beginnings Grace Place Middle School Room Taught by Rollin Swanson
Class will be offered through November 17
This study will cover the themes of Creation, Temptation, Fall, Cain and Abel, Noah, the ark and flood, tower of Babel, Abraham, Sarah, God’s judgment upon Sodom, the birth of Isaac, and God’s Call to Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. The film, THE BIBLE, IN THE BEGINNING, will be viewed at each session. This film, directed by John Houston and produced in 1966, presents in graphic and dramatic form a portrayal of the Genesis events.
Financial Peace University Grace Place Room 2
Coordinated by Corki and Tim Mraz, with Deacon Heidi facilitating This class time will be 9:45 to 10:45 and will meet through November 17
Have you ever stopped to think that our financial resources are also a gift from God? How do we manage what God has given us? Come and learn how to gain financial peace so that you can live AND give like never before! Materials are needed and will be available in class.
The Bible Intersects with The News Grace Place High School Room Facilitated by Mollie Stavenger and Pastor Kirsten
This class will be offered through November 17 Cross+Generational Class What do Sunday’s Scriptures have to do with current events? This class will discuss how our faith becomes real in the midst of actual events. This class is generally geared for Middle School and High School youth, but adults who attend find the lively discussion rewarding.
Cross+Generational Classes are especially created for learning by all ages, each learning from the other
Capturing Creation in Photography Grace Place Room 1 Facilitated by Donna Hoopingarner and Victoria Sondall
Anyone with a smart phone can take beautiful pictures and God’s creation offers ample opportunity to do so. Beginning each class with a reading for inspiration, the class will take photos, offer tips, and display photos around the church. Whether your camera is simple or sophisticated, together we will find our Creator in the world.
Badger Classes are especially for elementary aged children with minimal reading, mostly hands-on learning,
Creation Craft Room 1 Taught by Anne Crotty and Carla Lich
What can we learn about God’s creation from Scripture? Through interactive learning, this class will explore the gift God has given us in nature.
Candy Mountain Classes are for non-readers, especially preschool and kindergarten
Beginner Bible Nursery taught by Betty Germano
This class is offered most every week Stories and crafts especially for little ones