Christian Education & Spiritual Development
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols of your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. -Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NIV
Christian Education Ministry
Learning to love God, know what God requires of us and how we can serve Him in our daily lives is one of the main goals of Christian Education Ministry at CPC. The STUDY of God’s word, its APPLICATION to our lives, and the GUIDANCE of the Holy Spirit are all essential in building a strong foundation of faith in Jesus Christ. We encourage you to visit one of the Sunday School classes and take advantage of great teaching and fellowship time.
For further information about any church school class, contact the Director of Christian Education.
All Sunday School classes meet 9:45am – 10:45am. Sunday School is a wonderful opportunity to explore God’s word and join in fellowship with other members of our family of faith. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Children’s Sunday School classes
All children’s Sunday School classes meet in the Christian Education building.
“Train up children in the way they should go: and when they are old they will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:5
CPC is committed to providing Biblical learning and spiritual encouragement to each child entrusted to us. Each Sunday School class is led by adults who lovingly teach the stories of the Bible.
Toddler/twos Class: Room 121
Preschoolers: Room 122
Kindergarten: Room 124
All preschool Sunday school classes begin in the children's music room, 121. Children will be escorted by their teachers to class from there.
Read more about the workshop-rotation model of Faith Journey Sunday School here:
That is why we use a creative model called Workshop Rotation. Children learn best when all of their senses are stimulated and engaged in an organized, constructive, enjoyable educational program of Biblical studies. We have named our workshop rotation program ‘Faith Journey.’
Educational Basis for this model: Years of research has proven what educators suspected all along—children do not learn only from lecture and reading. Instead kids learn through a variety of learning styles and possess multiple intelligences through which comes real learning and engagement with the subject. There are eight kinds of intelligence identified by professor Harold Gardner of Harvard University, and others. The point is that people learn in different ways. Having fun while learning repetitively helps. Experience is the key to real learning. Because in Faith Journey each of the workshops presents a different style of learning, the kids don't get bored. Instead, this multiple-intelligence approach enhances the learning process. Children come to know God through a variety of ways. For God's word to become part of our children's lives, it must not just be heard or read, but also experienced.
When you enter the Faith Hall of Fame (Christian education part of the building, upper floor), you are surrounded by a “cloud of witnesses,” (Hebrews 1:1) who remind us of some of the great stories of the Bible: Ruth, Abraham, Joseph, and David. Your Journey begins in here, our gathering place. Here we welcome visitors, take attendance, collect an offering,* recognize birthdays, make announcements, and talk about what we’re learning. Then the children are dismissed to their workshop for the day.
In Faith Journey, the same Bible story or concept is taught in workshops over five weeks. Each Sunday, the groups of children rotate to a new workshop for that Sunday. Kids love the repetition and it reinforces what they are learning.
The rotation schedule is posted in several places in and around the Faith Hall of Fame. Simply consult where a certain age group will go on any particular Sunday. Each group has several adults who shepherd the children to their workshops and are with the group each Sunday. These folks are the constant companions for the children’s faith journeys, a weekly presence.
Teachers lead workshops in their area of interest, thus using their skills and gifts. Teachers stay in their workshop…teaching the same lesson each week to a different group, getting better and better, adapting it to the age level group they are leading for that week. Teachers can sign on for many units, or teach just one. New teachers allow our children contact with more adults in the congregation—a core value of Cary Presbyterian educational ministry.
Youth Sunday School
Middle School is for youth in grades 6–8. This year, the group will study primarily the Old Testament with a course called "To Know the Bible." Painting, drama and games are all part of the action. —Room 103 (MS Room)
Senior High is for youth in grades 9–12, using a fresh new approach through Feasting on the Word, a lectionary based Bible study that unites living and faith. —Room 105 (SH Room)
Confirmation is designed for 8th grade (and some 9th gr) youth. New this year, confirmation will be held during the Sunday school hour. Youth who choose to be confirmed join the church in May. Three day long retreats, mentors, and spiritual practices round out this transforming course. Room 106 Read more about this in the confirmation section.
Adult Sunday School
CPC offers the following adult classes. Come gather with other adults for fellowship, learning and to be challenged to grow in your faith. All classes are on Sunday mornings at 9:45. Visitors always welcomed! Class topics and studies change approximately every six weeks in the following regular classes: Bible and Beyond, a class using a variety of formats and resources to learn about the Bible; Christ, Coffee and Conversation (a topics class with lots of discussion); and ongoing study in Adult I (Uniform Lessons on the Bible) and our new, successful class Young Families: Being a Faithful Parent.
For further information about any church school classes, contact the Christian Education Coordinator.
Our Nursery Ministry cares for our youngest members. The nurseries are located in age-appropriately equipped rooms in the Christian Education Building. They are staffed by loving childcare providers that work alongside a rotation of parent volunteers to provide a warm and welcoming environment for our children.
Childcare is provided during all worship services, the Sunday School hour and special services and programs throughout the year.
Nursery locations are as follows:
To volunteer or check the current nursery helper schedule, please signup here or contact the Nursery Staff Liaison, Jen Pierce.
To arrange special nurseries, contact the Office Manager.
Preparing Children for Worship
This three-week series will be offered for SECOND GRADERS and their PARENTS during Sunday school. See the Milestone section, below, for more info.
Special Milestone Ministry Classes for Children and Parents
In 2010, Cary Presbyterian Church launched its Milestone Ministry, incorporating several milestones already celebrated by the church and adding some, with a plan to add a few more each year until many milestones are regularly recognized by the congregation.
New! Starting Sunday School – for 2/3/4 YEAR OLD children who are new to
Sunday school and their parents. Note the time: Saturday morning, August 25th
(the day before Rally Day) from 10:30-11:30 am. Children will visit their rooms,
practice their routine, and receive a blessing. Congregational recognition will
be a simple announcement during the Children’s time on Aug 26.
The Adult Christian Education (ACE) programs are educational opportunities outside of Sunday school. For three to six weeks, these weeknight or Sunday evening classes for adults discuss a variety of topics.
WEEKNIGHT ACE STUDIES
SUNDAY EVENING ACE STUDIES
DISCIPLE Bible Study
Cary Presbyterian Church offers ongoing adult Bible studies, including The DISCIPLE Bible Study program. DISCIPLE is a program of disciplined Bible study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders. It focuses on the disciple as learner, believer, follower, proclaimer, and servant while providing the fellowship of a small group for study, prayer, preparation, support, and servanthood.
For this year 2011-12 we will not be offering a disciple course.
The Discipleship Project
This is a tool to encourage people to take responsibility and initiative to go deeper in their faith, to do their own learning on their own schedule and in their own manner. Check out the display board that identifies adult spiritual education opportunities, including courses at CPC and outside CPC, books to read, videos to watch, etc. The GOAL is for each member to earn at least 5 course credits per year. See the Discipleship Project reading list here.
Vacation Bible School
Women’s Study Group
Circle of Faith is a study group that meets monthly and is open to all women. Members share their faith through study and discussion of selected readings.
For more information, contact Evie Timney
Walking in Faith
The home is the primary Christian educator of our children, with the church in the supporting role. The report on Effective Christian Education confirms that parents have enormous influence on their children’s faith development. To that end, we have developed the Walking in Faith Travel Guide to supplement our regular curriculum. The Travel Guide is primarily a tool to be used in the home.
Walking in Faith Travel Guide PARTY – for ages 5 through 5th grade and their families on February 17, 2013, held during Sunday school. Children and parents will explore several of the items in the Walking in Faith Travel Guide to become more familiar with them in a fun and informative way.
Please see the Walking in Faith Travel Guide for more information.
Centering Prayer Group
Centering Prayer, traditionally called contemplative prayer, is a method of prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God's presence. It consists of responding to the Spirit of Christ by consenting to God’s presence and action within. It furthers the development of contemplative prayer by quieting our faculties to cooperate with the gift of God’s presence.
For further information, contact Diane Garber.
CE Service Opportunities
When a child is baptized, the congregation of CPC makes a promise to nurture, support and help the child grow in his or her relationship with Jesus Christ. This is a promise that CPC takes very seriously.
Many volunteers are needed to support the Christian Education ministry at CPC. Examples include teaching, preparing coffee, playing the piano, serving on a coordinating team or storytelling. You can serve on either a short-term or long-term basis. For further information or to inquire about volunteering, contact the Coordinator of Christian Education.