Come and Learn

Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people. Warn them before God against pious nitpicking, which chips away at the faith. It just wears everyone out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple.

from Second Timothy, chapter Two

Sunday School begins on September 10th! If you’re looking for a peaceful, progressive place for your family to explore faith education, there’s a home for you at Wilmington Friends Meeting. Come and learn with Friends!

Quaker education is not focused on providing you with the “correct” answer, which you can then foist upon the world. Rather, our focus is to equip you – and your children – with the tools and confidence you need to share your own faith story. To that end, Wilmington Friends Meeting offers Christian education opportunities for seekers and believers of all ages.

In Sunday morning worship, we generally follow the Narrative Lectionary. This is a way of presenting the story of the Bible in a holistic perspective. We follow along with the school year, beginning with the story of creation in September and moving through the Old Testament story in the fall, the story of Jesus in the winter and early spring, and the story of the early church in late spring and into early summer.

The Preschool/Kindergarten Sunday School class, taught by Amber Chaney and Samantha Shivers, will be following the Sparkling Still curriculum from Friends General Conference. Sparkling Still is a gentle introduction to Quaker values and perspectives, offering children age-appropriate stories and creative experiences.

The Primary Class, taught by Chris and Judy Mills, will be following the Shine curriculum, learning to Live in God’s Light. Shine is co-produced by the Church of the Brethren and Mennonites in the US and in Canada. Both the Brethren and the Mennonites, like Quakers, are historic peace churches, so each lesson includes a way to connect the Bible passage of the day to the peace witness.

The Teen class will be taught by Darlene Newby and Pastor Julie Rudd, and the Adult class will be taught by Lee Bowman. Both classes will use educational materials from Living the Word, which allows participants to delve into the passage used in morning worship. This provides Friends with the opportunity to discuss the sermon, learn more about the history behind the passage, and share how we feel that the passage can apply to our own lives and to the life of the Church. Plan on some interesting conversations on reading the Bible with Friendly eyes and hearts!