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.
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. Each week, the bulletin includes Sharing God’s Story @Home, which provides ideas and resources for personal and family devotions throughout the week.
Our Adult Sunday School class, taught by Lee Bowman, is using the Living The Word curriculum to allow Friends to study the passage of the day in-depth. This provides Friends with the opportunity to discuss the sermon and share how we feel that the passage can apply to our own lives and to the life of the Church. If you’re attending this class, plan on some interesting conversations on reading the Bible with Friendly eyes and hearts!
The Primary Class, taught by Chris and Judy Mills, and the Preschool/Kindergarten class, taught by Tanya Snarr, are also following the Living The Word curriculum. Age appropriate activities are selected for each group to plant big Gospel seeds in little hearts. The kids get the benefit of continuity between the Children’s Message in worship and their Sunday School lesson. Parents get the benefit of focusing on the same story as the kids, which helps to promote conversations about faith at home. Everyone wins!
The teens are doing something a little bit different: Global Issues and Biblical Perspectives, with Michael Snarr. They’ll be discussing current events in the light of Christian faith, the ways in which Quaker testimonies work themselves out in the everyday world, and playing a favorite game from Quaker Knoll Camp: Ask An Anonymous Question about the Bible. They also have a slate of youth activities and discussions planned, under the care of Ed and Wannetta Hartman.
Come and learn with Friends!
You will say, Christ saith this, and the apostles say this: but what canst thou say? Art thou a child of Light and hast thou walked in the Light, and what thou speakest, is it inwardly from God?