Wednesday Adults and Youth Christian Education - W.A.Y.

Jesus said: "I am the Way, the Truth and The Life.

 

Our Wednesday evening programs are the foundations of the Christian Education and Music programs at the First Presbyterian Church.

 

Every Wednesday evening from September until late May, we offer Christian Education classes and choir programs for all ages - children, youth, and adults.  

 

The WAY program will start again on September 12, 2018.

 

On each Wednesday during the church year, we gather at 6:15 pm to begin our programs, and then we split into various age groups, as shown below.   For those who want to gather earlier we provide food and drink beginning at 5:00 to get you through the evening.

(Reservations (570-586-6306) are needed for the supper, but no reservations are required for the programs.)

  • Chapel Choir (grades K-6) begins at 5:30, under the direction of our organist, Kay Ten Eyck
  • All Christian Education classes begin at 6:15 pm
  • Adult choir rehearsal begins at 7:15 pm.  This choir welcomes young adults and older teens who love to sing.
  • The handbell choir begins at 8:30 pm.

 

  • Classes
    • Spark (Newborn - 3 year old) enjoy Bible stories, songs and games in the nursery. In November they will be learning about how God called Samuel, David is chosen, Solomon builds the temple, and Angels visit Mary.
    • Power Xpress (4 year old - Grade 5) Are divided into two ages groups and experience Bible stories through interactive rotation classes. November’s units will be David the Boy, Daniel, and Journey to Bethlehem.
    • We Believe (Grades 6-8) This fall, students will explore a unit called Knowing God, answering questions about who God is and who we are as Christians. In December, we will ask "How strong is God's power", and relate our view of God to our daily lives.
    • PresbyYouth (Grades 9-12 and college-age adults) are encouraged to either join an adult class or participate in the middle school class.
    • Adults: meet in one or two classes throughout the church year with a variety of topics of concern to today's believers.
      • Radical Ideas from Paul: 1 Corinthians (October 10 - 31) The apostle Paul can be controversial, yet his ideas anchor the New Testament. In this study, we will read one letter carefully, considering how Paul’s enthusiasm for Jesus connects with his forceful opinions.  With Dr. Charlie Pinches, who teaches theology and ethics at the University of Scranton.
      • Music You Won't Hear in Church - But Should (October 10 - 24) Join Dr. Alan Baker for an experience of the prophetic power of music. We will take a listening survey of choral works about social justice, care of the earth, and community life—-that may seem to be challenging for the church! Dr. Alan Baker teaches choral music at Bloomsburg University and directs the Choral Society of NEPA.
      • Looking ahead - check our our entire fall adult education program brochure.
  • Choirs

    • Chapel Choir (5:30 - 6:10 pm) - .  This is our youth choir for children from Kindergarten through grade 6. In the choir, children begin to learn about church music and the role of music in worship while learning basics of choral singing, in a fun and age-appropriate setting.  All children are welcome; they need not be members of the church to participate.
    • Alleluia Choir (Alternate Thursdays begining Sept 14 at 6:30) - This is our middle and high school choir.
    • Adult Choir - (7:15 - 8:30 pm) Our adult choir, which includes teens above grade 7, is the primary choir, supporting our worship and other events and activities.  It is open to all who are interested in worhiping God with music.  There are no tryouts or auditions.
    • Handbell Choir- (8:30 - 9:15 pm) The handbell choir features a 3½ octave set of Malmark bells, choirchimes, and joins in worship about every six weeks.

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