Vacation Bible School
The VBS theme for 2017 is
During the school year, the nursery will be available for newborns through 3-year-olds during our three morning worship services. If you are visiting on Sunday, please see someone at the Welcome Desk, who will be glad to direct you to the nursery.
Children’s Sunday School
If you are new to the church, please see someone at the Welcome Desk on the lower level who can help you find the appropriate classes for your children.
9:30 – Bridges to Worship Classes
This integrated storytelling/worship program in the Godly Play tradition brings the Bible to life in the context of storytelling, quiet reflection, and mystery—a worship experience tailored to the developmental stage of your child.
All children (4-year-olds – 5th Graders) meet in Rooms 32/33.
Children remain in the classrooms for the entire hour and are picked up there and signed out by their parents or another authorized individual.
11:00 – Sunday School Classes
Younger children (3-year-olds – 3rd Graders) will study the Deep Blue Kids Sunday School curriculum. Older children (4th and 5th Graders) will study “Marvel” from Dwell/Faith Alive to prepare them for the transition to Youth Group and a more mature form of study.
All children begin the hour in the Sanctuary with their parents. Following the Blessing of the Young Disciples, they go with their teachers to their classrooms. (Exception: On Communion Sundays, the children stay in their classrooms for the entire hour.) After class, children must be met and signed out at their classroom by their parents or another authorized individual.
Welcome to Adult Ed at GPC!
One of the three pillars of GPC’s mission is to educate and equip each generation for Christian discipleship. The Adult Education program affords an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and meet new friends as we discuss, share, and educate one another in a small group atmosphere.
The program is a 4-part series of core, educational curriculum, designed by GPC for our diverse community of faith:
Life in Christ: An interactive exploration of what it means to follow Jesus. This small-group-oriented course in the basics of discipleship is for current GPC members and those considering becoming members of our congregation.
(This class was offered as a 9-week course on Sunday mornings from September to November 2016 and is repeated every few months as the need arises.)
Life in the Body: Continuing the small group discussions, focusing on coming together for fellowship, study, prayer and share time, and building relationships in our local and global community.
Life in the Spirit: Identifying our spiritual gifts, learning how God is calling us to implement those gifts as adults, and discussing God’s purpose and plan for each of us.
Life in the Word: An introduction to the Bible, Bible study, and the role it has in our everyday life as modern disciples.
In addition to the core curriculum, other ongoing courses are available:
- Christian Classics: The Beatitudes by Charles H. Spurgeon
- The Bible as a Whole: The Gospel of John
- The Present Word: Sovereignty of God
- Sermon Topic Discussion
Short-term courses supplement the ongoing courses. Recent topics have included Christian Parenting, The Joys and Challenges of Aging, and The Five Love Languages.
For more information, including class times and locations, please contact Steve Olin at (301) 840-9692 or John Hastings at (301) 869-1536.
FourthNight Adult Conversations and Classes (click here for schedule)
- Conversations are informal group discussions facilitated by a leader. Attendees share questions, thoughts, experiences, and insights.
- Classes are presented by an individual – on one night or a series of nights.
2nd Friday Book Club: Discussion of America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis.
For more detailed information regarding the various offerings listed above, click here.
Eugene Johnson February Lecture Series
The 2015 Eugene Johnson February Lectures at GPC were presented by Dr. David Brubaker, Associate Professor of Organizational Studies, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University. The Lectures comprised an all-day workshop (“Embracing Change”) on Saturday, February 14, and the sermon (“The Character of the Christian Peacemaker”) on Sunday, February 15.
Links to the workshop program, slides, and audio recording are provided below.