Adult Education at Gloria Dei
While we take children's education incredibly seriously and have made it a cornerstone of our congregation's ministry, educating those who are older for continuing training in God's Word is of the utmost importance as well. As we strive to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18), we've prepared several different opportunities to accomplish that goal.
Sunday Morning Bible Class
Time: Sundays from 9:15am to 10:15am
Location: Downstairs Church Fellowship Hall
We gather together before worship each Sunday to study portions of God's Word. Topics will range from studying books of the Bible from start to finish to specific subjects of interest to and requested by the class. Join us for a warm cup of coffee, lively discussion and study of God's Word, and a nice, meditative way to prepare for Sunday worship as well!
Online Monday Evening Bible Class
Time: Wednesdays from 8:00pm to 9:00pm, September - May
Location: Online, via GoToMeeting
We're busy and pulled 100 different directions each day. Finding time to study the Bible is difficult; getting yourself somewhere to do so with traffic and meals and families to consider if even more difficult. Gloria Dei's online Monday evening Bible class is designed to take some of those barriers to entry out of your Bible Study. Run in a similar format as our Sunday morning class, but covering different material, this online class lets you do a class Bible study from your own home. Sit at the kitchen table or curl up on the couch to join us for class and enjoy the love of your Savior in a special way on a weekday evening! Because of the technical requirements for GoToMeeting, you will need a special link each week to join the class. To be put on that mailing list, please contact Pastor Shrimpton.
Pre-Marriage Counseling for Post-Wedding Couples
Time: Fall 2016
Location: Downstairs Church Fellowship Hall
Give your marriage a Christ-centered Tune-up! Have you ever heard that saying, "Everything I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten"? In Kindergarten you learn and reinforce all the basic social skills that, ideally, you'll carry on with you through life. This class is for married couples based heavily on the lessons we go through with couples before their wedding. How has God designed marriage? How do you function in a marriage? How do you cooperate and communicate with each other even when the going gets tough? These are wonderful topics to discuss before getting married, but sometimes a review can be even more meaningful to a marriage relationship after your marriage has gone for a few miles.
Any sort of marriage counseling, whether it be a class like this or more individual, private counseling is not only for when things are at their worst. Like the preventative maintenance on a car, many times you can avoid problems by getting that oil changed and the tires rotated long before the tires blow and the engine seizes up. It is my prayer that this class not only be a blessing to couples whose marriages are experiencing a rough patch, but also many be a tuneup for continued smooth roads ahead. Please join us!
Bible Information Class
Times and locations by request
Grow in Your Faith and Knowledge! Our Bible Information Classes (BIC) are designed to serve a variety of purposes. Their primary purpose is for those who are interested in becoming members of Gloria Dei's congregation. The class enables students to study in depth all of the teachings of our congregation so that they can make an informed decision should they decide to join our congregation. Secondary purposes for this class are for those who simply curious about the Bible in general or in what Gloria Dei teaches who may wish to join a class to have long-standing questions addressed or to simply increase their personal knowledge of the Bible. The class also may serve a wonderful review purpose for those who have been Christians for much of their life, but would like to brush up on some things and dust out the cobwebs. These classes are free and presented on an as-requested basis, and can be held anywhere that is convenient for the student(s) enrolled. To request a class, please contact Pastor Shrimpton.
Young Adult Catechism Class
Sunday afternoons, 12:00pm to 1:30pm, September - May
Gloria Dei Classrooms
"Bring Your Children Up in the Training and Instruction of the Lord!"
Catechism Classes serve the same basic purpose as our Bible Information Classes, though for our member children. Typically the class runs for three years, from 6th Grade through 8th Grade, during which time the children broaden their understanding and knowledge from of God's Word, maturing from Sunday School lessons to a deeper understanding of the doctrines of the Bible. After satisfactory completion of the course, the member children may then be received in adult membership of Gloria Dei.