Christian Education is a very active ministry throughout the year at Dorchester Presbyterian Church. Sunday School Classes are available for Children and Adults from September to May similar to the children's school year. Our adult classes have different approaches including a communal Bible study or video and small group discussions. If you are new to our church, please try several classes to find your best fit. Our children classes are broken down by age group and meet in different classrooms in the Education Building as well as the Fellowship Hall where the high school youth meet.
Youth Sunday School Classes
Our church provides nursery staff for infants and toddlers during Sunday School and worship service. Each Sunday School classroom will have 2-3 teachers in rooms to welcome and consistently engage kids with stories following curriculum prepared by Christian Education as well as time for crafts. The locations for the classroom by grade are shown below:
|Infant and Toddler Nursery||E102||Education (1st floor)|
|PreK-K||E104||Education (1st floor)|
|1st-3rd Grade||E204||Education (2nd floor)|
|4th-6th Grade||E203||Education (2nd floor)|
|7th-8th Grade||F202||Fellowship (2nd floor)|
|High School||F204||Fellowship (2nd floor)|
Adult Sunday School Classes
The Christian Viewpoints Class is known for lively discussions, good food, and plenty of coffee. This class will watch and discuss intriguing video series with thought provoking material related to Biblical history and events. This class will also discuss weekly current topics from The Wired Word.
Location: church office.
We are studying "The Life You Have Always Wanted" by John Ortberg. You can live a deeper, more spiritual life right where you are. John Ortberg calls readers back to the dynamic heartbeat of Christianity - God's power to bring change and growth - and reveals both the "how" and "why" of transformation.
Participants are invited to reflect on how they might live in faith and love. The Present Word nurtures individual growth of the participants as children of God rooted in the Christian community, life in the Spirit and Christian hope. Discussion and activities encourage participants to live out their faith in their individual and congregational activities.
Location: Fellowship Building Room 201
Faith 101 is a new class this year where we strengthen and explore individual and communal faith. This class has a combined focus of seminary basics and spiritual discernment in trying to determine who we are and how we are called to live our beliefs.
Dorchester Presbyterian Church generally hosts a year-long class to prepare confirmands every 2 years. Please check with the Pastor or any member of the Christian Education committee if you would like to be confirmed.
Confirmation classes include a mentoring program and classes for youth in the 7th grade or older to study the basics of Presbyterian beliefs and to enter into full membership in the church. The culmination of the class is the writing of personal faith statements by each member choosing to make their public profession of faith.
New Members Classes
Inquirers are invited to attend our new members class. The class includes five 1 hour sessions on consecutive Sundays during the Church School hour. Those wishing to join are received into membership on the final Sunday during a welcome breakfast. Please consult the calendar for the dates. Discover what it means to be Presbyterian and how you can become a member of the Dorchester family.
Safe Place Policy
Our "Safe Place Policy" is designed to protect our children and youth from abuse as well as protect our staff and volunteers from false allegations of abuse. Included in this policy are guidelines for Nursery, Children's Church, Sunday School, and Presbyterian Youth Connection. All of our staff and volunteers have completed training on this policy and filled out applications, which includes a background check authorization. It is our hope that through this policy all of God's children feel (and are) safe participating in the mission and ministry of this congregation.
Safe Place Policy (pdf)