Christian Education is a very active ministry througout 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:

Class Location Building
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 

We are constantly adjusting the type of classes offered as our members make suggestions, especially when they offer to lead the class. Besides the Sunday School classes listed below, some evening study programs are available during the week. Please contact our Christian Educator for any questions or to ask about different opportunities.

Christian Viewpoints:

The Christian Viewpoints Class is known for lively discussions, good food, and plenty of coffee.  This year this class will look at Renegade Gospel: The Rebel Jesus. We also plan to tackle Ask: Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age. The third element to our class will be A Way Through the Wilderness: Growing in Faith when Life is Hard. Discussion and debate abound!

Location: church office.


Touchstone Women:

We are studying the foundational principles of the Christian life with the "30 Life Principles" by Dr. Charles Stanley. In this study, you will learn 30 principles to help us become more like Christ every day. This is accomplished through the power of the Holy Spirit, and through your own diligence and discipline as we learn principles such as: "Obey God and leave all the consequence to Him," "You reap what you sow, more than you sow, later than you sow," and "God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him,” and much more.

Location: Fellowship Building Room 203


Present Word:

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.  The study for the fall quarter is titled, The Christian Community Comes Alive, and explores the formation and growth of the Christian Community as Luke tells the story of the church in The Acts of the Apostles.

Location: Fellowship Building Room 201


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 Class

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.

Location: F202

Read the 2014 Class Faith Statements

Read the 2010 and 2012 Class Faith Statements


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)