Sunday School Classes at Dorchester Presbyterian Church 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 used by The Good Shepherd School during the week as well as the Fellowship Hall where the high school youth meet.
Adult Sunday School Classes
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.
We will explore together how to grow in our faith through daily devotion as well as communal Bible study. We will be guided by devotionals such as Jesus Calling, These Days and our own experiences of God during the week. In addition we will read Searching For Sunday by Rachel Evans, a series of stories told around the church's sacraments. We will spend class time in prayer, biblical reflection, discussion, and supporting each other on our spiritual journeys.
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
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)|
One of the important sacraments of the Presbyterian Church is Confirmation. 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)