Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm beginning September 22, 2021
(dinner before classes begins at 6)
Unit 1: 9/29/21 – 10/20/21
Unit 2: 11/3/21 – 11/17/21
Unit 3: 12/1/21 – 12/15/21
Unit 4: January 12-26, 2022
Unit 5: February 9-23, 2022
Unit 6: March 9-23, 2022
Our Wednesday night gatherings are changing. Focal Point has developed out of our conviction that our obedience and active love for God and others begins with knowing God as he reveals himself in the gospel and his Word. When we lean on programs such as small groups, book studies, and worship attendance, they often come up short for biblical learning that is retained and transformative for life and godliness. Focal Point has been developed for deep learning that is transformative and equips us to become disciples who make disciples.
One big change will be that our learning times will be intergenerational, relational, and conversational so that we increase a sense of belonging for our youth (6th grade and up) and grow together. When we shift toward deep learning in this way, we free up other ministry efforts to focus more on relationships and discipleship.
Intergenerational Ministry Fosters Spiritual Formation
Throughout scripture, faith is an intergenerational reality. The young and old learn from and care for each other. They challenge one another to release their assumptions, think differently, and to practice compassion. Even today, thousands of years later, we read the scriptures told and retold by our spiritual ancestors. It turns out that Bible reading itself is intergenerational.
In God’s family, there is no hierarchy of power. Consequently, no matter one’s age, we are all teachers and learners. We are co-creators with the Divine and with one another. God calls us to guide one another in love and humility, holding fast to the love of God as our rule.
How much deeper is a faith that is rooted in the experience of those who have lived before and in the experience of one’s own life? And how much value is in the life and developing ideals of a culture that has grown up after your own identity and perspective has hardened some?
We each bear God’s image. So, of course, we discover our connection to the Divine as we encounter one another. It’s as though we plant seeds in each other’s hearts and minds that give way to growth, beauty and even more seeds we can then plant in the world.
We will begin each evening together in the gym sharing a meal before classes begin. There will typically be 2 classes running simultaneously throughout the year. One will focus on practical Christian living, and one will focus on foundational Christian truths and beliefs that are important to our understanding of faith. Each class will only be 3-4 weeks and will emphasize that our learning should lead to life change, not just knowledge for the sake of knowledge. After each 3-4 week “unit” we will use the next week for Family Night. KidLife Club will not have a separate meeting on those nights as we focus on keeping families together. For those not able to attend Wednesday nights, one of the classes will also be taught the following Sunday during the Sunday School hour.
Summer Schedule begins April 20. We will meet every other week. KidLife Club is over for the year, but there will still be a large group class for kids 3 years through 5th grade during Focal Point.