Discipleship Programs and Classes

Due to COVID-19, the church campus is closed. Please refer to our calendar for online classes, activities and contact information.

Online: Conversations with God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African Americans
 
Soul of a NationMondays, 5–6 p.m., February 1, 8, 15, 22 over Zoom
Led by Rev. Dr. Stephanie Lutz Allen / Sign up by emailing .

When living in Minneapolis, MN, there were many ways to celebrate Black History month every February—plays, art exhibits and more. I came upon the book Conversations with God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African Americans, and began making it a yearly tradition each February, reading through these amazing prayers that span two centuries. Church Historian and ordained Baptist minister James Melvin Washington divides the prayers into six epochs of the black experience in America, from slavery to post-modern. The book describes the prayers as “Uplifting, thankful, heartbroken, and inspired—they are a document of living, breathing conversations. At times contradictory and resentful, at others, despairing and pleading, but always speaking of a hard-won constancy.” No need to purchase the book. We’ll hear about the person/epoch of the prayer, read the prayer together, discuss, and then close with time for meditation on the prayer, as a guided Lectio Divina.

Online: Affirming Church Series
 
Affirming Church SeriesAffirming Church Series—What Does the Bible Say About LGBTQIA+ Inclusion
Thursday, February 25 ● 7-8:30 p.m. ● via ZOOM

In our continued efforts to be an affirming church we have invited Dr. Derrick McQueen to join us for a conversation around the way the Bible has been used to marginalize our LGBTQIA+ siblings and how we can actually look to the scriptures to see how we are called to embrace, include and uplift this segment of the Christian community. There will be time for Q and A.

 

 

* Watch our Previous Affirming Church Conversations Here

 

Online: Aging in Place Seminar
 
But How Will You Manage?
Wednesdays, February 24, March 3 & 10 ● 7-8:30 p.m. ● via ZOOM

Maturing adults concerned about congregate care in light of the current pandemic are considering remaining in their homes. Learn about the principles and resources, transportation, medical and ambulatory issues, along with legal matters, protection and prevention of abuse, and preparing the home for safe living.

Taught by Rev. Dr. Libby Boatwright, Palliative and Hospice specialist, Cindy Thorp, an attorney who specializes in assisting senior adults and Tiffany Mikles, who has provided training and coaching for family caregivers for over 32 years.

Register here.

 

Online: Sunday Morning Bible Study
 
Bible StudySundays ● 8:45–10 a.m. ● via ZOOM
Taught by various leaders

Join us for this popular Sunday morning study. The class will use a standard set of questions to explore the scripture reading for that Sunday. The study will emphasize new insights on how the scripture relates to everyday life.

Other Classes

Safe Church Training

The Safe Church Training classes are part of SVPC's program to ensure a safe environment where children, youth, and adults can grow in their relationship with God. This 90 minute class includes viewing of two half hour videos titled, “Safeguarding God’s Children.” Child care and snacks are provided. Pre-registration is helpful but not necessary