Christian Education

Sunday School

Adult Bible Class

The Adult Bible Class is a cordial, friendly group that welcomes visitors and new members. With one teacher and one substitute teacher, the class is led in an on-going study of God’s Word. The study closely follows the United Methodist Lectionary, giving the class an expanded view of the pastor’s sermon that day.

The group enjoys frequent social outings together outside the Sunday School hour for fun and fellowship.

The Adult Bible Class meets in Room 101 in the Education Building at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday. Come, give it a try!

Asbury Study Group

The Asbury class is an eclectic assortment of individuals from diverse backgrounds with divergent opinions who are united by a common love of Jesus. The class meets to study the Bible and discuss life issues from a Biblical perspective. Our leader focuses the energetic discussions and tries to keep everyone on track. The class opens with coffee and prayer upstairs in Room 209 promptly at 9:45 a.m. – or whenever the current president is able to call the room to order!

Christian Faith 101

Christian Faith 101 is currently being offered Sundays at 9:40 a.m. in Room 203. Jonathon Lowe teaches this study on the basics of the Christian life from the Alpha Course. If you are new to the Christian faith, or have questions for which you want answers, this study is for you.

Covenant Class

People of all ages attend the Covenant Class to explore how to live in relationship with each other and with God. Our lessons come from Christian study texts with emphasis on the Scriptures and how they apply to our everyday lives. The class has a discussion format and is facilitated by Carolyn Belk. We have lots of discussion and everyone has an opportunity to express their opinions.

Stop by Room 201 on Sunday at 9:40 a.m.. Linda’s homemade desserts, the excellent coffee, the lively discussion, and the friendly class members will keep you coming every week.

Elementary Sunday School

St. Stephen’s Children’s Sunday School program teaches children from three (potty trained) to eleven the foundational stories of the faith. Classes are grouped by age/grade. All children are invited to attend and visitors are always welcome. We gather in Room 106 from 9:40-10:40 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Nursery

From birth to four years old, St. Stephen’s nursery is available every Sunday morning to show God’s love through gentle care.

The Journey

Twenty-somethings in college and careers, married and single, find companionship and guidance for the journey in this class, which meets in Room 112 every Sunday at 9:40 a.m.. Come give it a try!

Truth Quest

Truth Quest Sunday School Class meets in Room 207 at 9:40 a.m. each Sunday morning. The class studies a variety of Biblical topics, and includes a lively discussion time. We welcome men and women of all ages, from all walks of life.

The Yahweh Sisterhood

The Yahweh Sisterhood consists of women ranging in age from their 20’s to 60’s in all stages of their lives. Studies focus on issues of living as women of faith. Please stop by and join us for a visit in Room 200 each Sunday at 9:40 a.m., where you will be among friends.

Youth (Grade 6 Through Grade 12)

St. Stephen’s has an active and vibrant youth program. Middle school students meet for Sunday school in Room 202. Sunday school for high school students is in the Youth Activity Room (205). In addition, Jr and Sr High youth meet on Sunday afternoons at 12:15 p.m. and participate in a variety of activities ranging from the fun to the serious.

Member Course

St. Stephen’s offers many opportunities to further your knowledge of God’s word. Courses in Christian Education can be found every Sunday in a variety of different Sunday School classes and throughout the year in various Bible studies. Listed below are just a sample of the courses open to the members and visitors of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church.

Disciple One

The Foundational Overview

The first Disciple Bible study serves as the basis for all other studies in the Disciple family that follow. Over the course of 34 weeks, Disciple One covers the entire Bible (Old and New Testaments), following the biblical story from Creation to the New Jerusalem.

Disciple Two

This 32-week study offers deeper examination of Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts, emphasizing the rhythm of coming to God and going for God… approaching all experiences of life as opportunities for faithful witness and service.

Disciple Three

In the Old Testament Prophets and the Letter’s of Paul, this 32-week study examines the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. Participants will find common themes, including calls to remember, calls to repent, calls for renewal, and calls for community.

Disciple Four

The phrase “under the tree of life” conveys the promise of finding shelter, security, and rest in God’s love. In this 32-week study of the Old Testament Writings, the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John, James, Jude, and finally Revelation, participants will see the entire process of living toward final completion of rest and reward.

Covenant Bible Study

Covenant is an in-depth group Bible study in which participants read and discuss the Bible together, learning how to love God – and each other – better.

Three 8-episode segments each explore a different aspect of Covenant life. Each will examine what Covenant means, and the progression of a Covenant relationship with God.

Creating

Examines how the Covenant community is created and established.

Living

Focuses on how the community lives out their Covenant in faithful love—how it’s applied to actual relationships in everyday life.

Trusting

Looks at the crises that sometimes call Covenant life into question, and how we are restored to trust in God when troubling things happen.
Covenant represents a relationship—a living, breathing conversation. And we invite you to join in it.

Christian Believer

The Christian Believer program focuses on classical teachings of the Christian faith—presenting, explaining, and interpreting them in a way that participants can understand, through the use of words, symbols, and hymns. Over a 30-week period, participants will examine the writings of ancient and modern Christian commentators and view video presentations by leading Bible scholars.

Methodism 101

“United Methodism 101” (UM101) is designed for new United Methodists and anyone wanting to know more about the denomination, as well as long-time United Methodists who would like to check their basic knowledge of the church.