“They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” ~ Acts 2: 5
It doesn't matter the age - at Windsor Hills, we all are seeking to learn more of our wondrous God, of our faith story, and of the way to live our lives faithfully in today's complicated world. We invite you to experience the joy of studying God’s word along with other travelers on their faith journey.
Our Nursery offers a loving, safe, and welcoming environment for children from birth through age four to learn about and worship God. We engage the children in many ways including prayer, Bible lessons, stories, music, dance, and crafts.
Our Children's Sunday School Classes gather together to begin each lesson with singing, prayer, and a short video introduction before dispersing to their age appropriate classrooms for a lesson tailored just for them. Here children learn about Jesus and his love for them as they seek to develop a faith that will last a lifetime.
We are a "Safe Sanctuaries" congregation, which is an important part of the loving, safe and welcoming environment (see vaumc.org/SafeSanctuaries for more information). Our volunteers are background checked and reqiured to attend specialized training throughout the year.
Our Middle and Senior High Sunday School classes are an essential part of the faith experience. These classes are led by a variety of caring knowledgeable adults who interact with the youth in a variety of settings (not just the classroom). The lesson plans deal with issues important to youth as well as Bible study with a heavy emphasis on interaction and discussion.
Confirmation Classes are offered to our rising 6th graders and up who wish to be confirmed in the United Methodist Church. They participate in an 8 session series of classes led by our Pastor along with Lay Leaders and adult mentors. This class deals with what it means to be a Christian and a United Methodist in the world today.
Wednesday Mornings Matter: This class began in April 2018 and meets every other Wednesday at 8:30am in the conference room at the back of Salem Mill Mountain Coffee House. They recently completed a study on Adam Hamilton's book "Making Sense of the Bible" which provided great conversation and intellectual discussion. In September, the group read "Anatomy of Peace" written by The Arbinger Institute and enjoyed it so much we are reading the sequel "Leadership and Self-Deception." Over the summer, we read "40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith." Our group just finished reading "The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus", "Little Bee", and "Educated". Our current book is another book by The Arbinger Institue called "Outward Mindset". This is a co-ed class of various ages. We are currently meeting via Zoom every other week.
DIGG (Delighting in God's Grace) Class: Our newest class, which was formed from short-term study groups in the fall/winter of 2015, this group studies a variety of materials focusing on current events, bible study, parenting, and life issues. Most of the members of the class have younger children,but singles without children and recently married folks are welcome into the mix. And, just so you know, we don't check ID's at the door!
Parlor Group: This intimate class meets in a comfortable homelike setting at the Church to study and discuss contemporary Christian books. These books are often on the bestsellers list or written by well-known authors. The class leans heavily on discussion and does not rely upon a teacher to dictate the flow of the class content (also known as the Family Relations Class).
Esther - Women's Study Group:
Women are invited to explorethe Bible and the practical application of God's word in our lives with a series of Christian Women's studies, including authors Beth Moore, Kay Arthur, and Priscilla Shirer. We dig deeply into the history of Bible stories and we learn how these stories are applicable today in our own contemporary lives.
Barr-None Class: Our longest running class utilizes the New International Lesson Series. This highly regarded Bible study series gives insight into Scripture, including stories and anecdotes that help to make lessons come alive. The weekly study suggests ways to put lesson concepts into action. Four knowledgeable teachers lead this class and each one brings a unique perspective and a different approach to each lesson.
Sojourners Class: This class provides a larger classroom environment while retaining a strong sense of fellowship among the members. This group studies and discusses a variety of subjects including in-depth study of Bible passages, interesting topics found in Christian books, as well as discussing contemporary issues. Teaching is shared among several class members.
Wednesday Night Bible Study: During the Fall of 2018 we studied "The Jesus Principles: 8 Essential Habits" by Christopher Maricle. In this study, we will look at where Jesus placed his priorities. This helps us to discern how to live as a disciple in 21st century America, where to place our priorities. The Wednesday Night Bible Study is worked through the Book of Acts. In light of the times, Wednesday night Bible Study has moved online to Zoom. Pastor Doug is leading a Bible Study of Philippians at 10:30 am or 7 pm. Contact Pastor Doug at email@example.com.
During special times throughout the year, we embark on a study of the same material together as a church,
in sync with our worship services for the season.
Well-received by a large number of folks, we will continue that idea, with some variation in the future.
Our Lenten Study this year is "Disciples Path" by James Harnish.
For more information about our education program, please contact Marianne Bird at our church office 540-774-4730.