Join us on Wednesday evenings starting on January 10th. We will meet together for a meal at 5:30 pm and then break into various class opportunities for children, youth, and adults. The cost for a meal is $6.50 per adult and $4 per child ($20 per family max).
One of the things we need for our Wednesday night meals are groups willing to be responsible to be the dinner host for that evening.
It is a wonderful way to raise a little money for your favorite mission area, and it provides a much needed and very welcomed service to your church family. It’s also a fun way to build community within your own small group. Please contact Barbara Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-638-5711 to schedule a date for your group. The best dates – and menus - go fast so call soon !
Wednesday Night Live Classes
CHILDREN’S MUSIC AND WORSHIP ARTS * LED BY NAN DE ANDRADE
All of our children from preschool age all the way through 5th grade are invited to participate in these special activities on Wednesday Night. These will include singing and preparing music to sing in worship, but will also touch on various arts including painting, puppets, bells, drama, gardening, and other engaging activities. There is always lots of variety and fun!
JOSEPH: THE JOURNEY TO FORGIVENESS
Led by Lara Rowland * This is a study open to all women and it will explore what God has to say to us about grace and forgiveness through Joseph's story of trial and triumph found in Genesis 37-50. As we study his dreams, his betrayers, his dysfunctional family, his struggle to forgive, and his journey toward reconciliation, we'll find truths that echo into our own personal situations as well as practical help for answering common questions, such as: How do I stop dwelling on the hurt? Is forgiving someone excusing what happened? When will I stop having to re-forgive? Is there a difference between forgiveness and reconciliation? How can I forgive and still set boundaries? Is it ever okay not to forgive? This will be an exciting time of fellowship and sharing for all women of the church. This is a continuation of the study started in January, but if you are new please join us! For more info, contact Lara Rowland, email@example.com.
“TO TILL AND TO KEEP”--Genesis Garden Workgroup * Led by Shelia Rittgers, Christina Cone, and Anabela Mendes. In the very beginning of creation, God placed Adam and Eve in a garden. Genesis 2:15 offers instructions for humanity to take care of the garden. “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.” By taking care of the land and raising food in our patch of land, we serve as witnesses to God’s new creation happening in Christ.
We have a wonderful garden ministry at Aldersgate where we can care for God’s creation and serve others as part of our Christian witness. With longer daylight and warmer weather, we are gathering a group to serve in the garden on Wed. nights. Maybe a traditional classroom setting is not your thing or you need a way to wind down after a long day of work. Either way, getting our hands in the soil and working together can be refreshing and rejuvenating. We hope you will join us.
THE PSALMS FOR PRAYER AND WORSHIP * Led by Eric Prenshaw * Within our Scriptures we have a wonderful resource for prayer, worship, devotion, and cultivating an authentic relationship with God -the book of Psalms. The Psalms expresses every desire and emotion of the human heart—from praise, thanksgiving, anger, regret, fear, lamentation, trust, and hope. No matter what you are feeling, it is encouraging to hear how others have cried out to God and found a source of encouragement and hope in the midst of trials.
In this class we explore the various types of Psalms, how we can use them for personal prayer, and how our life as individuals and as a community can be enriched by meditating upon them. We will use various art forms to explore the Psalms more deeply including creative writing, visual art, and music. These poems were meant to be sung. You might even say that the book of Psalms was the hymnbook Jesus knew. So we will learn some new songs using the music of Wendell Kimbrough, Charles Pettee and Folkpsalm, and others. You don’t have to sing, but we hope you will join in making a joyful noise together.
NURSERY - Nursery care is provided each Sunday morning from 8:15 until noon and Wednesday evenings in the Family Life Center from 6:30 –7:30 pm..