Sunday Morning Faith Formation 

Sunday morning classes meet weekly, September through May, from 9:45am to 10:45am, unless otherwise noted. If you would like more information about any of these groups, contact Chrissy Williamson at cwilliamson@mpbconline.org or 704.334.7232 x 123. 

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SUNDAY MORNING YOGA 
Cornwell Center Group Exercise Room 
Instructor:  Katie Kucich 
Contact: Chrissy Williamson, cwilliamson@mpbconline.org 

Sunday Morning Yoga is an opportunity for adults of all ages and stages to connect with body, mind and spirit in this community of faith. If you’re interested in trying yoga as a spiritual practice that engages your body, mind, and spirit, join us! During our practice, we engage in beginner level yoga that will help you prepare for worship in new ways (and won’t get you too sweaty). 

 
THE BRIDGE
Room 253 
Facilitators: Chrissy Williamson, cwilliamson@myersparkbaptist.org) and Carrie Veal, cveal@myersparkbaptist.org 

The Bridge class is open to all, but specifically designed for youngish adults. All are welcome, no matter who you are or who you’re with. Within the greater context of the whole Church, participants view themselves as the bridge between who we have been, who we are, and who we will become as a community of faith. Throughout this year, we’ll study New Testament texts that help us connect — mind, body and spirit — with the ever-changing world around us.

 
LIFE CLASS
Coffee House in the basement of the education building
Multi-generational, tends to be adults 55+

Leaders: Ed Hinson, edhinson@jmdlaw.com and Eleanor Brawley, eleanordbrawley@gmail.com

The Life Class is a longstanding multigenerational class that works to create an atmosphere of free discussion and sharing while studying a wide range of topics, selected by the planning team for the class. Topics include biblical texts and themes, the teachings of important theologians, religious themes found in literature and plays, discussions of local, national, and international issues, and Christian responses and actions. The class always welcomes new participants. “We believe we are on a faith journey and that we can learn from one another and from outside leaders.” 

Click here for the LIFE Class Fall Schedule 2018

 
CENTERQUEST
Room 256
Leader: Nancy Berry
, berryn41@hotmail.com 

Centerquest is a group with mixed family status, ages, and interests who discuss a variety of subjects. Class leadership is shared among members. The class occasionally gathers for social activities and encourages involvement in outreach. Recent classes have covered material from Joseph Campbell, Karen Armstrong, Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, and Serene Jones. At times we have experiential learning, exploring nature and creativity. Where it fits, we use the Centerquest model, based on the work of Carl Jung. All are welcome to join or visit at any time. 

 
FIFTH DIMENSION
Library  
Leader: MaryAnn Largen, Mal145@msn.com 

A long-standing, traditional Sunday school class where we share pastoral concerns, sing hymns, and explore Bible lessons. Our teachers include the ministerial staff at this Church and other Church members who love to teach. 

 
SEEKERS 
Room 257  
Contact:  Tony Dick, email Tony 

The Seekers are a group of individuals from a variety of religious and spiritual backgrounds that gathers to discuss topics ranging from theology to social justice to movies. We are open to the teachings and wisdoms of faith traditions both new and old, and from far and near. We enjoy a good discussion on just about any topic. Our conversations are sparked by sacred writings, literature, social commentary, and other contemporary media.

 
EXPLORERS 
Room 255  
Leader:  Jenny Martella, jennymartella@yahoo.com 

The Explorers class was originally formed more than 10 years ago by a group of new members looking to form closer relationships with other MPBC members. We are proud of the diverse age group representation in our class and we learn from each other. The class hosts conversations led by group members who have committed to leading one month at a time. Recent topics have included a discussion of author Richard Rohr, meditation, and the intersection of faith and daily life. Another popular source for conversations is the Wired Word, a weekly iteration of current events and how they relate to faith. We host a potluck dinner at member homes up to twice a year.

 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES 
Room 260
Leader:  Jim Hanley, j.hanley@me.com 

A psychological approach to spirituality, based on the principles of A Course In Miracles (“ACIM”) as they relate to all-inclusive forgiveness. The focus is on coping with life’s challenges and discovering paths to inner peace. (Introductory ACIM classes are available every Sunday, 9:00-9:45a, by prior appointment.)


READ THE BIBLE AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME 
Room 254
Leader: Nancy Culp, nec0414@yahoo.com

Do you know where to find the story of Job or Jonah? Did you know there’s a book in the Bible named Habakkuk? Is Luke a book in the Bible or a Star Wars character? Did you know the Bible has over 1000 chapters? Let’s read the Bible again, perhaps for the first time, and find the answers to these and many other questions. We will engage in an overview of all 66 books of the Bible. Keep in mind, this is not biblical scholarship or a “critical examination” of scripture. This is a surface dance, a mere glance, at the book we call Holy. Join us as we open the Bible to these books, these verses, these words upon which we rest our understanding of our Christian faith. Come on, it’ll be fun! Oh, and bring a Bible of your choice. 


FAITH DEVELOPMENT
Room 250
Leaders: Jon and Teddi Benson, jonathonbenson6@gmail.com

This class is for those who want the opportunity to examine their personal faith system in community with others. The five-month discussion class explores the following main areas:
  • Developing a Personal Theology: Do you believe in God? What is the nature of a human’s relationship to God? Who was Jesus? What is God’s sense of power and control in the world? Why is there evil? Why the crucifixion? What is grace? 
  • How Can the Bible be a Faith Resource: An introduction to the Old and New Testaments?  
  • The Spiritual Life: What is the value of silence and meditation? Why is corporate worship important? What can I expect to happen when I pray? How do I develop a faith journal? 
  • Missions: How do I identify my spiritual gifts? What is mission? How do I apply my gifts? 
The class meets Sunday mornings at 9:45 beginning January 6 and continuing through May. 


DOORWAYS 
Shalom Hall Conference Room 
Leader: Beth Walters 

This group will go through doors, not into a place, not with right answers, but doorways for you to cut a path that you want to investigate and come to know as your personal faith. It starts with exploring your sense – and the sense of others on this exploration with you – of the nature of God, then of the person of Jesus, including the writings and concepts of current theologians. Eventually, we will look at how you continue your “pathway” and where it might be leading you. Many Sunday mornings we will face the truly unexpected and it will give us new space and freedom to see even Christianity in a new way.

Doorways will meet in Shalom Hall Conference room (the windowed basement room to the left of the elevator).
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