Christian Exploration comes in various forms at Big Cove Church for children, youth, and adults.
Why “exploration”? Because our spiritual journeys always involve investigating, discussing, and learning something new! Questions about any of these opportunities may be addressed to the pastor. Please note that we give our teachers a breather during the summer months so we do not meet June, July and August.
Rally Day Kick-Off in September begins our Christian Exploration program. This year, we will be using the One Room School House Model, giving our older youth an opportunity to teach and mentor our younger children under adult supervision.The Fall Curriculum will be “The God We Can Know,” as we learn about who God is through the “I am” sayings of Jesus.
We believe that every aspect of church life can be used for learning. Our children and youth learn from participating in worship, from reading the scripture to collecting the offering to greeting people at the door to singing. Youth who are seeking an even greater challenge take on the significant role of worship leader.
The annual Christmas program typically incorporates the gifts of children and youth through artistic contributions, as well as participation in skits, singing and various instruments. Big Cove is extremely blessed to have children and youth who have been graced with many talents that they enthusiastically share. We are always excited to welcome new faces into the group.
The Youth Program also offers a dedicated time for youth to discuss current events and other special topics happening in the lives of teenagers. Also included are bible study and prayer, along with games, movies, music, ice cream trips and other enjoyable activities. Friends are always welcome! Check the church calendar for upcoming events.
Sunday mornings during the school year, the Adults enjoy a rotating series of short-term topics. Past topics have included Interfaith Series – engaging lectures and discussions with guest speakers of various faiths, The NOOMA video series – a contemporary exploration of traditional church teachings, and The Thoughtful Christian – a downloadable, read-ahead weekly study on various relevant issues. This September, adults will exploring the “I am” sayings of Jesus Christ in order to gain a fuller understanding of who God is.
Other opportunities for growth include:
Christianity Uncorked, our newest opportunity for exploration, takes place on the first Tuesday of each month. The group discusses current topics of interest, and Christian responses to them. Enjoy a beverage or a meal during discussion and stay for fellowship. We normally meet at Carson’s Restaurant in Hampton Cove from 6-7 PM; however, due to this month’s subject, we are expecting a larger group requiring more space – so on Tuesday Sept. 2nd we will instead meet at the El Omeca Restaurant on Hwy 431 near Hampton Cove. This month’s topic is “The Christian Response to Homosexuality.” What does the Bible say for and/or against homosexuality? Which do you believe God gives more weight: sin, love/hate, compassion? If you are a Christian against gay union, how do you address gay friends or neighbors? If you are pro-gay marriage, how do you address your Christian neighbor who is against gay union? There are so many questions to consider… Below are links to the read-ahead items provided as some “food for thought” to help facilitate this discussion:
Immersion happens on Wednesday evenings from 6-7 P.M. Geared toward young – middle – and senior adults, this discussion group immerses itself in the study of the Word of God. Check the calendar for our upcoming study of the Gospel of Luke.
Men’s Monthly Bible Study: second Saturday of each month at 9:30 A.M. Interested men meet monthly to study scripture. David Lilly is the teacher and discussion leader. The lesson format is a line-by-line analysis and discussion of the book under study. The group prides itself on its diversity of opinion. You do not have to be a biblical scholar to attend; only an open mind is required. Fresh ideas are welcomed.
Presbyterian Women’s Circle Group and Study: first Monday of each month at 10 A.M. The women met for fellowship, study and service. Contact Gail Birdsong for more information.
Thursday Morning Prayer Group: Thursdays at 10 A.M. Part of Christian Education is the practice of prayer. The Thursday Morning Prayer Group meets weekly to pray for different needs and to learn more about prayer.