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.
2015-2016 Christian Exploration began September 13th. 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 a worship leader.
K-6th graders are learning together from the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum.
7-8th graders focus on preparing to make their personal Affirmations of Faith (Confirmation), and will become active members in June, 2016.
High school youth are learning together from Echo: The Story.
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.
Our Youth Group is open to students in 6th-12th grades. The group usually meets on the third Sunday of each month, at the white church building. Friends are always welcome! Check the church calendar for upcoming events.
We were excited this year to announce the introduction of the series “Feasting on the Word”! Participants study the scripture texts for the day and discuss what these texts mean in today’s world, and how we can continue to shaped in our discipleship by them.
Other opportunities for growth include:
Christianity Uncorked is our newest opportunity for exploration. It takes place on the first Tuesday of each month. Current topics of interest, and Christian responses to them, are discussed while the participants enjoy a beverage or a meal during the discussion. Everyone is welcome to stay for fellowship afterwards, also. We meet 6-7 PM at El Omeca Restaurant on Hwy 431 near Hampton Cove. Come check it out. We’ll see you there!
Immersion happens on Wednesday evenings from 6-7 P.M. Geared toward adults (whether young, middle or seniors), this discussion group immerses itself in the study of the Word of God. Check the calendar for the topics of our upcoming studies.
Monthly Bible Study: second Saturday of each month at 9:30 A.M. Interested church members 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 meet for fellowship, study and service.
Monday Centering Prayer. This practice of wordless prayer takes place from 6:00 to 6:30 PM every Monday in an upstairs classroom. Come explore what it means to be still and know the Lord.
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.