What does it mean to say we are People of the Book? As Christians, we are led to build a relationship with Jesus through reading God’s word in the Bible and through prayer. The Christian Education Ministry at River Road seeks to guide you in this process by offering tools you can use to study and discern God’s word and to assist you in making the most of your prayer time. Watch for Bible reading tips for you and your family, prayer exercises, specific Bible verses, and more. These items will be shared in a variety of ways - here on the website and through our Facebook and Instagram spaces.
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Christians live in God’s Kingdom at the same time we live in the world. The world’s cultural messages are strong and often counter to the Kingdom messages. We are called to be transformed into Christ’s disciples by the renewal of our minds. One way to hear God’s Kingdom message is to read Scripture. Another is to read books written by Christians that build us up in the faith. In this space we will offer titles of books that have encouraged and strengthened others.
We invite you to share with us any books that you have found valuable in your faith journey. Please let our Christian Education Ministry consider promoting titles that have touched you in this space.
Let’s Read! Join us in May to read The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence, which is among the most enduringly popular of all Christian devotional works. It is a collection of conversations with a simple seventeenth-century French Carmelite monk who, through the simplest of everyday activities, was able to achieve a profound intimacy with God. Brother Lawrence's teaching has resonated with Christians for more than three hundred years.
Let’s Read! Looking forward to summer - we will be taking the summer months to read Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ. Combining the fascinating insights of historical Jesus studies with profound spiritual insights about Christ, Father Martin recreates the world of first-century Galilee and Judea to usher you into Jesus's life and times and show readers how Jesus speaks to us today. Martin also brings together the most up-to-date Scripture scholarship, wise spiritual reflections, and lighthearted stories about traveling through the Holy Land with a fellow (and funny) Jesuit, visiting important sites in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.
Faith and Family
A little bit of parenting, a little bit of marriage enrichment, a little bit of faith development, and a little bit of Bible 101. Join us as we support each other and learn together! This class meets in the Parlor in the main building. Faith and Family Class will resume in the fall.
God in Action
This class explores how the Bible is relevant in all aspects of our lives using a rotation schedule including: Praying the News led by Jenn Cornell, History of the Christian Church led by Linda Thomas, and Bible Study (leader to be determined). This class meets in Kemp Hall. The God in Action Class will resume in the fall.
Martin B. Williams Adult Bible Class
The class studies the Bible using The Present Word, a PC(USA) curriculum based on the Uniform Lesson Series. This faithful class joins in singing at the beginning of each class followed by sharing the Joys and Concerns of our congregation and prayer. This class is taught by a team of four devoted teachers and meets in room 01 in the basement of the main building. This class meets year-round.
Upcoming classes include:
June 16 - The New Covenant's Sacrifice - Hebrews 9:11-28; Andrew Sanders, teacher
June 23 - Hearts United in Love - Colossians 2:1-15; Mark Crean, teacher
June 30 - Jesus Teaches about Right Attitudes - Matthew 5:1-12; Bill Osborne, teacher
Wednesday Evening Programs
Following Wednesday Night Suppers (held fall through spring), we often offer programs on specific topics, Bible studies, how-to sessions, etc. Be sure to sign up for supper before the program and share some fellowship! Check back in the fall.
Women's Bible Study
The Women's Bible Study generally meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays each month through March at 1:00 p.m. in the Parlor, with a break during December.
Young Adult Small Group
Young adults are invited to small group dinners followed by discussion time on Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. The group meets at the home of Rev. Andrew Whitehead. You may bring a dish or drinks to share. The group began with a study of the Psalms of Ascent (120-134). They will study one Psalm each week, starting with a reading of a few different translations then have a time for people to discuss their first impressions or emotional reactions to the Psalm. Andrew will provide background information and/or commentary where needed or when requested. RSVP to Andrew Whitehead.
Thursday Afternoon Bible Study
This groups meets every Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in Saunders Hall fall through spring. Leadership includes Leigh Anne Ring, Jane Sewell, and Linda Thomas. Questions? Contact Leigh Anne Ring.