Christian Education

"...Some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ."    Ephesians 4:11-12

Our Goal: Enable everyone an opportunity to explore their faith and deepen their knowledge & understanding of God's word.

We believe the "Way of Life taught by Jesus Christ" is a lifelong spiritual endeavor. We also believe that it is important for you to walk the journey with others and share what you have learned along the way. There are many opportunities for Christians of all ages to come together in a safe and nurturing learning environment. Everyone is welcome to participate, whether they are a member of our church or any other.

Special Needs 
We are committed to welcoming all children and for providing assistance to children with special needs. If your child requires special assistance to attend or participate, please let us know. Adapted lessons can offer a meaningful journey of faith for children with a broad range of physical and mental abilities.

 

Social buddies and aides are available for children and families to provide adults and caregivers respite and spiritual renewal. We welcome every member of our faith family to participate. 

Safe Sanctuaries

Park Ridge Community Church is committed to a safe and secure environment for everyone and has implemented policies to ensure our children’s safety. Anyone over 18 years of age who works with children has undergone a background check. It is PRCC policy that no adult be left alone with a minor. During Sunday school, classroom doors remain open and adults are located in hallways as monitors in case a classroom does not have two adults present. All of our volunteers take part in an annual review of our Safe Sanctuaries policy.

 

Sunday School

PRCC offers a Sunday School program with classes divided by grade level and taught by trained volunteers from the congregation. At the center of all our teaching is the assurance that they are loved, they are seen, and listened to— they are all wonderfully made in Christ! Throughout the year, the children in Sunday school are involved in various mission and outreach projects that reflect lessons learned in the classroom. 

 

On Sundays during the school year, classes for children, preschool thru 3rd grade, take place in the Sunday School wing of the building. Classes for older children, 4th-12th grade, take place in Jordan hall, downstairs. For the first 15 minutes of the 10:00 AM worship service, the children remain with their family.  

 

After the Children's message, they are dismissed to join their teachers for music time and class. Classes run until the end of the worship service. A parent is required to meet their young children in the classroom at the end of each class. 

2019- 2020 Registration

Registration forms for the 2019-2020 are now available. Sunday school will be holding an open house on September 8th for the upcoming school year, though can register your child at any time. Click here.

If you have any questions, please contact a Sunday School Facilitator at:

sundayschool@parkridgecommunitychurch.org.

Sunday School Music   

After dismissal from the 10:00 AM service, the younger children meet for 15 minutes of music time led by Staff Members from our Music Ministry. There they will learn songs that match the Bible story lesson of the day. These songs are frequently included in the regular worship service or in special events like the Christmas pageant.

Christmas Pageant 

Our beloved Christmas Pageant takes place during the 10 AM worship service in mid-December. Children preschool through high school are invited to participate by singing or speaking, and each will wear a fabulous costume! Even babies and toddlers have a part to play, as cherubs carried into the Sanctuary by teen angels. There is room for everyone at this inn! 

 

An important rehearsal takes place the morning of Saturday before the pageant. Songs will be rehearsed during regular music time during November and December. 

 
VIRTUAL VBS
 
Everyday Heroes Who: Kids entering pre-K through 5th grade When and Where: Mon. July 20 - Thurs. July 23 The VBS videos will appear on the PRCC YouTube channel daily at 10am throughout the week! Families will be able to stream whenever it is convenient for them! What: Kids will engage in guided videos through activities, stories, songs, and service opportunities to be an everyday hero! Everyday heroes SEE God, SHARE kindness, SPEAK out, and SERVE others! How: Register online by Friday, July 10th to sign up for pick up or home delivery of a Virtual VBS kit! Pick up and delivery will be Friday July 17th. (Be checking your email or the church website for the Registration Link!)
 
For more information, contact: Teri and Shelly: sundayschool@parkridgecommunitychurch.org Pastor Mollie: pastormollie@parkridgecommunitychurch.org * Everyday Hereos: Virtual VBS will coincide with the July Sermon Series, Everyday Hereos! To help involve the kids more, we would love to hear from them! Kids, pre-k through 5th grade: Tell us about or show us your everyday hero! Send us an artistic image or a poem or a short clip or song about your hero (your parent? your teacher? Mr. Rogers? Malala? Jesus?) by Wed. July 8th, and we’ll include those in the Virtual VBS! sundayschool@parkridgecommunitychurch.org
Stepping Stones
First Communion

Holy Communion Class is a three-week class to prepare children in second grade and older for their first communion. All are welcome to take communion at our church regardless of age, but this class better prepares them for this threshold event by teaching them about the meaning behind the sacrament.

 

Holy Communion classes meet for three sessions during the early spring. Completion of the class is followed by their First Communion, celebrated with the congregation during the second worship service.

My Bible

My Bible is an eight-week course for third graders (and older) that teaches children how to use the Bible as an essential tool of their faith. Participants are given their own Bibles on the first day of the class to read and take notes on Scripture passages as we walk through them during the eight week course.

They are officially presented with their Bibles during a Sunday service at the conclusion of the class. My Bible class meets during regular Sunday School time at the 10:00 AM Sunday worship service. 

 
Confirmation

PRCC offers a three year program for students to consider doctrine, theology, practical faith, and membership. Confirmation classes are taught to 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The class studies tenets of our faith, discusses how students can impact concerns of the wider world; serving the church and community. Lessons topics include The Lord's Prayer, The Commandments and Sacraments, Bible lessons and the structure and organization of PRCC. Interspersed with these foundational studies, guest speakers discuss their personal life experiences, faith traditions, outreach, service and mission work. 

 

Confirmation reminds us of our baptism and God's presence in our lives: we respond by affirming that we belong to Christ and the whole People of God  Each month, there is a Serve and Play night, an opportunity for a service project, such as baking cookies for the homebound, volunteering at a food pantry, or serving dinner at a homeless shelter.  

The last month, prior to Confirmation Sunday, focuses the 8th graders on what it means to become a full member of the Church and their new responsibilities as they finish preparation for their Confirmation in May.

For more questions or information on PRCC Youth Ministry, contact Pastor Mollie:  pastormollie@parkridgecommunitychurch.org

Adults

Throughout the year, the Church offers a wide variety educational opportunities for adult education: religious and spiritual but also relevant secular topics in health and wellness.

Our Wednesday evening Bible Study is now meeting VIRTUALLY!! The Bible Study series continues online from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm on our Google Hangouts Meet. We are  currently studying the passages from the Lenten Devotional.

Join by going to https://meet.google.com/npj-byrc-mujoin . our Google Hangout address or joining by phone: +1 662-476-2407 PIN: 327 575 625#.

 

Again, everyone is welcome, whether they are a member of this Church or any other.

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