You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, Say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust."

 

 

Spiritual Enrichment

 

Sunday Morning Enrichment Classes

Children and Youth

Each Sunday during the 10:30 worship service, pre-K - 5th grade children participate in a traditional Sunday school class. The entire Church family worships together in the sanctuary through the Children’s Sermon portion of the service, then the children leave for their own Children's Time, a time for age appropriate exploration of bible stories. They are returned to the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. Children's Time is offered throughout the year.

The first Sunday of every month (September -May) is an Intergenerational service when congregants of all ages participate in worship together. Prior to the 10:30 service on the first Sundays, we have Christian Education classes available for all ages. Preschool- Adult from 9:30 to 10:15.  

First Sunday Class offerings through May 2017: ( Please stay tuned for new offerings starting September 2017!)

Elementary
Both the Kindergarten - 3rd grade class, led by Carolyne Rostick, and the 4th - 6th grade class, led by Linda Haynes, will be using a new curriculum called Deep Blue Kids. This is a comprehensive Bible study program based on the award-winning Deep Blue Kids Bible. Deep Blue is a program for children which includes adventure, exciting stories, science experiments, arts and crafts, animated video storytelling, and active games—all combined into a living-faith experience that will help children discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ today.

Youth
The youth group will be for grades 7th - 12th.

The focus of the classes for the Spring will be a Generation Why curriculum titled "Keeping the Garden" which is an exploration of a faith response to environmental issues. Dr. Bill Boone will be leading the class. Bill has a background as a biologist and is very excited about this opportunity to connect with the youth on this issue. The Generation Why curriculum uses faith and bible references to explore answers to the world's tough questions.

 

Nursery care is provided each Sunday morning throughout the year during the 10:30 Worship

 

Adult Classes

 

Book Discussion: 'Why Can't We Talk' by John Backman- Dates: 3 sessions, June 11th, 18th, and 25th at 9:30am 

Over 3 Sundays in June Linda Haynes will be facilitating a discussion about 'Why Can't We Talk: Christian Wisdom on Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart' by John Backman. Learn how to contribute more effectively and compassionately to the conversations that shape your life. The author demonstrates that the key to resolving conflict and opening dialogue about important issues is not just listening and interpersonal skills, but it is deeply rooted in the 'work of the soul' and practicing the virtues of our faith. Whether facing a church controversy, school board fight or a relationship squabble, this guide to the work of the soul will better equip you to productively explore the truth of the matter, work toward consensus and see beyond the things that separate us to the essential humanity we share.

Childcare will be available. Books must be purchased in advance.

 

Bible Study Class- Wednesday mornings 10:00am, Fellowship Hall

Join Rev. Rick King in discussing the upcoming Sunday's Bible passages. No previous knowledge of the Bible is required. Bring your own Bible or device, or use one of the church's Bibles. All are welcome to this exploration of the Holy Scriptures. For more information, contact Rev. Rick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Prayer Group- Monday mornings 7:30am, in the Parlor

The prayer group uses a book called Face to Face, Praying the Scriptures for Intimate Worship by Dr. Kenneth Boa to guide the prayer time. A day's prayers are arranged to mirror the model of the Lord's Prayer. Beginning with praise and adoration and continuing with confession, renewal, petition, intercession, affirmation, thanksgiving and closing prayer. Dr. Boa has provided scriptures and prayer prompts for each section. We have found that this structure allows for a great variety of prayers for each other, the church, the world, and especially those who have requested prayer. Periodically we send out card for those we have been praying for. The group welcomes all who are interested in praying for others and enjoy getting an early start to the week!

 

WISE- Women Interested in Spiritual Enlightenment This ecumenical women’s discussion/book club meets 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month.

Lydia Circle- A small extension of the WOW women’s group, this circle combines enrichment/fellowship and service.

Reading Circle- a small extension of the WOW women’s group, this circle combines enrichment/fellowship and service.

 

Vacation Bible School

2017 Dates: July 12 - 15th , 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Tryon United Methodist 

Maker Fun Factory- Created by God, Built for a Purpose: This years program will include a light supper starting at 5:30pm  

The Congregational church participates in an annual community wide Vacation Bible School program. The ecumenical program brings churches together to study the word of God in a way that incorporates games, songs, crafts and fun. The program is hosted each year by a different church in the area. Past programs have offered classes for ages 3 through adult.  Past Participating churches are: Tryon UMC, Columbus UMC, Saluda UMC, St. Luke’s CME and many others.