Spiritual Growth for Adults
Aldersgate has a variety of growth opportunities and ministries for adults: (scroll down for more information on any ot the following)
Adult Sunday School Classes
Aldersgate has a variety of Sunday School classes for adults. You may wish to try several to find one that fits where you are in your spiritual journey. Classes meet in the portable classrooms between worship services from 9:50 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Signs above the doors lead the way to each class. Babysitting is provided in the church narthex.
Gateway Class: The goal of Gateway is Bible study at a pace and level that is comfortable for all class members regardless of their previous church or Sunday school participation. The class includes a mixture of new Christians as well as seasoned members, in a comfortable environment for contributing and sharing of ideas and knowledge. Gateway is an informal group.
Kaleidoscope Class: Just as a Kaleidoscope produces a series of beautiful patterns, this groups focuses its study on the varied and beautiful lessons of the Bible. The group uses the Adult Bible Studies series produced by the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church. The group is primarily comprised of adults age 50+ who seek spiritual growth in a friendly caring and fellowship environment. However, all who desire in-depth Bible study are welcome.
Pathfinders Class: This group is a Bible study group. The typically studies New Testament gospels and letters using guide books by such authors as N.T. Wright. Most recent studies include Mark and Romans. The group welcomes all persons including singles and couples in all age groups.
Seekers Class: This group is a Bible study group. Most Sundays the lesson focuses on a passage from the Bible. Occasionally, the group will complete a short study on a topic of interest to the whole group, and will return to Bible study in a few weeks. This group is comprised mostly of parents. Some members share in teaching children's classes, so not every participant attends with their spouse. Seekers welcome visitors and new members.
Women of Wisdom: This class is a "WOW" experience as it explores our faith, what we believe about God, and how our faith impacts our lives and decisions. We look forward to sharing our insights with other women and deepening our faith and relationships with God and others.
Small groups are offered for men, women, and couples each week. These groups enjoy Bible study, fellowship, prayer, and accountability.
Beth Moore Studies meets each Thursday night in the Narthex. Contact Jodi Blanton.
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WOW Women's study meets on alternate Sunday evenings. Contact Barbara Johnson for more information.
Men's Study meets every Tuesday in the Kaleidoscope classroom. Contact Ron McCray for more information.
Men's Wednesday Morning Bible Study - Meets Wednesday mornings at 6:00 a.m. in the Narthex
United Methodist Women (UMW)
This group meets one Saturday a month for fellowship, mission work, and study. The women have taken field trips, gone on retreats, sponsored Bible studies, done mission work and supported church programs.
The men's group now meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. They offer a variety of programs and support church service projects.
Spiritual Formation Opportunities
Walk to Emmaus: A journey with Christ
The Gospel of St. Luke relates the story of the risen Christ appearing to two who were going along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Two friends were walking together sharing their hearts' deepest concerns. The risen Christ joined them and explained the scriptures as they walked, and how it was ordained that Christ should suffer and so enter his glory. This experience on the road was a heart-warming experience as the risen Christ walked and talked with them. The illuminating climax of the experience was when Christ took bread and said the blessing, then broke it and gave it to them, The two had their eyes opened and they recognized him as the risen Christ and they rushed back to Jerusalem to tell the others. (Luke 24:13-35)
The above story provides the image for the Walk to Emmaus, a 72-hour retreat that calls forth and renews Christian discipleship. Like its predecessor, Cursillo de Christiandad (Spanish for "short course in Christianity"), the Walk to Emmaus is a three-day experience, which takes a New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. It is a highly structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people, and through them their families, congregations and the world in which they live. Emmaus is a combined effort of laity and clergy toward the renewal of the church.
Emmaus is for the development of Christian leaders who wish to strengthen their spiritual lives; may have unanswered questions about prayer, study, and sharing their faith; understand that being a Christian involves responsibility; are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner; have positions of responsibility in the church and the world. Emmaus is open to members of any denomination.
If you would like information about being sponsored for an Emmaus weekend, please ask Pastor Lyle or Vic Sassone to connect you with any member of Aldersgate who has been on the Walk to Emmaus.
Lay Speaker Training
What is a Lay Speaker?
A Lay Speaker is a professing member of a local United Methodist church or charge who is desirous to serve the Church and who is well informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church. A Lay Speaker receives specific training to develop skills in witnessing to the Christian faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership, and care-giving ministries. An applicant must be active in the support of the local church or charge.
Lay Speakers serve the local church or charge (or beyond the local church or charge) in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ.
Through continued study and training a Lay Speaker prepares to undertake one or more of the following functions, giving primary attention to service within the local church or charge.
To take the initiative in providing leadership, assistance, and to support the program emphases of the church.
To lead meetings for prayer, training, study, and discussion when requested by the pastor, district superintendent, or committee on Lay Speaking.
To conduct, or assist in conducting, services of worship, and present sermons and addresses when requested by the pastor, district superintendent, or committee on Lay Speaking.
To relate to appropriate committees and ministry areas in providing leadership for congregational and community life and fostering care-giving ministries.
Lay Speaker training courses shall be those recommended by the General Board of Discipleship or alternates approved by the conference committee on lay speaking. Such training should facilitate ministries with all language and cultural groups.
For more information on Lay Speaking, contact Vic Sassone, 214-789-4173, firstname.lastname@example.org