Christian Education

At Zwingli, we believe that asking questions helps us to grow. That's why we work hard to create a safe place to ask. Since no one ever has all the answers, we work together to gain a better understanding of life's big questions through our relationships to God and to one another. Learning about faith is a lifetime endeavor; one that makes us stronger people and, in the end, more able to serve.

Through our Christian Education programs, we look at scripture and the stories of our faith in a variety of ways so that we may deepen our faith commitments to God and our community. Bring your questions, issues, and curiosity. You are welcome here, and so are they!


Sunday Programming

Zwingli offers Sunday School classes for children, youth, and adults. The program year runs from Rally Day, which is the first Sunday after Labor Day, until the end of May. Sunday School meets after our worship service, 10:30–11:30 am.

• Children's Sunday School

Children from age 3 through 4th grade are invited to join classes based on the Rotation Model. This is a unique way of doing Sunday School where kids look at one Bible Story for several weeks.

During each Rotation, the children have the opportunity to learn about the highlighted Bible story through classes in art, music, cooking, drama, science, and games. This is a great way for kids to be reminded of the story they are learning, while at the same time allowing for different creative approaches to remember it. Children also learn a song to go with the Bible Story, which is later incorporated into a Worship Service at the end of the Rotation.

While learning about stories of faith, our kids also put it into practice by participating in specially paired mission projects. Some examples of these are Project Angel Tree for Bethany Children's Home during our Christmas Rotation, and collection money for our own mini-CROP Walk while we learned about Wandering in the Wilderness.

Our Sunday School classes use the Augsburg Fortress Spark Story Bible.

• Youth Group

Zwingli Youth Group is for young people in grades 5–12. We meet the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month during the Sunday School hour, but there are exceptions, so be sure to check the church calendar.

We seek to provide a safe place for questions and discussion and believe a non-traditional classroom offers a more comfortable environment for these discussions. For this reason, we do not follow a set curriculum, but instead focus our time during the Sunday School hour around the interests of the youth. Often our classes have a hands-on component. We have explored our faith through cooking, photography, secular music, and short mission projects like sorting clothing for Grace's Closet or packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Annually, we use the five consecutive weeks leading up to Easter to prepare for our Youth-Led Sunrise Service. (Please note this is different than our usual 1st and 3rd Sunday schedule). We also offer a number of opportunities to deepen our faith outside of the Sunday School hour such as the Sleep Out for Homelessness and Hunger, 30 Hour Famine and Service Scavenger Hunt. Check out our plan for the current school year to see what is going on.


• Adult Bible Study

One of our Christian Education opportunities for adults is the Adult Bible Study. This class meets weekly during the Sunday School hour to discuss scripture passages, always seeking to connect our own perspectives with the Bible's ancient wisdom. The Zwingli Adult Bible Study will be using the NIV Standard Lesson Commentary text book in 2017-2018 to explore:

  • ◊ Covenant with God (Pentateuch, 1 & 2 Samuel, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, 1 Corinthians, Hebrews)
  • ◊ Faith in Action (Daniel, Matthew, Acts, Ephesians, 1 Timothy, James)
  • ◊ Acknowledging God (Pentateuch, 2 Chronicles, Psalms, Luke, John, 2 Corinthians, Hebrews, Revelation)
  • ◊ Justice in the New Testament (Matthew, Luke, Romans, 2 Corinthians, Colossians)


• Adult Electives

Our Adult Electives class consists of a different presentation every week covering a wide variety of topics, linking our faith and our work in the world. Some of our recent presentations addressed Police as Stewards, History of Early Souderton Churches, Planetarium: A Christmas Star, Sleep-Out for Homeless, Keystone Housing and Community Outreach, and Environmental Protection, just to name a few. Presentations are followed with a time for discussion. This year we look forward to addressing Immigration and enhancing our understanding of other social justice topics.


Other Education Programs at Zwingli

In addition to our Sunday programming, Zwingli also offers the following educational opportunities:

• Wednesday Morning Adult Bible Study

All are welcome to attend our weekly morning Bible Study, Wednesday mornings from 9:15 to 10:30 am, September to May following the nursery school schedule. The fall study will begin with Living a Chocolate Life by Deb Burma. Advent will focus on Because of Bethlehem Love is Born, Hope is Here by Max Lucado.

• Confirmation Class

Zwingli United Church of Christ has a long tradition that has stressed the importance of Confirmation, which is an important part of our larger Christian journey. For some, the journey begins with baptism while others begin with participation in the church with family or even on their own. During Confirmation classes youth are invited to learn (or re-learn) and reflect on their faith and church. It is our hope that at the end of the class, youth will confirm their faith and make the decision to be full, active members.

Confirmation is a two-year program at Zwingli, and the first-year class includes youth that are usually in 8th or 9th grade. The first year of our confirmation program includes review and study of the Old and New Testaments, as well as classes about Church history, UCC history and stories about Zwingli church. The second year focuses more on experience as we explore things like prayer, faith, worship, and mission through retreats, journals, field trips, and service/mission experiences. During the second year, youth are also paired with mentors, an invaluable and popular part of Confirmation. Please contact the church office for more information.

• Vacation Bible Camp

Vacation Bible Camp is offered during the summer, after public school ends in the surrounding school districts. VBC is held for age three through grade 5. Each Summer, a new theme is chosen, but no matter what the theme, each VBC uses arts & crafts, games, and music to teach kids about scripture. Mission is always an element too, because we know that no matter your age, you can always make a difference in the world! Children not only learn more about their faith, but have a lot of fun as well! Watch our website for details.

• Zwingli's Book Club

All are welcome to attend our monthly gatherings of lively conversation and fellowship centered around our book of the month. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month in the Parlor at 7 pm. September's selection is William P. Young's The Shack.


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