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. And, because no one ever has all the answers, we'll 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, but 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. We offer learning opportunities throughout the program year for children, youth, and adults. Bring your questions, issues, and curiosity. You are welcome here, and so are they!

During our program year, Zwingli offers Sunday School classes for children, youth, and adults. Rally Day kicks off our program year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. All Sunday School programming then continues through May. Sunday School meets after our worship service, 10:30—11:30 am.

Christian Education for Adults

Zwingli generally has two education offerings for adults each Sunday morning. These are our Adult Bible Study and our Adult Electives Class. Our Adult Bible Study class meets to discuss scripture passages, always seeking to connect our own perspectives with the Bible's ancient wisdom. Our Adult Electives class consists of a different presentation every week covering a wide variety of topics, usually linking our faith and our work in the world. Past examples have been on charitable work being done in our neighborhood, such as through Keystone Opportunity Center, and learning opportunities through visitors from other faith traditions (like the Sikh and Muslim traditions). Presentations are usually followed with a time for discussion.

Sunday School

Children from age 3 through 5th grade are invited to join classes based on the Rotation Model. This is a unique way of doing Sunday School where kids will look at one Bible Story for several weeks. During each Rotation, the children will have the opportunity to learn about the highlighted Bible story through classes in art, 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 by. While learning about stories of faith, our kids also put it into practice by participating in specially paired mission projects. Some examples of these have included Project Angel Tree for Bethany Children's Home during our Christmas Rotation, and collecting money for our own mini-CROP Walk while we learned about Wandering in the Wilderness.

Zwingli Youth Group is for young people in grades 6-12. We do not follow a set curriculum, but instead what we do during the Sunday School hour depends on what interests the youth. Many of our units 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. If we are working on a larger mission project outside of the Sunday School hour (like the 30 Hour Famine or Sleep Out for Homelessness), we may use our time on Sunday mornings to learn about that mission or prepare for the event. Annually we also plan and deliver a unique message for our Easter Sunrise Service. 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.

Other Education Programs at Zwingli

Our Whole Lives (OWL)

OWL is a groundbreaking program developed jointly by the UCC and the Unitarian Univeralist Association to bring sexuality education out into the open in a way that is safe, comfortable, positive, and supportive. It is based on a set of values that are typically absent from other church-related sexual education programs, such as Self-worth, Sexual Health, Responsibility, and Justice & Inclusivity. Instead of judgment and condemnation, OWL seeks to draw deeper connections between sexuality, spirituality, and mental and physical health, allowing for a greater understanding of what sexuality truly means. Classes are available for adults periodically throughout the year. More OWL programming is being developed, and will be available to a wider variety of age groups soon.

Confirmation Class

Zwingli Church provides a two-year program of confirmation instruction for young people (usually in eighth and ninth grades) who are preparing for the rite of confirmation. At Zwingli as in many churches which practice infant baptism, confirmation is the rite in which young people or adults can affirm for themselves the vows taken for them by their parents at the time of their baptisms. Our confirmation preparation program includes a review of Old Testament, New Testament, and church history during the first year. The second year provides a more experiential approach as we explore prayer, faith, worship, mission, the church, and the life of faith through retreats, journals, field trips, service experiences, and relationships with mentors. Please contact the church office for more information.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is offered during the summer, after public school ends in the surrounding school districts. VBS is held for age three through grade 5. Each Summer, a new theme is chosen for our summer programs, but no matter what the theme, each VBS 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.

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