At Gary Church, we believe that Christian education is a high priority for all of us—children, youth, and adults alike. Even as we face the difficulties of gathering in-person during the pandemic, we want to provide every opportunity for our youth to grow in love for one another and God. We also recognize that we must do all we can while, first doing no harm. Holding these in tension, we have made the following decisions for the rest of 2020.
1. No Sunday School: There will not be programming on Sunday mornings. All youth Christian education will be rolled into the weekly Gary Youth program.
2. Weekly Zoom Meetings: On Sunday nights (high school) and Wednesday nights (middle school) over Zoom, we will play games, have discussions together, and pray for one another.
3. Monthly Events: To provide an opportunity to occasionally get together in person, we have planned special monthly gatherings, including unboxing, Halloween, and painting parties. We will follow all of the Health Team’s guidelines for these gatherings. Sign-ups will be required.
4. Curriculum: This year we will be using the Re:Form curriculum by Sparkhouse. Re:Form provides funny animated short videos that will make youth laugh while presenting solid theology. The youth will choose the topics we will be learning during the kick-off party. Some of the lessons include:
“Who wrote the Bible, God or humans?”
“Is God male?”
“Why should I pray if God doesn’t answer all my prayers?”
“Can I be Christian without going to church?”
“Is it okay to be angry with God?”
“Can you accept the theory of evolution and still be a Christian?”
October High School Schedule:
Sunday, October 4, 6 p.m. in the Gary parking lot │ Sabbath/Games
Sundays, October 11 & 18, 6 p.m. │Weekly Zoom discussion
Sunday, October 25, 6 p.m. in the Activity Center │ Halloween Party
October Middle School Schedule:
Wednesdays, October 7–21, 7 p.m. │Weekly Zoom discussion
Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m. in the Activity Center │ Halloween Party
Before participating, complete the 2020–21 registration form below.