Christian Education programs at Lexington Presbyterian Church seek to provide a broad range of opportunities for spiritual growth through which we can deepen our faith, live more fully into the new life we have in Christ, and live more faithfully in our relationships and vocations.
Adult Sunday School Class Offerings
*All classes will meet at 9:45AM in person beginning on September 18 unless otherwise noted.
For further information about any of our Adult Offerings please contact: Rev. Kelly-Ann Rayle.
New members are welcome and encouraged to join our classes at any time.
"A.S.K." (Ask-Seek-Knock) Class
Facilitated by Ann Massie, Sunday 9:45AM (September-May), 8:45AM (June only). The class will begin on September 19th at 9:45AM on Zoom.
The ASK Class (Ask, Seek, Knock) is a group of lively and amiable folks who have usually met in Room 113. The group uses video lessons from The Teaching Company, which they have found to be excellent and wonderful conversation-starters! Each video class is approximately 30 minutes, which leaves another half-hour for discussion. The discs are accompanied by a "Course Guidebook," which convener Ann Massie will use to help answer questions or review the material. We would love to have new members - please join us!
Through various written materials, this class engages in discussions that attempt to make our faith current and alive right where we are. This Fall, the Koinonia Class will read Freeing Jesus by Diana Butler Bass. Bass challenges the idea that Jesus can only be understood in static, one-dimensional ways and asks us to instead consider a life where Jesus grows with us and helps us through life's challenges in several capacities: as a Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence. This book is an invitation to leave the religious wars behind and rediscover Jesus in all his many manifestations, to experience Jesus beyond the narrow confines we have built around him. It renews our hope in faith and worship at a time when we need it most.
This class is facilitated by Rev. Kelly-Ann Rayle and will meet on Zoom Sundays at 9:45AM beginning October 3, 2021. For more information, please contact Rev. Kelly-Ann HERE.
Parents of School-Aged Children and Young Adult Class
Our curriculum for the 2021-22 year is PC(USA)'s Feasting on the World, based upon Revised Common Lectionary. Each week the class will explore a different Bible passage aligned with the lectionary and with the children's Sunday School classes. The class will discuss the implications of the passage for our lives and share our common experiences as parents. There is no homework or outside reading associated with this class, and all lessons can stand on their own, which allows for those with busy schedules to come to the class when they are available. The class will meet in the Noel Library and will begin a few minutes after the Children's Sunday School classes (9:45AM) and will end in time for parents to pick up their children after class.
This class is facilitated by Abbott Keesee and will meet in person each Sunday beginning on October 3rd at 9:50AM in the Noel Library, room 111.
The Theology Class promotes serious discussion of important theological issues. Everyone contributes their own views as we work to understand texts by leading theologians. All who are interested in exploring and wrestling with the theological questions are welcome to attend, and particularly new members.
This Fall the group will "re-start" the H. Richard Niebuhr book, The Responsible Self. The great Theologian's delineation of the principles and fundamental character of the moral life focuses on the idea of responsibility as a guiding ideal.
This class is facilitated by Lad Sessions and meets Sundays beginning on October 3rd at 9:45AM in room D-5.
Lectio Bible Study
Lectio Divina is the practice of reading scripture, meditating, and praying. Traditionally, it has four separate steps: read, meditate, pray, contemplate. It is not intended to be a study of God's Word but rather a way for each person reading or meditating to experience God's Word for them. We invite you to experience this contemplative time of listening, meditation and discussion with us.
Find more information about the Lectio Divina practice at Lexington Presbyterian.
This class is facilitated by Mary Ellena Ward and meets each Tuesday at 10AM in person in room 113 or on Zoom. For more information please contact Mary Ellena at .
The Leah Circle meets in person monthly from September through June. There are about 30 members, but the generally about half that number is in attendance at any given meeting. Ruth Circle has decided this year to join up with Leah Circle. Everyone enjoys the fellowship and Bible Study. There is no firm structure to the Leah Circle at Lex Pres, and participation is welcoming and casual.
Leah Circle has a coordinating person to handle all communications and scheduling. Members take turns voluntarily leading the monthly discussion that follows the Upper Room Disciplines book of daily devotions, or address a topic that is current and relevant. In past years Ruth Circle has followed the Presbyterian Women's Bible Study, so some combination of that and the Upper Room Disciplines will likely evolve.
Leah Circle also coordinates and supports several projects in the Church and our community, such as Christmas cookie baking for shut-ins, the Jesse Tree, and Habitat builds. Leah Circle takes a voluntary monetary contribution. Decisions about spending and need are jointly determined by members.
Leah's Circle meets the second Wednesday of the month at 2PM in various locations. It is in Circles that acquaintances become good friends and a support group - please feel free to visit Leah Circle to see if it fits your time and interests. For more information please contact Debbie Pollard at (703) 919-1386.
This class meets at various times throughout the year for three sessions to do just what the name implies, explore. We spend time considering what it means to be Christian, what it means to be a Presbyterian Christian, and finally what it means to be a member of the Lexington Presbyterian Church. This class is truly an occasion to explore. When the classes are concluded the hope is that you will choose to join this church...but that is not a foregone conclusion. Anyone interested in knowing more about our theological background is encouraged to explore together. For more information about when the class will be scheduled, contact Tom Groome.
Festival of Faith
In April of 2021 the Adult Education Subcommittee plans to hosts a weekend “Festival of Faith” with a special theme and speaker and invites the entire community to attend. Past programs have included topics such as Christian spirituality, the Christian responsibility for the environment and the different faces of Christianity in a changing world. Click here to read about our past Festival of Faith Speakers and topics.
Learning through Teaching
The Adult Education classes are not the only way you can learn. You can be a teacher to our children or youth, and through this ministry, honor your baptismal vows and emulate Jesus the Rabbi. The relationships developed with teachers remain with young people into their adult years. Our teachers are fun! Get with the fun crowd! Our young people need you! If you feel called to be a part of our teaching ministries, please speak with Rev. Kelly-Ann Rayle