Christian Education

We have an active program of Christian education for children, youth, and adults at TPPC. For a complete update on Christian education programs for children and adults, call the church office at 301-270-5550 or send an email to one of the email addresses below.

Sunday School

sunday school picture of noah's arkSunday School classes are now held after Time with Children during worship. Students in Kindergarten, First and Second grade gather in the Powhatan Room. The Saints Room is where third grade through fifth grade students meet. The Middle School classroom is downstairs in the front of the Fellowship Room.

Please know that we welcome all visitors, so if you have friends or neighbors with children who would like to come to Sunday School, they are always welcome. We also always need back-up or substitute teachers. If this interests you, please let us know at There is a curriculum to follow no need to create a lesson on your own.

Before Sunday School, there is a "time with children" segment in the worship service. More details can be found below.

Christian education classes for junior high students are also held at the same time during the regular school year.

Sunday School Update

Sleep in on Sundays and continue to enjoy Sunday School! Sunday School will take place after the "Time for Children" during the regular worship hour.

Church begins at 11:00. There will be NO before Church Sunday School for the time being. The feedback from the June experiment was very positive, so we are continuing to "test drive" Sunday School during Sermon time.

Sunday School teachers will be in the back of the church ready to escort their class to the right room. There will be 3 classes upstairs: K through 2nd grade, 3rd through 5th grade and 6th through 8th grade with high schoolers also welcome. Please pick up your K through 2nd grade child when the worship service ends.

The Sunday School Classes will continue to use the Shine "Living in God's Light" curriculum with a lot of input from students, teachers and parents. We'd love to hear your ideas for service projects as well.

This Week's Theme in Sunday School

TPPC's Christmas Pageant at 10 am on Sunday, Dec. 17 in the Assembly Room is guaranteed to warm all hearts! All children of Sunday school age are invited to participate. Rehearsals will take place during Sunday School on Dec. 3 and 10.

Cooperative Youth Ministry (CYM)

CYM is cooperatively run by Takoma Park Presbyterian Church (TPPC) and Christ Congregational Church (CCC), and is a great way for children, 6-12th grade, to have fellowship and fun with their peers in a supportive, inclusive environment.

New Cooperative Youth Ministry (CYM) Leader Selected

Some Good News from Pastor Matt of Christ Congregational Church (CCC):

"I pleased to announce that John Ahn will be joining us as our new Cooperative Youth Ministry (CYM) leader. He will begin Sept. 10, at our Retreat House Celebration. In talking with John, we have set our first CYM kickoff event on Sept. 24 at 5:30 PM with a potluck dinner at CCC for students and families. Thanks to the parents and teens who were part of our search team!"

Here is some background on John:

John grew up in all the boroughs of New York City (except Staten Island). John has served in children's ministry, youth ministry, college, young adults, singles, family and older adult ministries in Flushing, College Point, Woodside, Bayside, and Little Neck, New York; Austin, Texas; and Hanover Maryland. Ordained in the Korean Presbyterian Church (a sister denomination of PCUSA) in 2001, he has a passion for reaching and sharing the word with an appreciation for religious dispositions to the next generation in a down to earth, fun, and understandable manner. John's been part of youth and young adult ministry since 1994.

John graduated from New York University, B.A. (Religious Studies and Linguistics), Princeton Theological Seminary, M.Div. (con. Biblical Studies), Yale Divinity School, S.T.M. (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament), and Yale University, Ph.D., Religious Studies (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament). He has authored/co-edited several monographs, including Exile as Forced Migrations (de Gruyter, 2010) and the Prophets Speak on Forced Migration (SBL Press, 2015). He has taught at Yale College and Hartford Seminary, among other schools. He is also currently on faculty at Howard University School of Divinity.

John is married to Angie, his high school sweetheart. They have three children and two dogs.

John loves to eat, travel, watch sports, and listen to music. "I'm excited to be part of the Cooperative Youth Ministry serving CCC and TPPC. Let's hang out, be formed and beautifully impact and inspire our world and inclusive society for the common good of all God's creation."

Adult Education

The Adult Sunday School class no longer meets on a weekly basis. Instead, stay tuned for announcements of special topics and meeting dates as they are developed. Thanks.

No experience or long-term commitment necessary.

Previous Classes

Previous topics have included studying the books of Genesis, Exodus, John and Mark, exploring the Isaiah texts which inspired Handel's Messiah, taking a journey through the Psalms, participating in a DVD-based program called "Living the Questions", and using models such as the the African Bible study model to help church members explore their own spirituality.

For more information on adult Sunday School at TPPC, contact

Women's Circles Monthly Bible Study Continues

All women are invited to the Women's Circle Bible Study that will begin on Saturday, October 14, at 10:30 a.m in the parlor. The 2017-2018 Horizons Bible Study Guide "Cloud of Witnesses" will be available.


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