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 sundayschool@takomaparkpc.org. 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.

This Week

This week's class is on Studying at the Temple. Jesus went to the temple with his parents for Passover. They headed home, but Jesus stayed behind to study with the teachers, upsetting them. ( )

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.

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.

The schedule for CYM events through July is linked to this page.

Cooperative Youth Ministry (CYM) Leader John Ahn

Rev. John Ahn 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."

Women's Circles Monthly Bible Study Continues

Women's Bible Study will meet in the parlor on January 12 to continue the study of God's Promise: I Am With You from Presbyterian Women's Horizons. The focus of chapter 4 is God summons God's people, and especially God's leaders, to walk in God's ways, and to seek God.

All women are welcome to attend. Please bring a potluck dish to share.

TPPC Adult Sunday School for January

Throughout the month of January, Adult Sunday School is being led by an active elder on a topic reflecting their passion and expertise. Everyone is welcome to join in this rich exploration of topics that speak to mind, heart and spirit.

  1. This Sunday January 13th the class is on Recent Children's Books that Help Us Confront Death. Wendy Lukehart who selects the childrens and teen books for the DC Public Library and reviews children's literature for Kirkus is leading a class looking at the vital role books play in helping children, teens and adults confront mortality and promote healing.
  2. Next Sunday January 20th Carol Christensen leads a discussion of Hannah Whitehall Smith's book "The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life" using a devotional reader edited by Richard Foster. The topic is changing "have to's" to "want to's" using as the basis. Out of abundant love relationship in Christ, we want to do the work to which God is calling us, but we've all felt the burden of "have to's" on occasion. Her writings help us see how to transform our thinking.
  3. On January 27th Thomas Showalter examines with us the path From Jesus to the Gospels: How Stories Change across Lifetimes. The Gospel of Mark was written 30 years after Jesus' death, with the other Gospels written even later. Each Gospel is written in Greek, a language unlikely to have been spoken by Jesus or his followers- most of whom could not write in any case. Each Gospel also contains phrases not found in the others. What happened to stories about the life of Jesus between the time His life and that of the Gospels? Drawing on Bart Ehrmans book Jesus Before the Gospels, Thomas will give a brief overview of recent research on memory in oral cultures and scholarship on the evolution of the Gospel texts, then will lead a discussion of how our relationships with the stories, proverbs and paradoxes of the Gospels has changed over our lives.
  4. Adult Sunday School meets at 9:30 in the parlor. Please come to any one or all three of these rich discussions designed to help you grow in faith.

    Everyone is welcome!

    Please read, pray and/or meditate ahead of time on Mary's Song in .

    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 adulted@takomaparkpc.org.

    Advent Devotions

    Advent starts the beginning of the church year and is a time for reflection and devotion. Members of the Adult Sunday School wrote the following devotions in last Sunday's class and invite you to use them in your Advent devotions.

    1. Each day I faithfully expect the presence of God in my life .... And I am grateful to be present for it!
    2. In order to receive openly the true Gift of God we first must have patience within ourselves in silence. Silence allows us to open up and receive the golden light of understanding God and the arrival of his son Jesus Christ. May this golden light grow brightly within us to shine upon others so they can feel the presence of God and his son Jesus Christ our saviour in this first week of Advent. Amen.
    3. Waiting in eager anticipation, waiting with hope for Emmanuel, God-With-Us. The birth of the presence of God in my life, in our lives, in the world. The earth-shattering life-changing difference that makes. Prepare my heart, cleanse it of fear, anxiety, distrust, cynicism; make it ready to receive the Christ-Child, God-With-Us. Let all our hearts prepare him room this Advent season. Amen.
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