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 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

Today's lesson is on the Jesus and the wedding at Cana. When the wine ran out at a wedding, Jesus told servants to fill six stone jars with water. After they did, the water became wine. This was Jesus' first sign. ( )

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.

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 be held on May 11th at 10:30-12:30 in the Church parlor. The Horizons Bible Study is lesson 8, "God with Us as the Holy Spirit".

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

Who Is My Neighbor? Adult Sunday School Series

For the balance of the Sunday School year, the adult class will be digging into the question of Who is My Neighbor? based in the practical experience of organizations in which TPPC and/or TPPC members participate. Whether or not you have been a regular participant in the class this year, please consider coming for these final sessions to learn more about various mission activities the church is involved with both in the local and global community.

The class takes place in the Parlor on the first floor of the Education Building and runs from 9:30 to 10:45. The schedule is as for the balance of the year is as follows:

April 28
Ecumenical Advocacy Days - report back on experiences of TPPC members who attended
May 5
Action in Montgomery (AIM) plus our sister parish in Jiñocuao, Nicaragua
May 12
Our sister parish in Jiñocuao, Nicaragua and CEPAD (Council of Protestant Churches in Nicaragua)
May 19
Community Kitchen and Crossroads Community Food Network
May 26
no class
June 2
Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research (CHEER)
June 9
Final class - celebration, evaluation and planning for next year

Adult Sunday School meets at 9:30 in the parlor. Everyone is welcome!

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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