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 from September to June. 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

"Mission in Philippi" is this Sunday's action-packed story in which Timothy joins Paul and Silas, Lydia and her household convert, Paul and Silas exorcise a demon, are imprisoned, then convert the jailer and his family. (link2Verse('Acts+16:11-40','Acts 16:11-40') )

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 Concludes

The first session of Women's Bible Study for this program year will take place Saturday, September 14, at 10:30 AM in the Church parlor.

The 2019-2020 Presbyterian Women/Horizons Bible study, Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments will have us look at what would it mean to consider the Ten Commandments not as a harsh list of what not to do but, instead, as a "love letter" from a loving God.

Lesson one's focus is on "Words of Love: I am your God; you shall have no others", pp. 14-23 in the Horizon's study guide.

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

Who Is My Neighbor? Adult Sunday School Series

Starting September 8th, the adult class will continue to dig 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.

This week will give us the opportunity to process what we learned from TIASS (Transit Immigrant Assistance Silver Spring) and think about what direction we might go in response to what is happening with immigrants arriving in our community.

TIASS is a local grassroots initiative that partners with Direct Support for Immigrants, a 501(c3) non-profit arm of Takoma Park Mobilization, to extend hospitality to immigrants arriving in our community who lack winter clothing and basic items such as hygiene kits. They provide food and help connect people with local resources such as rides to ICE check-ins, doctors' visits, school enrollment and legal counsel.

The class takes place in the Parlor on the first floor of the Education Building and will for the September begin at 8:45 AM.

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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