The consensus of the committee (after subsequent discussion) is to:
1). make no changes during the current school year
2). have a meeting of teachers with Christian Ed. to discuss options.
One idea we discussed as an alternative was a dinner/education event for all ages.
Details: Length: 1 hour. Day/time/location: to be determined Format: two simultaneous tracks in the same room/space.
Adult track: Tables set in an open square. Potluck set up on the side, blessing asked, people fill their plates and take a place at the table. Facilitator gives a relevant study talk during the first ~20 minutes while people are eating. (This is patterned after how we envisioned Jesus teaching during a meal). Once the meal is down and dessert/coffee time arrives, then the talk transitions into a group discussion. This is also an opportunity to wrap up the session with prayer for those on prayer list.
K-6 track: In another part of the same room, kids gather with their leader, eat together, then do a hands-on activity related to the adult track topic.
Advantages: Allows children to remain in entire 10am worship Combining with a meal always improves attendance Kids and adults in same room Teens can also participate, as it does not conflict with existing programs No curriculum cost
Week 1 (beginning April 23): Appearance to Mary Magdelene, the Great Commission
Week 2 (beginning April 30): The Road to Emmaus
Week 3 (beginning May 7): Appearance to the disciples
Week 4 (beginning May 14): The Ascension
How to join:
Go to https://tinyurl.com/fumcstudy
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The study runs for four weeks. At the beginning of each week, a reading assignment and discussion questions will be posted. During the week, complete the reading and comment on the discussion questions. The intent of the discussion questions is to be an ongoing discussion - so don't just post a response to the moderator and go away - it is important to read and respond to comments other participants have made as well, just as we would do in a face-to-face group meeting. We suggest checking back a couple of times during the week to read and respond to new comments.
Respectfully submitted, Kathy Mills, recording secretary