Educational
Ministry

Faith Formation with Adults

 

A variety of classes and groups are offered throughout the year to meet the varied needs and interests of members and friends. These include theological and biblical studies, book groups, and classes that cover topics such as social issues, environmental concerns, problems in the U.S. and around the world, preparation for church trips, and other topics that merit our attention. A connection with our faith, though not always explicitly stated, is always implied.

Sundays: Depth and Breadth

"Evolution of the Word"

Little River member, Janet Mackey, leads an 8-part discussion of Marcus Borg's Evolution of the Word, which examines the books of the New Testament in the order they were written. The discussion focuses on the seven authentic letters of Paul and will be held every Sunday from January 14 to March 4 at 9:00 am in Room 8. Copies of the book are available in the church library and online. All are welcome!

Monday Morning Bible Study

The Monday morning Bible study class features weekly discussion of the Bible and related biblical studies topics. In 2018 the group will discuss "The History of Christianity Part II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch."

The varied backgrounds of the class members contribute significantly to the discussion. The class meets at 10:00 am in Room 8 from September through May, led by Richard Davidson.

Lenten Soup Supper and Discussion Series

The Board of Christian Education Adult Education Committee and the Board of Deacons hosted a soup supper and discussion series Sundays in Lent. Attendees spent time reflecting on our congregation's sixty years of ministry in Annandale, in Fairfax County, in Virginia and throughout the world. Each session was shaped by the newsletters, annual reports, photographs and historic items lovingly tended in our church archive.

Women's Ministry

The character and scope of the offerings of this group change over time depending upon the suggestions from women of the church and the planning team's discernment. Some of the offerings of the group are:

Covenant Group: a gathering of women who share prayers, joys and concerns with one another through meetings and brunch gatherings. There are currently four covenant groups, each of which focus on a common interest such as "moms who work outside the home" and "social justice".

Women's Book Group: a gathering of women who meet approximately every other month on Sundays at 11:30 am, to discuss books of mutual interest. Leadership is volunteered. All women are invited and encouraged to attend whether the book has been finished or even opened!

January 8, 2018: Poetry, including a discussion of Ordinary Light: A Memoir by Tracy K. Smith

March 2018: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

May 2018: Tentatively A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

July 2018: Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

September 2018: Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell

November 2018: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Previous Book Group selections may be found here.