Adult Education

christiancornerClasses for adults are offered during the Sunday School time and during Wednesday Night activities. Classes are usually short-term (six to eight weeks). If you would like to facilitate a class, please contact the church office at office@rockfordumc.org or 616-866-9515.

Sunday Morning Classes (Sept – May) – 10:00 -10:50 am

Stained Glass Class: Studying the Book of Revelation

Sunday Mornings 10-10:50 am in the Fellowship Hall under the stained glass windows.  Led by Jeff Birkhold.

We invite you to explore the revelation of Jesus Christ and the glorious consummation of His Kingdom to come.

“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”— Revelation 1:3

The Second Half of Marriage: Facing the Challenges of the Empty-Nest Years. 

Sunday Mornings 10-10:50 am in the Wesley Room.  Led by Greg & Joy Jones. 

Your children are gone or leaving soon. It’s time to focus once again on your own future and especially on your marriage. What’s in store for the second half? The Second Half of Marriage will challenge you to create a vision for the rest of your life together — and inspire you to make that vision a reality.

See below The Parables of Jesus for more info.

Wednesday Evening Classes  (Sept – May) 6:25-7:40pm

Woman’s Group Studying Chase,  By Jennie Allen: Getting Over Our Fears, Flaws, and Failures to Live Bold and Free.  Meeting upstairs in room 205

We’re all chasing after something, something that we think will make us happy—comfort, success, a bigger house, or someone’s approval. But if we are all honest, it feels like trying to catch the wind.

A man after God’s own heart… As David’s life weaves throughout the pages of Scripture, we see he was a man who spent his life chasing after God. Chase explores the events that defined David’s life and the Psalms that flowed out of those experiences. Through David’s example we’ll discover what God really wants from us.

Sundays: Led by Scott & Laura Pitcher and Chad & Laura Inman     Wednesday Nights: Led by Pastor Ken

God has many ways of teaching us. Jesus taught by example. Men looked at how He lived, and decided to walk that way also. His favorite way of teaching was through the use of the parable. He loved to tell stories —stories with spiritual meanings.

In the fall of 1987, Jamie Buckingham visited Israel with a camera crew. He had obtained permission from the Israeli government to set up cameras at ten of the sites where Jesus told his best-known parables. There he re-told, on location, these marvelous stories. Jamie had long suspected Jesus used visual objects when telling His parables. When He told the story of the Good Shepherd, He pointed to a shepherd with his flock of sheep in a nearby pasture. When He told the parable of the sower and the seed, He was probably sitting on a rock beside a field where a farmer was sowing his spring seed. Jesus was a man of the earth, and He used earthly things to convey spiritual truth.

In this study, Jamie tells us about 10 of Jesus’ most notable parables and relates them to our lives today. Using short videos and in class discussion paired with at home study- we will explore Jesus teaching through parables.

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Thursday Night Women’s Small Group, On January 5th at 7pm we begin a 6 week study on Jeremiah, led by Jeanine Holen in her home.

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Music Opportunities

If you enjoy making a beautiful noise you can join either our Hand Bell Choir or our Chancel Choir.  It is open to adults and students starting at 9th grade.  Practice is Wednesday evenings and the Chancel Choir sings at most Sunday 8:45 services, and the Hand Bell Choir plays a handful of times throughout the year.  Contact Val, our Music Director, at 616-866-9515.

In addition to adult classes,  please see our other education opportunities.