SOTH is a community of people on a journey of Christian spiritual formation. This is a lifelong process of greater wholeness with God, with others, and with oneself. We see education as a key component of spiritual formation but believe it also encompasses aspects such as spiritual practices, service, worship, play, retreats, music, creation care, engagement with neighbors, justice, relationships, and experiences. Here you will find opportunities for all ages to explore, discover, and grow in faith. All with the goal of deepening our capacity to impact the world with God’s love.
Adult Formation Time
Join us for a discussion-based Bible study at 10:45 after worship. Grab a cup of coffee after worship and join the discussion.
“Being Reformed: Creation”
Contrary to popular opinion, there is more than one account of creation in the Bible. There are, in fact, several dispersed through the Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation. Like the four Gospels of the New Testament, each creation story in the Bible says something different about creation. But together they give vivid testimony to the richness and complexity of creation as understood by the ancient biblical authors. To study creation in the Bible is timely, even urgent today. All around us we find evidence of creation’s degradation, from pollution to deforestation, from overconsumption of natural resources to rising sea levels. We hear more and more about refugees forced to flee their homelands because of drought or flooding and about species becoming endangered or altogether extinct. Are we “running out of world?” Does the Bible have anything to say?
In this six-week class, Pastor Matt will expand on sermon themes, following the PC(USA) curriculum “Creation” exploring the Bible, Christian theology, and some influential eco-theologians who have shaped a vision, a call for people everywhere to repair the world. You can pick up a copy of the “Being Reformed, Creation” Participant’s Book for $7 and follow along in your own group, or join the class on Sunday mornings after worship in Charter Hall.
Pastor Matt will lead a class Sundays after worship in Charter Hall.
April 16 “At Home in Creation”
April 23 “In the Beginning”
April 30 “In the Garden”
May 7 “Into the Wild”
May 21 “In Play”
May 28 “Into the Future: The New Creation”
Kids’ Connection is our Sunday School for children aged 4 – 4th grade, held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, 9:30 – 10:30 am. This is a time for kids to learn Bible stories, develop relationships, and grow in God’s love. After kids are signed in by a parent in the narthex, they will go downstairs with one of their teachers just before worship starts. Parents will pick up kids downstairs in the children’s library and sign them out.
“Growing in God's Love”
The Kids are excited to get started on our new lessons for February: More Parables Jesus Told. We will explore parable as a teaching tool that Jesus used to help us learn, and think about, the lessons He wanted us to understand. Our sessions include a variety of media, Bible stories, and hands-on activities. We look forward to seeing all of our young friends “downstairs” in Sunday School.