Adult Education

We have many Adult Education opportunities throughout the year on a variety of topics.  You can find out what the current offerings are in our monthly newsletter, The Path, our Events page or in our weekly bulletin announcements. The descriptions below show some of our newest offerings.

 

ADULT STUDY GROUPS

We offer adult Bible studies ranging in depth from five to six week studies to intensive year long studies and weekly book discussions which cover a broad range of spiritual and philosophical content. In addition, a variety of Christian education experiences are provided each year for children and adults. Examples include: Vacation Bible School, confirmation classes.

Ongoing Groups - beginning again in September...

Tuesday Morning Bible Study – Our pastors lead a Bible Study at the church every Tuesday morning at 9:30am in the Fireside Room with Pastor Tom, throughout the school year (from Labor Day to Memorial Day). This group is open to all.

Thursday Morning Men's Faith Group – Men of the church meet on Thursday mornings at 8:45 in the Fireside Room for a great time of book study, fellowship, and a continental breakfast.

Sunday Morning Book Group – We meet to discuss a book on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 9:00am in the East Wing, Room E-1 (Media Center). Contact Marilyn Hobbs at 651-771-2308 for information.

Sunday Night Potluck & Study – Meet with Pastor Tom on Sunday evenings for a potluck supper and an hour long study. Watch the bulletin and newsletter for details.

NEW! Monday Brown Bag Book Club  – Beginning September 10 at 12:00 noon in the Fireside Room Come join Pastor Tom for our newest faith group- Brown Bag Book Club. Our first book will be John Dear’s They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and Justice in a Time of Climate Change. Drawing from stories of his life in the desert of New Mexico, his time as a chaplain at Yosemite, his friendship with indigenous and environmental leaders, his experience at the Standing Rock protests, as well as his work with the Vatican on a new stance on nonviolence, John Dear offers a challenge of nonviolence as a way of life and a living solidarity with Mother Earth and her creatures. We will read a few chapters a week and have a lively discussion. See you there.

NEW! Wednesday Night Sunday Preview – Pastor Tom will be leading a Wednesday night study exploring the Scriptures based on the lectionary or scriptures he will be using in Sunday sermons. We will talk about how the Bible relates to us on a day to day basis. Here is your chance to gain new insight into the Sunday morning sermon and share a few thoughts with Pastor Tom on making the Bible relevant in today’s world. Classes will be held from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Come for Café Grace and stay for a study!

NEW! Wednesday Living a Christian Life Video & Discussion Series – This series is for those who like to explore living the life of a Christian in today’s society. It will feature topics relevant to the issues of today. There will be videos and discussion. We begin with the NOOMA series of short films that explore our world from a perspective of Jesus. NOOMA is an invitation to search, question, and join the discussion. This group will meet from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

 

Recreation Groups

Winter Volleyball League

Team sports at Arlington Hills are fun and non-competitive. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate and enjoy the fun, social atmosphere as well as a chance to squeeze in a little exercise. Spectators are always welcome too. The volleyball teams begin play in January and go through March or April, playing on Friday evenings.

Intergenerational Ski Weekend at Camp DuNord

The annual DuNord winter ski trip is a popular event that spans all age groups. Singles, couples and families all gather at the beautiful north woods DuNord facility for a weekend of cross-country skiing, hiking, relaxing by the fire, sharing meals, fellowship and enriching friendship.

Bridge Players

We meet at the church to play Bridge the 2nd Thursday of each month at 1:00pm in the Fireside Room. New Bridge players are always welcome. Questions? Contact Lorraine Swanson 651-484-8605 or Marilyn Hobbs 651-771-2308

 

Fellowship and caring ministry Groups

The GAP

The GAP is a social and service group generally comprised of the "baby boomer" generation age group that usually meets the first Saturday of the month, year round. Events can include dinners, game night, theater, a day trip to Northfield, or hiking and picnicking along the St. Croix in the fall. The GAP is also involved in 2 - 3 service projects per year.

The Connection

This group is made up of 30 - 49 year olds and is open to anyone, with or without kids, with or without partners, who is looking for a forum of contact, familiarity, relationship building, and spiritual growth. A mix of activities throughout the year may include children as well as activities just for adults.

The BLBs

The BLBs, also known as the Breakfast-Lunch Bunch, meet the 3rd Saturday of the month, 12 months a year, at 9:00am at the IHOP near Maplewood Mall. Our ages are "near Retirement" through "in-the-nineties". We always have a great time! Sign up at the Welcome Center or call Diane or Bill Ellis at 651-774-8362.

The Card Making Group

Meets the 4th Thursday each month at 1:00pm in the Fireside Room to make cards to send to our homebound members. Everyone is welcome!

The Blanket Ministry

Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 1:00pm. Crocheting, knitting, quilting - our group does it all and then some. We work on prayer shawls, baby blankets, lap robes and sometimes on a project of our own. Please feel free to join the group in the Media Center (East Wing, room E-1). We'd love to have you! Contact Mary at myoungstrom@aol.com or call 651-483-0498.

Caregivers Group

Are you a part of the sandwich generation who are caring for parents and your family? Are you caring for a loved one? This can be a very stressful situation for all involved. Sometimes we just need someone else to talk about our frustrations other than family. 

Our church would like to be the link to care for those who are caring for others. We will meet monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM to provide coffee and fellowship time. We can also bring in outside community resources to help provide informative talks that would be relevant to the group. This group is open to ALL! This is a great opportunity for our church to reach out to the community. Invite anyone that you know could benefit from a group such as this. 

NEW! Wednesday T'ai Chi Chih Group

Tai Chi Chih is a non-martial arts discipline comprised of 19 movements and one pose. It's often called a moving meditation and practitioners report a host of other benefits that affect mind, body and spirit. Linda Zelig, a newly accredited teacher of T'ai Chi Chih, will be offering a 9-week series of Wednesday afternoon classes beginning January 3, 4:30-5:30pm in the Fireside Room. The first session will be an introductory and information session, but a few movements will be practiced. Wear comfortable clothing and flexible soled shoes. For more information please contact Linda Zelig, 612-747-7244 or lindazelig@pathofgraceumc.org.

Bring your friends - the course is free!