At present time, children’s education includes a special time with the pastor during worship, after which they are dismissed to a more traditional “Sunday School” type class during the latter part of worship. Special events and short-term classes are held during the year apart from the Sunday morning time period, an example being a five-week program on Sacraments of the Church.
College-age students participate in a Tuesday evening gathering for study, food and fellowship at 7:58 p.m. throughout the academic year. Discussions led by Dick Larson are fun and spirited. One recent focus of the group was analyzing thinking about and articulating the ways our faith informs and impacts our lives, as well as how the events of life impact our faith. BEPC hopes to feed both mind and body at the meetings, with meals prepared by church members and usually served by Carol Larson who coordinates the food.
CLUTCH members help with numerous service projects including the Souper -Bowl of Caring, packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, helping with the congregation’s Thanksgiving Food Box ministry, decorating the sanctuary, etc.
Faith Seekers Class
The adult Faith Seekers class engages in Spiritual and Biblical exploration using a variety of formats, including music, videos and discussion. The class is proud that they put “feet” to their lessons and have engaged in several projects that serve others.
Rev. Russell holds periodic Inquirers’ Classes for anyone who would like to know more about membership in the church or simply is curious about what Presbyterians believe and how the church, especially BEPC, is run. The class usually begins right after a Sunday service with lunch and child-care provided. Anyone interested in this class should contact the pastor.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Start your weekend off by getting together with other men for a Prayer Breakfast at Banner Elk Café at 7:30am every Saturday. It’s a small group of men who share Christian Fellowship and Fun for an hour as well as convivially share our experiences and concerns about any and everything, and, as we’re now realizing that we’re sharing and reliving some of the same stories, we need new fresh recruits! Come Join Up by Showing Up. If any questions contact Allen Clark (c) 828-260-0185.
Women’s Study Group
Please join us on Monday mornings , beginning February 6 at 11:00 am for our new study, “Half-Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things The Bible Doesn’t Say” by Adam Hamilton.
Here is what Amazon says about the book: “They are simple phrases. They sound Christian – like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. Maybe we’ve said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Join Adam Hamilton in searching for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés to the message and ministry of Jesus.”
Sound interesting? Join us to discover more. The study, led by Rev. Leslie Piper, will begin on Monday, February 6 in the upstairs Sunday School classroom. Books will be available in the church office for $14.For more information please call Leslie at 704-591-9921.