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Bloomington, IL 61704
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Church School – All Ages

The purpose of Church School is to grow disciples and to build community. It is here that FBC discusses Jesus’ teachings in small group settings every Sunday morning. We value this time as it allows us to delve deeper and to apply what we learn from the Bible to our daily lives as we strive to embody Christ in today’s world. The small group setting allows us to get to know each other and share our thoughts, struggles, and joys – and form lasting and meaningful relationships.

Because it is so important to our faith, there are classes for all ages, from infants to senior adults. Many of the adult classes also include social activities outside of the church to further connect with one another. We invite everyone to attend a Church School class between 9:30-10:30am each Sunday morning.

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Children and Youth

Proverbs 22:6
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Classes for children and youth are located in individual classrooms on the first and second floors of the education wing. Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers. The children’s curriculum is Deep Blue from Cokesbury. The youth use the Smyth & Helwys curriculum.

There are individual classrooms on the first floor for these ages:

  • Infants and Toddlers – Room 103
  • Ages 2 & 3 – Room 103
  • Ages 4-Kindergarten – Room 106

Second floor classrooms are designated for the following classes:

  • Grades 1-2 – Room 204
  • Grades 3-5 – Room 202
  • Grades 6-8 – Room 4 on lower level
  • Grades 9-12 – Room 6 on lower level
Adult Education Study Groups

Psalm 25:4-5
Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

Several adult classes are held every Sunday morning. Below is an overview of our current offerings.

Smyth HelwysMeets Weekly (All Year)

Join this traditional adult study that follows the lectionary cycle of the Bible. Engage in lively discussions and learn life applications of how the scriptures come alive to us today. Crusader Group led by Gordon Ropp. Meets in the Library on the main level. Pathfinder Group co-led by Fred Moore and Roger Bridges meets in room 206 on the upper level.

 

Mission Outreach Sundays

April 1, 2018 and May 27, 2018

Join us on Labor Day, Easter, and Memorial Day for a hands-on Mission project and event. Events could include shopping, crafts, packing, or who knows – maybe even eating!

 

Advent Study

December 3 to December 24, 2017

How are we preparing for the best gift ever? Take a moment and see how to really enjoy the gift given to each of us in the baby Jesus. 

Led by Becky Strack and meets in room 205 on the upper level.

 

“Half Truths” by Adam Hamilton

January 7 to February 4, 2018

Explore popular sayings that miss the point. They sound Christian; they capture some element of truth; yet they miss the point in important ways. Compare common sayings with the wisdom found in the Scriptures.

Led by Sue Strauch and meets in room 205 on the upper level.

 

“Eat this Book” by Eugene Peterson

January 7 to February 4, 2018

Countering the widespread practice of using the Bible for self-serving purposes, the author serves a nourishing entree into the formative, life-changing art of spiritual reading.

Led by Todd Barlow and meets in room 2 on the lower level.

 

Lenten Study

February 11 to March 25, 2018

Spend the weeks of Lent preparing for the triumphant entry into Jerusalem that causes a tragedy and ends with the resurrection.

Led by Todd Barlow and meets in room 205 on the upper level.

 

“Bonhoeffer”

April 8 to 29, 2018

In this small group study discover the major themes of Bonhoeffer and how he transformed an entire faith community in Germany during WWII and how they still impact the Christian world of today. 

Led by Paul Baker and held in room 2 on the lower level.

 

“Simplify” by Bill Hybels

April 8 to 29, 2018

By eradicating clutter from you inner world, you can experience immediate rewards: greater energy, clearer purpose, richer relationships and more. 

Led by Sandi Barlow and meets in room 205 on the upper level.

 

“In the Name of Jesus” by Henri J. M. Nouwen

May 6 to 20, 2018

A bold, honest and heartwarming message about Christian leadership. Can you give up your desire to be powerful and embrace authority based on prayer and forgiveness? 

Led by Cheri Grizzard and held in room 2 on the lower level.

 

“Sticky Faith” by Dr. Kara E Powell & Dr. Chap Clark

May 6 to 20, 2018

Nearly every Christian parent would give anything to find a viable resource for growing within their children a deep, dynamic faith that “sticks” long term.

Held in room 205 on the upper level.

 

See Adult Ed brochure for complete Fall 2017 schedule.

 

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