C.E. Ministry is responsible for the ongoing spiritual formation of the members and visitors. Christian education at Beaumont is something we do every time we’re together — in worship, fellowship or in more formal class settings. We offer a wide variety of opportunities for people to deepen their understanding of the Bible and their sense of spirituality. Each Sunday morning during the school year, classes are available for all ages. We invite you to try one of our classes! To fulfill these responsibilities, these dedicated volunteers:
- Develop, grow and maintain programs for children, youth, adults and seniors so they understand what it means to be a member of the body of Christ and can put that understanding into action.
- Encourage the participation of children, youth and adults in educational and other opportunities offered through our presbytery, synod and the General Assembly, including camps, conferences and similar activities.
- Develop within the congregation a strong commitment to faithful stewardship of time, talents and possessions with focus on spiritual gifts of each person
- Plan and coordinate confirmation classes with pastor(s).
We offer these opportunities for lifelong learning and enrichment:
- Nursery care for infants through 3 years old
- Godly Play Worship for children 3 years old to 3rd grade
- Presbytery Curriculum for children in grades K-5.
- Youth class for middle and high school age children
- The LIFE (Living In Faith Everyday) class for adults.
- The “Contemporary Issues Class” for adults.
In addition, small groups regularly gather for discussion. A book club, men’s and women’s Bible studies, and several other small groups offer a chance to get to know God and others more closely.
LIFE Sunday School – Living In Faith Everyday Lively discussions punctuate our LIFE Sunday school class, which is often entertaining as well as educational. This class tackles many subjects. We study books — books of the Bible as well as books of classic and contemporary Christian writing. Authors range from Dietrich Bonheoffer and C.S. Lewis to Peter Gomes and Marcus Borg. Topics range from Sabbath-keeping to racism. This class draws participants from their mid-20s to early 80s who come to us from a wide variety of faith, family and work backgrounds. As the name reflects, we try to take the lessons we learn from the books we study and our discussion sessions, and apply them to our daily lives. Contemporary Issues Class This group offers a less-structured environment for discussion of current topics in our church, community and world. Many of the lessons are centered around materials from The Thoughtful Christian website. In addition, the PC(USA) website also provides topical information. Join us for our next discussion, Sunday morning at 10:00 in Fellowship Hall! Youth Sunday School Christian Education for Beaumont’s 6th-12th graders focuses on discussion-based lessons that help these youth learn to explore and talk about their faith. We discuss what it means to be a Christian and a Presbyterian in today’s youth culture, with all its adventures and challenges. The class meets every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in the Youth Room at the end of the education wing of Beaumont. K-5 Sunday School The children meet Sunday mornings to learn more about our faith. We use the “We Believe” and the “Growing in Grace and Gratitude” curriculum.
Men’s Bible Study Our Men’s Bible Study provides an open forum study group for men of faith. All men are welcome. We study selected books of the Bible and read works by noted Christian writers to discuss at our weekly meetings. Our focus in biblical study is to interpret the meaning of scripture, discuss the particular message as it pertains to our lives, and generate means of applying these insights to reflect our faith in action as well as thought. Our overarching goal is to live our lives guided by Christian principles and in close relationship to the guidance of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Women’s Bible Study This group meets at 10 a.m. on Wednesday mornings for fellowship and study of various books of the Bible, as well as other topical writers. Recent studies have included Genesis and Exodus, as well as The Disciple’s Joy: Six Practices for Spiritual Growth by Michael Foss. The mission of the group is not only to shine God’s light within our own lives, but to shine the light and love of Christ to the community around us. And so we collect and distribute much-needed gifts and supplies for the Women’s Hope Center in Lexington and other community organizations at Christmas and other times throughout the year.