Adults age range 40s to 60s
The beginning point for adult community at Wilshire is Sunday School. If you didn't grow up in a Baptist tradition, this might seem a bit odd to you, because you might think Sunday School is only for children. Not so. Wilshire offers a thriving adult Sunday School program—what in some other churches might be called "small groups." There's a wide range of these classes offered every Sunday morning from 9:40 to 10:45 a.m. Visit around to find the one that's right for you.
Sunday School Class Suggestions:
PERENNIAL: RECURRING THEMES AND TIMELESS CHARACTERS. This class uses a rotation of teachers to present a two-year cycle of lessons that repeat continuously. The uniquely Wilshire curriculum focuses on the great themes and characters of the Bible. Each week’s lesson explores a character study (like Abraham, for example) or a grand theme (like grace, for example) as it plays out through the Bible. Shawn and Alison Ashmore are directors of the class. Meets in Room 3208 (new room).
FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH. This intergenerational class gives an overview of the Bible, book by book, over a two-year cycle. Learners are invited to drop in for a short time or stay for a long time. Learn how the Bible’s stories fit into the larger framework and become more familiar with the stories themselves. Dennis and Laura Smith direct the class, which is taught by a rotation of teachers. In April 2017, the class began a study on the Book of Acts. Meets in Room 3202 (new room).
DISCOVERY. Taught by Associate Pastor Mark Wingfield, Discovery Class is an easy entry point for anyone new to Wilshire or new to adult Sunday School. Lessons focus on books of the Bible or biblical topics of interest. This is an intentionally intergenerational class, with members from their 20s to 90s. This class is also available online via livestream. Meets in the Parlor.
WOMEN'S BIBLE. This is a class for women, whether they are married or single, who want to study the Bible as it applies to everyday life and establish relationships to support each other in following Christ. Taught by Linda Garner. Meets in Room 3104.
LABYRINTH. This class of people in their 30s and early 40s offers a combination of Bible exploration and contemporary questions of faith. Topics range from Old Testament Bible stories, heard anew or for the first time, to questions surrounding faith and science, Scripture and truth. Director is Katy Pritchard. Meets in Room 3303.
AVODAH. “Avodah” is a Hebrew word meaning both “work” and “worship.” These adults, mainly in their 30s and 40s, discuss how to bridge the gap between Sunday worship and Monday living. Topics are selected by the class and have ranged from examining a theology of money, to the theology of U2 and often include video segments. Teachers and directors are Alan Wright and Andrew Warden. Meets in Room 2375.
SEEKERS. This diverse group of adults mainly in their 40s is constantly seeking to follow God's will through study, prayer and interaction with one another. Several teachers rotate responsibilities, with a variety of short-term topics. Director is James Perry. Meets in Room 2355.
JOURNEY. Adults in their 40s to early 50s, many with junior high or high school age children, create this class, taught by a rotation of teachers. This class combines Scripture study, lots of probing discussion and a desire to apply biblical principles to daily life. Director is Carolyn Murray. Meets in Room 3203.
CONCORDIA. This class of single and married adults is taught by Mark Eggert and others each Sunday with the agreement that no one class member has all the answers, but this class enjoys asking interesting and challenging questions to further their understanding of the Christian faith. Director is Rick Hibbs. Meets in Room 3205.
EPIPHANY. Adults in their 50s to early 60s, many with children in high school or college, engage in robust discussion of biblical topics presented by a variety of teachers. This is a class where you’re sure to have an occasional epiphany if you’re open to discussion and considering new ideas. Director is Michele Blaker. Meets in Room 3301 (new room).
CORD OF THREE. Adults, mainly in their 50s and 60s, share a vision for developing caring relationships, participating in stimulating Bible study and lively discussion, and welcoming members and visitors alike. The class takes its name from Ecclesiastes 4:12: “Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Director is Mary Carver. Meets in Room 3308.
BEST. Boomers Encouraging and Studying Together is the thread that holds this class together. Most class members are in their 60s or early 70s, are still working and are fully engaged in church and community. The class is taught by a rotation of teachers. The director is Vicki Briley-White. Meets in Room 3211.
*BEGINNINGS. Periodically, Wilshire offers a six-week class Sunday morning class for newly and nearly married peoples, all ages including those in the community who may have another church home. It is led by Wilshire members and includes a Prepare and Enrich Evaluation and Assessment. For those not married yet, completion can earn you a discount on the cost of your marriage license. For more information or to sign up, please contact Tiffany Wright at (214) 452-3107.
For guests and new members: Wilshire Welcome Class. This special class operates on a four-week cycle that repeats continuously. Come in at any point in the cycle and leave when you’ve experienced all four session, designed to introduce newcomers to Wilshire’s history, theology, practices and people. It meets in McIver Chapel Room 1100-B on the first floor, south end of the building. Contact Tiffany Wright at 214-452-3107 for more information. Check this month's schedule for Wilshire Welcome.
Need help finding a median adult class? Contact Mark Wingfield at 214-452-3128.