Young adult community

The young adult community at Wilshire is strong and diverse. You'll find here young professionals, couples, singles, stay-at-home moms, stay-at-home dads, single parents. Sunday School is the beginning point to find your place in the young adult community. Pick a class and try it; then visit other classes until you find the fit that's best for you. All classes meet on Sunday mornings from 9:40 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Sunday School Class Suggestions:

ITHAKA. This is a relatively new class intended specifically for adults in their 20s, including college students and those early in careers. Taught by Darren DeMent, this group normally gathers a little later than other classes, starting about 10 a.m. Meets in Room 3201.

ODYSSEY. This brand-new class is designed for younger 30s, folks between 30 and 35 years of age, but not exclusively so. Come be part of the launch of a new learning community with directors and teachers Vic Henry and Candy McComb. Class begins October 1 in Room 3207.

GENESIS. Topics include scriptural studies from both Old and New Testaments, Christian history and contemporary issues. A strong biblical focus guides discussions, led by John Parnell, with occasional guest teachers. Class members are mostly in their 30s and have young children. Directors are Patrick and Sarah Rose. Meets in Room 3309.

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.

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. The next class is schedule for Oct. 15 - Nov. 19. For more information or to sign up, please contact Tiffany Wright at (214) 452-3107.

Need help knowing where to start or need additional information about adult classes?
Contact Mark Wingfield at (214) 452-3128.

*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 sessions. Designed to introduce newcomers to Wilshire’s history, theology, practices and people. 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 week-by-week topic schedule for Wilshire Welcome.

Intergenerational options:

PERENNIAL: RECURRING THEMES AND TIMELESS CHARACTERS. [Began Jan. 8, 2017]. This new 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 livestreamMeets in the Parlor. 

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