Young adult community

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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 younger than age 30, 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.

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 is made up of men and women in their 30s and 40s, many of whom have elementary and junior high-aged children. The class is taught by a rotation of teachers mainly from within the class and currently follows the Formations curriculum. Director is James Perry. Meets in Room 2355.

BEGINNINGS. This is a six-week class meeting March 5 to April 9 and is for newly and nearly married peoples, all ages. If you are planning a wedding or have been married less than two years, we would love for you to attend this class. It is free and meets on Sunday mornings from 9:40-10:45 a.m. It will be led by Wilshire members and will include a Prepare and Enrich Evaluation and Assessment. It is open to anyone including those in the community who may have another church home. Information flyer (pdf). For other questions 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 brand-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 3206. 

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 January 2017, the class continues a study of the Gospel of Matthew. 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. In January 2017, the class will begin a study of 1 John, 2 John and 3 John. Meets in the Parlor. 

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