A core tenet of United Methodist belief is that faith is a journey. It isn’t something that one either has in full measure or not at all, nor is it something one possesses statically. Rather faith can ebb and flow. Still we understand that the Christian should grow in his or her faith; thus we put ourselves to intentional faith development, seeking a variety of ways to offer both foundation and formation in our walk with God.
Examples of these opportunities include:
• Sunday school
• Wednesday evening studies
• Kids On a Mission
Lone Oak UMC has a wide variety of adult Sunday School Classes, from children to senior adults:
Empty Nesters Class – A discussion class using Adult Bible Studies as a framework. Age group: middle age to retiree.
Genesis Class – Lively discussion is enjoyed as the Genesis Class journeys through the Bible. Every opinion is valued.
Open Door Class – “The door is open and so are our minds as we seek to understand God’s claim on our lives.” A facilitated open discussion group that welcomes the sharing of doubts, fears, and questions while seeking to be grounded in the essentials of the Christian faith. Study materials: in addition to the Bible, includes a variety from contemporary and classical Christian literature, video series, to programmed study guides and lessons. Topics are selected by the class as a whole. Age group: “The Door is Open to any and all.”
Wesleyan Class – This class is known for its open conversation and unexcelled support for all sides of the discussion. A new member once commented, “I have never experienced so much openness without someone getting offended.” Avid concern is expressed for any who may be discouraged by the “technicalities” of religion, family, or hardships. The Wesleyan Class is strong on outreach and generous with time, love, and money in caring for the church and community. Age group: “Youthful” 50-80
Pre-School/Kindergarten – These young children actively learn Bible stories and how they apply to their lives. Each week provides a different memory verse and Bible actively that the children enjoy.
Intermediate Primary – Eager to learn, this age group enjoys the weekly lessons with Bible-based activities including stories, art, music, and puppets used to re-create the Bible story of the week.
KIDS ON A MISSION
Kids On a Mission is our Wednesday after-school program for first through fifth graders, running from September through April. We provide transportation from schools in Lone Oak, as well as supper. Fourth and fifth graders arrive at 2:30 pm, have snack, participate in activities, and find homework time if needed. First through third graders join us at 3:45 pm for activities, Bible lessons, and crafts.
We eat supper together at 5:30 pm and parents pick up at 6. Of course parents are always welcome to join us for our meal!
Once a month we take a “mission trip” to various local facilities that provide help for those in need. We learn about God’s love for us, and how we can show this love to others. We’re on a mission!
WEDNESDAY EVENING STUDIES
Our Wednesday evening studies, which run weekly in the fall through the spring, are usually multi-week studies around a book or a topic.
Examples of past studies include Serving from the Heart: Finding Our Gifts and Talents for Service and A Disciple’s Path: Deepening Your Relationship with Christ and the Church.
Forthcoming studies include Earn. Save. Give.: Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money and John: The Gospel of Light and Life.
Join us each Wednesday at 6 pm!