Bible Study at Second Avenue
The Family of Faith at Second Avenue values the Bible as the foundation for all we do. We affirm that Bible study is one of the central disciplines of the Christian faith and a primary avenue for spiritual growth and a deepening walk with Christ. Here at Second Avenue we seek to provide the best in Bible Study that is both interesting to the mind and challenging to the soul. Following is a list of opportunities for Bible Study at Second Avenue.
Preschool: At Second Avenue Baptist Church, our priority is to offer all children an environment that is safe, secure, happy, and helps our youngest gifts to take their “First Look” at what it means to know God. Sunday mornings provide the opportunity to do just that! We offer care for Bed Babies all the way up to Preschoolers. We take very seriously the trust and responsibility given to us when a parent brings their little ones to church. We have an active Child Protection Policy in place with both pagers and tag systems to assure parents that their children are our top priority. Classes are age appropriate and geared to help our Preschoolers feel a part of our Family of Faith, and learn that God created them, loves them, and wants to be their friend.
Children: Connecting with the Bible is an essential building block in Faith Formation. Our ministry to families at Second Avenue places a high priority upon providing children the opportunity to connect and explore God's Word in a safe, fun, and engaging environment.
The Intersection is our Sunday Morning Bible Study for students
6th – 12th grade. We gather weekly from 9:30 am to 10:45 am. You can expect a warm reception and a great atmosphere to start your week off right! At the Intersection you’ll find a Community of friends, Comfortable space, and Conversation that brings the Bible to life. Join us, bring a friend, and come to the Intersection where life and faith meet!
The Sojourn Class: Life and faith are sometimes best described as a journey, or a Sojourn. The Sojourn Class is our Sunday morning discipleship class designed for College students. We realize that one’s College years can be a very formative time as students begin to find their place in this world. Our goal is to provide an environment where students can come and experience fellowship, engaging Bible Study, and be encouraged to connect their world and their faith and walk hand in hand with God on the Sojourn of Life.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Our Learning Communities
Bible study is central to our strategy for spiritual formation in the lives of adults. One of the cornerstones of that strategy is Sunday morning Bible study which begins at 9:45 am. Here at Second Avenue, adults are organized into two large learning communities that roughly divide into preretirement and post-retirement groups. These communities provide a variety of ongoing classes. Learners are encouraged to find a place that works best for them regardless of age. Feel free to try more than one class within a community or even more than one community. Below you will find more information about both groups.
"Transforming lives by building a solid foundation as devoted followers of Jesus Christ."
This community seeks to provide a consistent approach to Adult Spiritual Formation that is easy to communicate to guests and potential members. Some guiding principles for the community include:
· Focusing on spiritual formation based on life-stage as opposed to age.
· Encouraging folks to go where they feel comfortable and not just where they “fit”.
· Allowing participants to attend any class they wish, any time they wish.
· Providing a variety of biblical based studies that utilize multiple methodologies.
· Equipping participants to live out the vision of the church.
Location: The Foundation Community shares the Third Floor Gathering area for an early gathering/coffee time at 9:45 am and then breaks into classrooms for study at 10:00 am.
Young Adult Class—Room A
This new class is especially designed for young adults from college to early 30s, both married and single. This class seeks to provide the foundation of Christian discipleship young adults need as well as build community into which they can grow together.
This class focuses on the transformation that happens in the process of spiritual formation and discipleship. Topics include the basics of discipleship, Bible study, workplace and vocational discernment, marriage enrichment and parenting issues.
This mixed life stage class explores various biblical topics and themes using diverse teaching methods. Content may include Bible study, book studies, video, or guest lecturer/teacher.
This mixed life stage class is an ongoing adult Bible study based on The Uniform Series Bible Study from Smyth & Helwys. Lessons are designed to encounter the Scriptures, consider pertinent information with respect to the text, and apply the Scripture's teaching to living a faithful spiritually- maturing Christian life.
Ladies Class—Room E
This class is for ladies of all life stages. Women involved, study God’s Word; desiring to apply it to daily life. Bible studies and prayer are the foundation of the class curriculum. There are ladies teaching ladies through lesson discussions and sharing their experiences with God in their daily lives.
Note: Periodically we will combine some or all of these classes for a particular study or church emphasis.
The Fellowship Community is focused on adults who have moved in to the retirement phase of life and beyond. Based on the Learning Community model, learners are encouraged to try any class they like and attend where they feel most comfortable.
Location: The Fellowship Community meets in various locations on our first floor centered around the Fellowship Hall.
The Fellowship Class
The Fellowship Class is a large class made up of older adults (singles and couples). It follows a standard Sunday School curriculum and is taught largely by one teacher. The class is a loving, caring group of people who are constantly involved in various church, community, and personal ministries and who love and look after each other. The Fellowship Class meets in the parlor of our Chapel located just inside the Second Avenue entrance.
The Mildred Hudson Joyful Servants Class
A ladies Sunday school class in the Fellowship Community who study the scriptures in four ways: reflecting, studying, understanding, and what about me? This class of mature ladies help in all areas of the church and community. This group utilizes the Formations Bible Study Series also from Smyth and Helwys. It is taught by a rotating roster of teachers and meets in the Bride’s Room located at the front of our Fellowship Hall.
The Men’s Class
Similar to our class for ladies, this class also utilizes the Formations series and is taught by a rotation of excellent teachers. The class meets in the left-hand corner of our Fellowship Hall as you enter the room.
The Joy Class
This class is a co-ed class made up of our most senior members. They study a life-stage focused undated curriculum and are taught by two loving teachers. This class meets in the right corner of our Fellowship Hall just as you enter the room.
Other Bible Studies for Adults
Throughout the year, we also offer various small group studies that meet at other times and in other places. These groups include a Friday morning Bible Study for women, a Sunday evening study for men and two co-ed groups that meet on Sunday evenings and Wednesday mornings respectively. The schedule for these groups and topics they study change frequently.
OTHER MINISTRIES OF SECOND AVENUE
Wednesday nights at Second Avenue begin with our family night meal at 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall and includes a church-wide prayer time at 6:00 pm. Wednesday evening includes many activities for children including a fully graded choir program and mission activities for boys, girls and preschoolers.