Activities for children, youth, and adults are designed to provide opportunity for fellowship around the table, intriguing conversations in small group classes for adults, encountering Christ through music and instruments and mission for children. It becomes a bookmark for your week, and we hope you will make this evening a part of your fall rhythms and routine!
Join us as we gather for:
- Fellowship Supper, 5:20 p.m.
- Childcare for infants, toddlers and twos, 5:45 p.m.
- Children’s Choirs for ages three through fifth grade, 6:00 p.m.
- Youth Activities, 6:00 p.m.
- Adult Classes, 6:10 p.m.
- Sanctuary Choir rehearsal, 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday evening supper begins at 5:20 p.m. and will remain open until 6:00 p.m. Reservations are necessary! (Even if you’ve had a standing reservation in the past, the list is recreated every year beginning in August!) You may contact the church office to make a reservation (firstname.lastname@example.org; 502-451-3735) or sign up on the registers that are passed in the pew on Sunday mornings. Also, please be sure to add or cancel reservations as needed no later than 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday afternoon.
Currently, we are being catered by Gracious Plenty. Cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children under 12, and a maximum of $21 per household (immediate family members) WITH A RESERVATION and $8 for adults, $4.50 for children ages 4-12, and a maximum of $24 per household (immediate family members) WITHOUT A RESERVATION. Click here to see the menu.
Wednesday Night Programming for Children
Our Wednesday evening programming begins a new year each August, and we are ready for the sounds of children busy with play—a child’s way of learning new skills, connecting with their peers, and learning of God’s love through music and activities.
Carol Choir (3’s 4’s & young 5’s), Room 203, 6:00-7:15 p.m. Musical instruction for the young child through singing, movement and playing of instruments. Mission time with stories of the world in which we live and time to discover together how to care for God’s world and how to share God’s love with everyone, because God loves us.
Choristers Choir (K-5th Grade), Children’s Commons, Rooms 201 and 202, 6:00-7:15 p.m. Musical activities involving movement, speech, singing, literacy, and playing of instruments drawing from folk songs, hymns, scripture, and children’s anthems.
Children’s Handbell Choir, Room 200, 6:45 -7:15 p.m. Handbell instruction is provided for 4th and 5th grade students.
Wednesday Night Classes for Adults
Classes meet 6:10-7:10 p.m.
Lenten Term: February 28, March 7, March 14
Developing Faith (Renee Purtlebaugh): The life of a child is constantly changing and evolving, which means that the parent’s life is the same. Renee will explore child development in order to share previews of what is to come on this crazy adventure of raising God’s people. What is next – in faith, in life, and beyond?
The Cross & the Lynching Tree (Dr. Tyler Mayfield): James Cone will receive the 2018 Grawemeyer Award in April from the University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary for this work, which unites the first-century cross with the twentieth-century lynching tree. Resident LPTS professor Dr. Tyler Mayfield writes of Cone, “By connecting the suffering of Jesus to the suffering of black men and women, he provokes us to ponder death, terror, and ultimately liberation.” In this Lenten season, let us approach the cross through a new lens that might convict, challenge, and change us come Easter morning.
Wholeness in Body and Spirit (Terry Casey): Health is more than our physical temperature, movement of joints, and hospital assessments. Dr. G. Scott Morris, the founder of the Church Health Center in Memphis, America’s largest faith-based clinic for the uninsured, has written Health Care You Can Live With which leads the church to be equipped to care for both the physical and spiritual aspects for our life. New to Highland, Terry Casey is a nurse practitioner who has experience in parish nursing programs, will call us towards a grander vision of wholeness.
March 21, April 18, and May 16
“Cloud of Witnesses: Stories from Saints-In-Process” Highland’s sanctuary is filled with saints – the ones in the stained-glass windows who have completed the race and the ones in the pews who are still in process. When we assume saints to be perfect people, we miss the truth they have to share. Saints are the ones who wonder if God is up to something and step out in humility and boldness to share their glimpses of the divine. Story-telling by these “Saints-in-Process” makes God visible for the church. For three Wednesdays (March 21, April 18, May 16) this spring, we will gather in the sanctuary for “Cloud of Witnesses: Stories from Saints-In-Process” where three individuals will share their faith journey guided by our facilitator, Bob Cunningham. Join us to hear from our Saints-In-Process.
Spring Term: April 25, May 2, May 9
Contemplative Prayer (Teacher TBA): While religious institutions argue over doctrine, politicians fight for power, and companies vie for our consumption, we seek to follow the Way of Love. This Way of Love requires an active life – one that is lived amongst a world in need and one that is lived amongst the silence in solitude. Thomas Merton writes that contemplative prayer for the urban dwellers feeds the “need for a certain interior silence and discipline simply to keep themselves together, to maintain their human and Christian identity and their spiritual freedom.” Amidst busy Wednesday nights, how might we learn and practice contemplative prayer that restores, prepares, and sends us forth?
Introduction to the Enneagram (Nina Maples): Many people around Highland are talking about numbers, types, and wings, and you may be wondering… what is this “Enneagram” and how do I understand why it keeps coming up? Nina Maples, our resident Enneagram expert, will lead an introductory course to help people new to the Enneagram to learn the different types, understand its purpose, and become intrigued with this ancient tool for personal, spiritual, and communal growth.
Youth Parents (Perry Dixon): This will be a space for all parents to gather to share wisdom, resources, experiences, hardship and joy in an authentic space. Through this intentional gathering, we will be reminded that we do not parent on an island, though life certainly feels like that sometimes. Instead, our hope and goal is to be in this together!