Highland’s young adult ministry provides regular opportunities for young adults to gather in community – to fellowship, to dialogue, to study, to volunteer, to get away, and to simply be together. Our Young Adult Ministry Group (the fantastic group of folks who are behind our young adult ministry) has figured out a rhythm of weekly, monthly, seasonal, and ongoing ways to grow in community, and we’d love for you to be a part of this!
Sunday Bible Study
In 2013, Highland reorganized our young adult Bible Study opportunities and began four new community groups for young adults to fit the need for a variety of ways we connect with one another over matters of faith each week. These groups aim to connect you with a community in which to belong, to question and learn, and to share your lives together. Each group has its own distinct flavor, leadership, group makeup, and curriculum, so all visitors are encouraged to try out a few before nestling in somewhere!
The groups are as follows:
- Catch-All, Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Fireside Room (on the ground floor), led by Bojangles Blanchard. This class offers a safe space to wrestle with theology and Christian doctrine in light of our human experience and current events. This inter-generational group values the inclusion of all voices, giving great care to welcome those who the church has too often marginalized. This group works through the weekly lectionary texts to integrate the Gospel into their real joys, pains, and struggles.
- Goodtime Gospel Hour, Sundays at 9:30 a.m., room 122 (located off the Commons on the 1st floor), led by Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons. This class is for young adults who want to engage culture, politics, and theology. Topics vary but some favorites are Lady Gaga and Liberation Theology. Guthrie sums up his approach to Bible study with the words of Pope Francis: “Far from being timid, morose, acerbic or melancholy, or putting on a dreary face, the saints are joyful and full of good humor.”
- Parenting for Progress, Sundays at 9:30 a.m., room 103 (across from the church offices), led by Hollan Holm and Kate Dittmeier Holm. This class offers community and conversation for parents and others passionate about social justice issues. Compelled by injustices such as red-lining and gun violence, the teachers help the class seek the intersection of academic analysis, proactive engagement, theological discussion, and the daily grind of parenting. Gatherings outside class for fellowship and local engagement are allowing this group to foster a supportive, intentional, and meaningful community.
- Simple Community, Sundays at 11:00 a.m., in the Youth Suite (on the 2nd floor), led by Justin Boldt and Jill Ligon Davis. This class is a dynamic class whose form and content change with the season, the lectionary text, and the passions of the group. There is often opportunity for self-reflection, small group discussion, engagement through the arts and meditation, and fellowship. The teachers help create this communal space, but teaching is shared in a rotational model, drawing forth a multitude of perspectives on scripture, theology, and spirituality.
Childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers is provided during the 9:30 and 11:00 Bible Study hours. Children (K-5th grade) are also in Bible Study at 9:30 a.m.
For years now, our young adults have dug deep into life’s big questions in unconventional ways. Once a month, we gather at a local gastropub for drinks and dialogue about all manner of theological issues. One night we might tackle the theology of community, while the next month we may discuss the theology of politics. Needless to say, there’s never a dull moment in these gatherings!
All are invited and welcome to join us! We start with the essentials at 6:00 – food and fellowship – and our conversation will begin at 6:30. Check our Facebook Page here for information about upcoming gatherings.
Theology on Tap is a fun and easily-accessible way to get to know other twenty- and thirty-somethings at Highland. Grab a friend, and come join us for a great night of fellowship and conversation!
Guys’ Group and Women’s Group
Spurred on by a desire to create more spaces for meaningful connection between young adults, our Young Adult Ministry Group developed a once-a-month group evenings for young adult men and women at Highland. These groups are led by the members of the Young Adult Ministry Group and meet monthly at various locations around town. You might find the women discussing TED Talks at a group member’s home or the guys conversing about stress at Waterfront Wednesday.
These groups are spaces where young adult women and men meet across lines of age, life stages, marital status, and sexual orientation/identity to find common ground in our life experiences and to learn from each others’ experiences as well. All are welcome to come and join us!
For for information regarding the Monthly Guys’ Group and Women’s Group gatherings, contact Lauren Jones Mayfield.