During this time of Physical Distancing, meeting in person for Education is, unfortunately, mostly aspirational. But, Bible Study is continuing virtually over Zoom and the Race and White Privilege Book Discussion group has met virtually and is planning an outdoor discussion.
The New Hempstead Presbyterian Church has Christian Education opportunities for young and old. These include lively adult education and discussion groups and Sunday morning classes for children.
The New Hempstead Presbyterian Church has adult study groups. All meet weekly from September through June. The Adult Bible Study is led by our pastor the Rev. Dr. Lori Knight-Whitehouse and meets after service every Sunday around 12:30 PM. Anyone is welcome to join on any Sunday.
Elder Ed Garcia leads Bible study on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 AM in the Colonial Room. Anyone is welcome to join.
- Becoming, by Michelle Obama
- Friday Black, by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (a Rockland County native)
- White Fragility:Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
- Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- Naomi Jackson’s The Star Side of Bird Hill.
Elder Pauline Mattis is the chair of Christian Education. The program for children is taught by a rotating team of teachers who work together to develop a Biblically-based program of instruction. Presently, children attend Worship through the “Children’s Experience” after the first reading and then go into the Colonial Room with their teachers. For the summer, the teachers are using the text: Growing in God’s Love: A Story-Bible which is a fun book which introduces the children to the classic Bible stories in a way that we have found keeps their attention. Pauline Mattis will be distributing a schedule of which stories are covered in which weeks, and parents are welcome to purchase the book to reinforce the learning at home.
In our Presbytery, the confirmands attend a joint confirmation class with other students from Presbyterian churches around the area. This allows them to hear a variety of speakers from different churches and to experience what it means to be Christian from people with a variety of points of view. Each confirmand is assigned a mentor from the church.