Adult Spiritual Formation & Small Groups
Expand your spiritual life through intellectual, social and creative opportunities that help you grow in faith and deepen your relationship with God, yourself and others. From September through May, Sunday morning adult education classes start at 9:30 a.m. and generally meet in the South end of Fellowship Hall.
2018 Lenten and Easter Studies
On March 4 we begin a 5-week Lenten and Easter season study using A Risen Christ in Eastertime by biblical scholar Raymond Brown. In five concise essays, Brown examines how the stories of the risen Christ fit the theology and plan of the individual Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John. Our discussions are facilitated by Revs. John Lentz , Lois Annich and Laury Larson, and meet from 9:30-10:30 am in South Hall on March 4, March 18, April 8, April 15 and April 29. Participants are asked to read chapter one, The Resurrection of Mark, in preparation for the March 4 gathering.
On March 11, Dale Hilton will speak to us about the “Art of the Passion.” Ms. Hilton is the director of the Adult and Distance Learning Department at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and President of Cleveland Decorative Arts. She
has worked as a museum curator for over 25 years, lectured extensively, and authored numerous publications.
On April 8, Dr. Sheila McGinn will speak on “Welfare Wastrels or Swanky Socialites,” which draws from Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians. The lecture title comes from the last chapter of her book By Bread Alone: The Bible through the Eyes of the Hungry. Dr. McGinn is Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at John Carroll University and Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity.
In the summer, when our worship service moves to 10:00am, a Summer Bible Study group is offered at 9:00am and meets through the end of July.
Bible and Bagels
Every Wednesday morning @ 7:30am, members and friends meet in the Jin Room for coffee and bagels and a lively discussion of the upcoming lectionary passage. Drop-ins are welcome, and there’s nothing to read ahead of time.
As part of Forest Hill’s commitment to developing spiritual lay leaders, we offer an intense, 28-week, small group program called Faith Leader designed to cultivate lay leaders by helping them develop a deeper connection with God, themselves, and others. The group gathers weekly to discern their spiritual gifts and types, develop spiritual disciplines, and explore and commit to personal plans for ministry.
The group is limited to 7-10 participants and is co-led by a team of 2 lay leaders and a staff member. The year begins and ends with weekend retreats and runs from September to May, with a break for Advent/Christmas. For info about the program, or to express interest in participating, contact the office or one of the pastors.
Occasional Offerings: Watch the weekly bulletins and monthly newsletters for upcoming classes. NEW GROUPS form regularly and meet together for as long as desired. If you are interested in starting a new group, we are happy to assist in any way possible.
OTHER SPIRITUAL GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES
Pilgrimages, both domestic and international, are an exciting way to grow in faith. Learn more about our pilgrimages here.