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Christian Education at First & Central
We intend Christian Education to be included in a trinity of excellence along with worship and music. Two separate councils address the needs of youth/children and adults.

The Children, Youth & Parenting Council offers an exiting and full offering of Sunday morning Church School for all ages of children and youth. An entire recently renovated floor of the church is home to programs for the children, youth, and the Orff Music Program. Church school teachers use curriculum offered by the Presbyterian Church, which is a resource that connects worship, learning and service in the church and community. This year, the children, through the Church School offering, are collecting money to help rebuild a Heifer Project site destroyed by the recent hurricanes in the Gulf region.

Confirmation Classes are held are held in the winter and spring, with those members who chose to, joining the church on Palm Sunday. Over the course of the sessions the journey begins with the story of the Bible, moves through the early church to our own denomination, and culminates with a written expression of our faith and beliefs. As a church that honors its confessions we trace our roots by sampling the writings of our tradition, giving some thought to the circumstances that birthed them. Every student is well-known and valued by not only the class leaders, but the whole congregation as well.

Inter generational Church-wide Events are seasonal special programs offered by children, youth and adults for World Communion Sunday, Halloween, Christmas and Easter. These events always begin with a buffet breakfast and include music by the children's Orff rhythm group, a costumed pageant, songs with all ages participating, and Bible-based games.

The Adult Education Council provides a variety of programs focused on spiritual growth and living and serving in the world. The popular Explorers' Forum provides topics as diverse as Bible Study, the world's religions, laughter as medicine, updates on the congregation's many outreach projects, an overview of the city, conversations with members, and spirituality. Many beliefs and viewpoints are welcomed in lively dialogue. We respond to events in the world and search for new growth methods.

Labyrinth walks using our own labyrinth in Memorial Hall are open to members and the downtown community. Started in 1997, the labyrinth hours are every Wednesday from 11:00AM to 7:00PM, and on the 4th Sundays from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. Our Labyrinth Coordinator is always on site to welcome, introduce, and guide walkers who desire assistance.

This Council also sponsors Special Events, often well-known speakers, that draw members and visitors from the community. Examples are our annual Lenten School, a weekend with Bishop John Shelby Spong, a very popular event held in 2004 with noted biblical scholar, Marcus Borg, an evening with Jim Wallis held in the Spring of 2005, and in the fall of 2006, Dr. Diana Butler Bass presents a workshop on revitalizing the mainline church.