… to make true disciples of our members, becoming more Christ-like as we grow in faith …Erin's Discipleship Mission Statement
Sunday School (all ages)
Erin offers 3 different Sunday School classes for children, by age group. Teachers use the new PCUSA curriculum, Growing in Grace & Gratitude. This curriculum is rooted in the foundation of Presbyterian identity where God’s grace and our gratitude are the heartbeat of our faith, life, and worship.
Each session shares a Bible story that reveals God’s grace for us. Through fun activities, prayer, and singing, children will celebrate the meaning of this grace in their lives as they encounter a living God.
- Toddler Class (age 2-3) : Nursery (2016-2017 Lesson Plan)
- Younger Elementary Class (age 4 – 1st Grade): Family Life Center 1
- Older Elementary Class (2nd – 5th Grade): Family Life Center 4
Youth have lots of questions, not just about what God says but how it affects them and their place in the world. Sunday School is a safe place to ask questions and find answers together. Youth classes study the Feasting on the Word from PC(USA), which is based on Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. Each week’s activities and discussions combine the readings with various viewpoints in a new and unique way tailored to the teenage perspective. The joint Middle School/High School Class is taught by Ms. Farrah Linkous in the High School Room. The High School room is the second to last room on the left in the main floor education wing.
3 Adult classes offer a wide variety of content and learning approaches
- Connections Class, led by Rev. Stuart. This class is studying a wide variety of topics taken from the Sunday Lectionary. Click here for the August 2016-May 2017 schedule.
- Hard Sayings Class, led by John House. This class is currently reading and studying The Emotionally Healthy Church by Peter Scazzero.
Youth Groups (Sun. evening)
Erin’s youth groups explore what it means to follow Christ in today’s complex world. On Sunday nights, our youth meet to discuss important questions together and bring Jesus’ perspective to the decisions they make every day. There’s fun, opportunities for service, and serious study, too. Both groups also participate in outreach events, lock-ins, and retreats.
Middle School Youth Group meets Sundays 4:45-5:45 pm.
High School Youth Group meets Sundays 5:45-7:00 pm.
Youth groups are led by Youth Director Farrah Linkous.
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS): 2nd & 4th Thu., 9:15 – 11:30 am
MOPS is a place where moms can meet other moms, share experiences, be creative, and grow in their faith through guest speakers, devotional time, group discussion, crafts, and mission project opportunities. Find out more on Erin’s MOPS blog: http://erinpresbyterianmops.blogspot.com/
This year’s theme is a “Fierce Flourishing”. Sometimes we need new eyes: a perspective shift that recalibrates our hearts to the rhythm of God’s goodness surrounding us. We become more ourselves, and flourish, when we make time to celebrate, rest, and notice goodness.
|2015 – 2016 Schedule|
|September 10||February 11|
|September 24||February 25|
|October 8||March 10|
|October 22||March 24|
|November 12||March 25 – Egg Hunt|
|December 10||April 14|
|January 14||April 28|
|January 28||May 12|
Planet Worship (during Sunday 11:00 am Worship)
Planet Worship is Erin’s Children’s Church program for children ages 4 years old through 4th grade. Children attend worship with their parents for the first half of the service. After the family sermon and Praise Song, children are dismissed to Planet Worship, which is held in the Family Life Center.
This program teaches our children why we worship and how we worship. Lessons focus on prayer, music in worship, church seasons of the year, learning to use the Bible, and much more. Children are engaged in lessons with hands-on activities, such as crafts and games.
Pioneer Club (Wed., 6:30 – 7:30 pm)
Pioneer Club is a “hands-on” activity club for children 4 years old through 5th grade. The goal of Pioneer Club is to foster personal and social development in a Christian environment by creating a fun and safe place for children to play together. Lessons are designed around a variety of themes with lots of crafts, games, science fun, and culinary creations.
This year’s theme is Wacky Wednesdays with Dr. Seuss. Kids explore the many works of Dr. Seuss and learn valuable life lessons through his unique stories and characters.
Vacation Bible School (June 2016)
Join Erin Presbyterian and Messiah Lutheran for a Neighborhood VBS at
Messiah Lutheran Church
6900 Kingston Pike, Knoxville
Kids will …
LEARN that God is always with them!
EXPLORE God’s presence in their lives!
SERVE God by serving others!
Friday, June 3: 2pm – 5pm
Saturday, June 4: 9am – 3pm*
Sunday, June 5: 2pm – 5pm
*lunch will be provided during the Saturday session
For ages 3 yrs. old – 5th Grade
Middle and HS Youth serve as Jr. Helpers*
(*Please register all children, including Youth Helpers and those in the nursery.)
Register on-line at: www.vacationbibleschool.com/erin_messiah
Childcare will be provided for volunteers with children under 3 years old.
Joy Bornhoeft, Family Ministries Leader