Christian Formation

Experience God anew through our many opportunities for group Bible study, activity and discussion…

Sunday School for all ages – most Sundays at 9:15 AM (September through June)

Preschool/Kindergarten – Bible stories & heroes
Students will learn about many important Bible stories and heroes through story, crafts, activities and song. We meet in the classroom next to our Administrative Assistant’s office.

1st Grade through 4th Grade – Bible stories & heroes
Students will learn about many important Bible stories and heroes through story, crafts, activities and song. We meet in the classroom next to the Fellowship Hall doors.

Middle/High School – Talksheets and topical discussions
The class explores scripture while opening up the floor to discuss current issues that may affect this age group. Occasional offsite trips are made. This class meets in the last classroom on the right going down the main hallway.

At the present time we are following a DVD curriculum on the Old/New Testament that is lay led. We meet in the classroom by the kitchen for a lively discourse.

Youth Groups:
We seek to share Jr/Sr. High youth ministry with All Souls Episcopal Church and continue to promote participation in Virginia Synod and Richmond Area Lutheran Youth (RALY) events.

Adult Studies:

1. Daily Discipleship Bible Study – on hiatus
For the last several years, our pastor has facilitated a lectionary based Bible study. The focus of the group has been the scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday. This group meets in the narthex on Wednesday afternoons, but is on hiatus until and interim pastor is assigned to our congregation.

2. Men’s Bible Study – on hiatus
This lay led Bible study and discussion group has met for several years over lunch at Cracker Barrel (7367 Bell Creek Road South). This class is on hiatus until an interim pastor is assigned our congregation.

3. Women’s Bible Study – 2nd & 4th Tuesdays (Fall through Spring)
This lay led Bible study and discussion group meets at Messiah in our fellowship hall at 7PM. Group consensus helps determine topic and style of the gathering.

Other Youth Offerings:
1. Gospel Fun Time takes place during worship after the children’s sermon for children ages 3-10. Children complete activities that parallel the lectionary and return to their families in time for communion.
2. First Communion and Confirmation classes are offered when youth are of age.

Other Adult Offerings:
1. ChurchNext
We occasionally offer online, video based classes perfect for those on the go. Each class is an independent offering led by top scholars and religious leaders. You take the class at your own pace. Offerings vary throughout the year.

2. Virginia Synod Retreats and Events for Adults
The Virginia Synod of the ELCA offers year round opportunities for spiritual growth: men’s & women’s retreats, Power in the Spirit (with dynamic speakers and musicians), ACTS classes (on varied topics led by seminary professors), and more! Learn how you can participate at

3. Financial Peace University
In a local nine-week class, you’ll learn Dave Ramsey’s seven easy-to-follow Baby Steps to create a budget, get out of debt, and make a beneficial, generous plan for your money! We plan to offer this class on a regular, reoccurring basis. Financial Peace University is a biblically based program that works.

4. Book and a Movie (BAM)
People read a given book, come together in fellowship for eating and discussion, and then conclude with viewing of the movie.
Many additional opportunities are offered throughout the year!


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