Adult Sunday Education

Central Presbyterian Church strives to nurture and develop disciples of all ages.

For adults, we offer educational opportunities on Sundays during the education hour (9:00–10:00 a.m.), and regularly on Wednesday mornings. During the Sunday 9:00 a.m. education hour, we strive to offer opportunities to learn and grow in faith, experience religion from a different faith perspective and discover ways to promote social justice. We also offer programming specific to parents as they journey through raising their children in a complicated and confused world. We also have special book studies usually during Advent, Lent and the summer.

Adult Education opportunity in January

A Christian response to incarceration and reentry

Statistics are astounding – the crime rate is now lower than it’s been in 30 years, but our prisons are more overcrowded than ever. More than half of all jail and prison inmates have a mental health problem, 70% are functionally illiterate, and roughly 35% were under the influence of drugs or alcohol when they committed their crimes. Many were also victims of homelessness, sexual assault or poverty. But when they complete their prison or jail time, what are their chances of success outside the walls? Our January adult education series will reflect critically on this country’s practice of incarceration and ask whether there are better ways to seek justice for offenders and offer support for their reentry.

Jan. 6 – 9:00 a.m. in Room 201 – Prison Nation, Part 1 – Is there a problem with incarceration?

Jan. 13 – 9:00 a.m. in Room 201 – Prison Nation, Part 2 – What is our Christian response?

Jan. 20 – 9:00 a.m. in Room 201 – Women at the Well – one Christian response

The Rev. Lee Roorda Schott lectures on incarceration issues and the Women at the Well ministry, a United Methodist congregation, located within the walls of the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville.

10:15 a.m. The Rev. Lee Roorda Schott will be our guest preacher.

1:00–4:30 p.m. Join Women at the Well for an afternoon of additional learning around issues of justice and incarceration. We’ll gather in Fellowship Hall and then break into two groups:

Reentry Team Training, led by Pastor Paul Witmer, Minister of Reentry and Congregational Care. This training will prepare participants to work as part of a team with women coming out of prison, accompanying them during that first year.

Or

Workshop “Welcoming Home: How the Church Makes Room for Those Affected by Incarceration,” led by
Pastor Lee Roorda Schott. We’ll consider how the church can become a supportive community for those who themselves or in their families are dealing with incarceration. Will we make room for this kind of diversity? What will that call from us? How will it enrich us?

This afternoon workshop is open to anyone who is interested and we’ll meet in Fellowship Hall. For more information on Women at the Well, visit www.womenatthewellumc.org.

Questions? Contact Christian Education Director Greg Halterman at 515-279-3658, for more information.