Faith and Family

Every Sunday morning, we offer faith education classes for children, youth, and adults from 9:30 am – 10:30 am during the Assembly Season (June 18 – August 13, 2023). All programs are open to both members and non-members. For more information contact the Director of Worship and Religious Life, the Rev. Dr. Hilary Barrett: 215-605-1988 or worship@bayviewassociation.org.

Children’s Sunday School – Hitchcock Hall

  • For Children age 3 (potty trained) through 10.
    Led by Rachel Solgat, this Bible-based one-room gathering meets every Sunday from 9:30 – 10:30 am
    during the Assembly Season (June 18 – August 13, 2023).
  • Located in Hitchcock Hall – next door to Hall Auditorium.

Youth Sunday School – Hitchcock Hall

  • For youth 11-12 years old.
    This class meets every Sunday from 9:30 – 10:30 am
    during the Assembly Season (June 18 – August 13, 2023)
  • Located in Evelyn Hall – next door to Hall Auditorium.

Teen Sunday School – Evelyn Hall

  • For youth 13+ years.
    This class meets every Sunday from 9:30 – 10:30 am
    during the Assembly Season (June 18 – August 13, 2023)
  • Located in Evelyn Hall – next door to Hall Auditorium.

Adult Sunday School

  • Christian Fellowship Class – Voorhies Hall
    • Meets every Sunday from 9:30 – 10:30 am (June 18 – August 13, 2023).
    • The Christian Fellowship Class is facilitated by Bill Hauschild and Stephany Clothier. Participants view videos of some of the top speakers and leaders in the ministry field. Each week there is a stand-alone class to accommodate first-time attendees as well as class regulars. All are welcome to attend at any point during the summer. The talks, which last 30-40 minutes, are followed by facilitated group discussion and application. Come ready to learn and grow in your spiritual walk! The coffee and fellowship are free! We hope to see you there!
    • Located in Voorhies Hall – across from the Bay View Library.
  • Windows on the Biblical World – Campus Club
    • Meets every Sunday from 9:30 – 10:30 am (June 18 – August 13, 2023).
    • The Windows on the Biblical World Class is led by the Rev. Dr. Jack Giguere and the Rev. Stan Sutton.
      Each session stands alone to accommodate first-time attendants as well as class regulars. In 2023 the focus will be on Jesus’ parables. Using multi-media and discussion, the class will explore three aspects of each parable. 1) What does the Bible say? [Translation] 2) What did the words mean for those who first heard it? [History] 3) What does the parable mean for us today? [Interpretation]
    • Located in the Campus Club – behind the Post Office.
  • Men’s Bible Study – Campus Club
    • Meets Friday at 8:00 a.m. (June 23 – August 18, 2023).
    • The Men’s Bible Study is facilitated by Roger Plummer. The 2023 theme will concentrate on Biblical Covenants.
    • All are welcome to attend at any point during the summer. The study, which last around 30-40 minutes, is followed by group discussion. Come ready to learn and grow!
    • Located at the Campus Club building – behind the Post Office and Gathering Post.
  • Women’s Bible Study – Campus Club
    • Meets Friday’s at 9:45 am – 11 am (June 23 – August 11, 2023).
    • The Women’s Bible Study is facilitated by Kathy Olmsted.
    • All are welcome to attend at any point during the season. The study does not require homework or prior knowledge. The group reads and participates in onsite discussion. Come ready to learn and grow!
    • Located at the Campus Club building – behind the Post Office and Gathering Post.

Youth and Young Adult Ministry

  • True North Group (ages 15– college)
    This group meets on Sundays at 6 p.m. in the Recreation Building – down at the Waterfront.
  • Youth Group (ages 11-15)
    This group meets on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in Hitchcock Hall – right next to Hall Auditorium
  • Crossroads Bible Study (young adults)
    This group meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

New Weekday Offerings for 2023…

Three Mystics Walk into a Tavern – location TBD 

  • Meets six (6) consecutive Thursdays (July 6-August 10, 2023) from 1:30 – 3:00 pm  
  • Led by the Rev. Dr. Sidney Hall 
  • In Three Mystics Walk into a Tavern, Jalal ad-Din Rumi, Moses de León, and Meister Eckhart–three of the greatest mystics of all time–meet in Venice for an imaginary night-long conversation that will inspire everyday individuals of the twenty-first century to find their own spirituality and realize that everyone can be a mystic. Although the mystics came from different backgrounds and religious traditions (Islam, Judaism, and Christianity), their spiritual paths led them to similar understandings of union with the Divine. The three mystics have a timeless and timely message for people who walk the earth eight centuries after they did, no matter an individual’s religious background or even if they have none. It is a message of connecting with the “divine spark” deep within us and within the universe. 

Mind-Body-Spirit Connection 

Gentle attentive movement can cultivate a quiet and lively alertness to the sacrament of the present moment.  In each of these two-session workshops, breath, movement, and sound elicit the power of stillness, both inward and shared. Nancy-Laurel Pettersen, PhD, has been a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education since 2003. Her focus is meditative applications of the method.

  • Sitting for dynamic stillness – Poised alertness for meditation and prayer 
    • Nancy-Laurel Pettersen, PhD
    • Mary Oliver wrote, “Attention is the beginning of devotion.” In seated meditation or contemplative prayer, attention can be hijacked by physical discomfort, disrupting the stillness that is intended. This workshop, which will take place in chairs, will cultivate a dynamic understanding of sitting that allows for both comfort and attentive presence.  
    • Two (2) sessions; schedule TBD
  • Rhythm of breath, rhythm of life 
    • Nancy-Laurel Pettersen, PhD 
    • The Hebrew word ruach means both breath and spirit. Thich Nhat Hanh wrote, “Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile.” Expansion-contraction is the basic rhythm of life. Breathing practice – for meditation, for prayer, for everyday life – becomes listening practice when we allow the natural rhythm of our breath to set the pace. In this class we will explore that rhythm, together.
    • Two (2) sessions; schedule TBD
  • Movement as Meditation, Movement as Prayer 
    • Nancy-Laurel Pettersen, PhD
    • The way we bring our hands together for prayer or a meditative mudra reflects the way we touch the things of our world. The way we set our feet on the ground echoes our relationship with the earth. The way we move in liturgy creates a tone for worship. We will explore movements of hands and feet as both a prayerful meditative practice and as the foundation of our action in the world. 
    • Two (2) sessions; schedule TBD