Adult Faith Formation at Ladera Community Church is practiced through recurring gatherings and occasional programs, augmenting our Sunday worship. We also conduct, support and facilitate special events throughout the year, such as musical concerts, pageants, and speakers. We welcome you to join in all our gatherings and grow with us.

Church 101: Exploring Faith

Meets every other Wednesday, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, July 13 – October 5, 2016

The curriculum* for this class is built on solid theology and allows an opportunity for those who find themselves in a variety of different places on their faith journey to strengthen their faith through spirited discussion, wondering, and journaling. To register for this class, contact Holly Kennedy, Director of Faith Formation.

July 13 – God: Faith Is a Quest (Brian McLaren)
July 27 – Religion: Spirituality Is Not Enough (Lillian Daniel)
August 10 – Jesus: The Revolution of Love (Mark Scandrette)
August 24 – Salvation: Abundant Life Now (Shane Hipps)
September 7 – Cross: Where God Is (Nadia Bolz-Weber)
September 21 – Bible: A Book Like No Other (Lauren Winner)
October 5 – Church: An Imperfect Family (Bruce Reyes-Chow)

*Animate Faith published by Augsburg Fortress

Second Hour Programs

Meets some Sundays at 11:00 am in the Fireside Room.

These one-hour programs of spiritual growth and exploration of current issues are held most Sundays following fellowship time. Childcare is provided.

Prayer Group

Meets Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am at in the Fireside Room.

Check in and pray with one another, lifting up congregational prayers from the Sunday before. Creative styles of prayer are explored.

Home Group

Meets Sunday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in members’ homes.

Bi-monthly discussion of spiritual growth literature, such as Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen and The Good Book by Peter Gomes. Get-togethers include sharing of personal joys, concerns and caring.  Visitors are always welcome to experience this special style of faith growth in a caring environment.

Spiritual Enrichment Group

Meets twice monthly at the church.

This bi-weekly study group focuses on current articles or topics of interest by well-known theologians. Recent examples include: A New Christianity for a New World by Bishop John Shelby Spong, The Great Transformation by Karen Armstrong, and God at 2000 by Marcus Borg and Ross Mackenzie

Book Group

Meets in the afternoon in the homes of the participants.

A monthly discussion of works of fiction and nonfiction.

Shawl Ministry

Incorporates compassion and prayer, along with knitting needles, crochet hooks, strands of yarn, and occasionally a piece of fabric. Ministry Team members each create a shawl that will be given to someone in need of compassion. Through the process of creating a shawl, the shawl’s creators pray for the recipient. The group keeps in contact through email and through sharing patterns. Anyone is welcome to create a shawl.

Stillspeaking is a free email meditation every day. A team of gifted writers and pastors in the United Church of Christ collaborate on this daily spiritual email message. Included are a brief daily thought, a prayer, and a passage from scripture.

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