Age range: Intergenerational
Average attendance: 20
Teaching style: Member-led discussion using class facilitators
Location: Room A127
About Pathways: Our
intergenerational Sunday school class welcomes visitors from all walks of
life. We meet in Room A127 (near the
Youth Center), and usually start between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. Pathways encourages participants to explore
many different paths along our journey with Christ, based on the variety of
perspectives we each possess. Our
diverse ages, experiences, and points of view allow us to explore our own faith
through biblical study (and often through laughter) while learning from members
who may provide us with new perspectives.
Pathways class discussions are facilitated by different volunteers from
the class each week, and are led by guest speakers from time to time. You do not have to lead a class in order to attend. Video, other visual aids, or passages of text
frequently serve as a starting point for our discussions.
History: Pathways began as a result of the church-wide Lenten study in 2010. At the conclusion of the study, several of
the participants decided to form a new intergenerational class. Since then, new members have joined the class
and expanded it to its current size.
members each have an opportunity to take part in planning the class
curriculum. Our class has engaged in
Bible studies, topical discussions, and book-driven studies.
Previous Studies: Past
studies have included The Noticer by Andy Andrews, a study of Jesus’
Parables, The Journey: Walking the
Road to Bethlehem by Adam Hamilton, a study of the Mormon religion, Yes
Lord, I Have Sinned but I Have Several Excellent Excuses by James
Moore, Why: Making Sense of God’s Will by Adam
Hamilton, a Bible study based on Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture, Seeing
Gray in a World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and
Politics by Adam Hamilton, Enough by Adam Hamilton, What Does the
Lord Require by James C. Howell, The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus by Adam
Hamilton, Your God is Too Small by J.B. Phillips, a Christmas Bible
study based on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a study of the Gospel of Luke
guided by Luke for Everyone by Tom Wright, Questions God Asks Us
by Trevor Hudson, and the “Andy Griffith Show” Bible study.
Upcoming Events: During the remainder of 2014, we will study John Wesley, using Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It by Adam Hamilton
as a resource, interspersed with studies of a different disciple per week. We are planning a lunch outing to the
Irondale Café on Sunday, September 28 (departing Canterbury at 10:30 a.m.), as
well as a class trip to view the “Jerusalem” film in IMAX at the McWane Science
Center on Sunday, October 26 at 2:30 p.m. (meet at McWane). We have tentatively set the Pathways’
Christmas Party for the evening of Sunday December 14.
Outreach Activities Include: Brown Bag Project, Little Brown Bag, Stop Hunger Now, Family Promise of
Birmingham (formerly Birmingham Hospitality Network), Service Day in the
Avondale community, serving lunch at the Church of the Reconciler, Festival of
the Three Kings. We look forward to
participating in future outreach activities individually, as a class, and with
our extended class family and friends.
Other: The Pathways class enjoys an occasional lunch after church, and we
celebrate and play together several times a year.