Christian Education

We have an active program of Christian education for children, youth, and adults at TPPC. For a complete update on Christian education programs for children and adults, call the church office at 301-270-5550 or send an email to one of the email addresses below.

Sunday School

sunday school picture of noah's arkSunday School classes are now held after Time with Children during worship. Students in Kindergarten, First and Second grade gather in the Powhatan Room. The Saints Room is where third grade through fifth grade students meet. The Middle School classroom is downstairs in the front of the Fellowship Room.

Please know that we welcome all visitors, so if you have friends or neighbors with children who would like to come to Sunday School, they are always welcome. We also always need back-up or substitute teachers. If this interests you, please let us know at There is a curriculum to follow no need to create a lesson on your own.

Before Sunday School, there is a "time with children" segment in the worship service. More details can be found below.

Christian education classes for junior high students are also held at the same time during the regular school year.

Sunday School Update

Sleep in on Sundays and continue to enjoy Sunday School! Sunday School will take place after the "Time for Children" during the regular worship hour.

Church begins at 11:00. There will be NO before Church Sunday School for the time being. The feedback from the June experiment was very positive, so we are continuing to "test drive" Sunday School during Sermon time.

Sunday School teachers will be in the back of the church ready to escort their class to the right room. There will be 3 classes upstairs: K through 2nd grade, 3rd through 5th grade and 6th through 8th grade with high schoolers also welcome. Please pick up your K through 2nd grade child when the worship service ends.

The Sunday School Classes will continue to use the Shine "Living in God's Light" curriculum with a lot of input from students, teachers and parents. We'd love to hear your ideas for service projects as well.

This Week's Theme in Sunday School

This week's lesson is on Jesus's arrest and death ( ). Jesus prayed at Gethsemane. Judas betrayed him to the soldiers. After hours of trials and mistreatment, Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried.

Cooperative Youth Ministry (CYM)

CYM is cooperatively run by Takoma Park Presbyterian Church (TPPC) and Christ Congregational Church (CCC), and is a great way for children, 6-12th grade, to have fellowship and fun with their peers in a supportive, inclusive environment.

New Cooperative Youth Ministry (CYM) Leader Selected

Some Good News from Pastor Matt of Christ Congregational Church (CCC):

"I pleased to announce that John Ahn will be joining us as our new Cooperative Youth Ministry (CYM) leader. He will begin Sept. 10, at our Retreat House Celebration. In talking with John, we have set our first CYM kickoff event on Sept. 24 at 5:30 PM with a potluck dinner at CCC for students and families. Thanks to the parents and teens who were part of our search team!"

Here is some background on John:

John grew up in all the boroughs of New York City (except Staten Island). John has served in children's ministry, youth ministry, college, young adults, singles, family and older adult ministries in Flushing, College Point, Woodside, Bayside, and Little Neck, New York; Austin, Texas; and Hanover Maryland. Ordained in the Korean Presbyterian Church (a sister denomination of PCUSA) in 2001, he has a passion for reaching and sharing the word with an appreciation for religious dispositions to the next generation in a down to earth, fun, and understandable manner. John's been part of youth and young adult ministry since 1994.

John graduated from New York University, B.A. (Religious Studies and Linguistics), Princeton Theological Seminary, M.Div. (con. Biblical Studies), Yale Divinity School, S.T.M. (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament), and Yale University, Ph.D., Religious Studies (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament). He has authored/co-edited several monographs, including Exile as Forced Migrations (de Gruyter, 2010) and the Prophets Speak on Forced Migration (SBL Press, 2015). He has taught at Yale College and Hartford Seminary, among other schools. He is also currently on faculty at Howard University School of Divinity.

John is married to Angie, his high school sweetheart. They have three children and two dogs.

John loves to eat, travel, watch sports, and listen to music. "I'm excited to be part of the Cooperative Youth Ministry serving CCC and TPPC. Let's hang out, be formed and beautifully impact and inspire our world and inclusive society for the common good of all God's creation."

Our Whole Lives Parent Information Meeting

Sunday, January 28th, CCC and TPPC will be offering this year's 6th Grade O.W.L. Parent Information Meeting starting promptly at 6:30pm at CCC (9525 Colesville Road, Silver Spring 20904).

What is O.W.L.?
"We are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula for use in both secular settings and faith communities." (For more information, access the OWL website.)
Who should attend?
Parents of current 6th graders who attend CCC, TPPC or live in our community.
Does it cost anything to register?
It does not cost anything to register but you will need to purchase the book used at home. The cost will be $10/student book. There is an optional parent guide available to purchase as well. We will have all necessary resources available to purchase at the information meeting and first meeting of OWL class.
Do you register or just show up during the semester?
You and your student MUST attend the first OWL class (February 11th) together, where you will sign up your student and we will all commit to completing the 8-10 week course together.
Will my student want to participate?
Probably not. As a parents of six VERY reluctant children who completed 6th grade OWL over the years, all we can tell you is that it was worth the "fights" getting them to this class and in the long run has really been VERY beneficial to their day to day lives.
Do I need to RSVP?
No, but it would be appreciated. Feel free to ask anymore questions you may have as well. :)

We are looking forward to seeing you all next Sunday evening!

Re-Vitalizing the Adult Sunday School Hour with the 4 Rs

TPPC is alive with many signs of growth and change! The Spirit is among us. As we enter into the season of Lent we are called to consider how to better love and serve God, each other and the world as God desires. There are several activities on-going in the church to help us -- the Reconciliation process, the Racial Mindfulness group, and our Re-visioning thinking. In addition, underneath all is a desire to know each other a little more deeply, building Relationships.

To explore and reinforce these activities at TPPC, the Christian Education Committee proposes to re-vitalize the adult Sunday School hour (~9:30-10:45 AM Sunday, in the Parlor; 4th Sunday 12:30 PM in Sanctuary).

Specifically, we plan to devote one week a month to simply (and profoundly) getting to know each other a little more deeply, one week per month reinforcing and further considering the ideas brought to us through the Reconciliation efforts, another week during the month talking about our work as a Committed Racial Mindfulness congregation, and lastly, a week a month talking about our future (re-visioning) with Pastor Jim, immediately following worship.

This new Adult Sunday School will start next Sunday, March 4th with an hour devoted to getting to know each other better (Relationships). Please communicate your child care needs to -- we will make child care available as needed.

We encourage everyone to attend and be a part of the growth taking place at TPPC - through the 4 Rs - relationships, reconciliation, racial mindfulness, and revisioning!

Previous Classes

Previous topics have included studying the books of Genesis, Exodus, John and Mark, exploring the Isaiah texts which inspired Handel's Messiah, taking a journey through the Psalms, participating in a DVD-based program called "Living the Questions", and using models such as the the African Bible study model to help church members explore their own spirituality.

For more information on adult Sunday School at TPPC, contact

Women's Circles Monthly Bible Study Continues

All women are invited to the Women's Circle Bible Study that will begin on Saturday, October 14, at 10:30 a.m in the parlor. The 2017-2018 Horizons Bible Study Guide "Cloud of Witnesses" will be available.


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