First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

Sunday morning Adult Academy Classes

Christian Education at First Church: It’s for Life!
Learn and grow in faith together – all life long

Sunday Morning Academy Classes are short-term gatherings from September through May for adults which explore a wide variety of faith issues and interests. Most last about six weeks, and many lend themselves to drop-in attendance. Most Academy classes are discussion-based, with lots of lively, open-minded, good-humored conversation. Our exceptional leaders and facilitators come from the congregation and from the Kalamazoo community. We strive to have a wide variety of topics during the program year. Drop-ins are always welcome!

February 2017 Academy Classes

1)  "Stars in the Heavens" (Parlor)
Influential African American Persons of Faith

Join Pastor Steve Charnley in the Parlor for February Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor for “Stars in the Heavens,” a study of four influential African American persons of faith. All are welcome!

February 5
Richard Allen: Black Methodist Preacher and Founder of the American Methodist Episcopal Church

February 12
Mary McLeod Bethune:  Founder of Bethune Cookman College and Friend of First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt

February 19
Dr. Charles Warfield:  Kalamazoo Civil Rights Activist and President of the Local Chapter of the NAACP

February 26
Dr. Leontine T. Kelly:  First African American Woman Bishop in the United Methodist Church?

2)  "Family Foundations" (Room 304)
The Family Foundations Class is for parents with young children seeking to enrich their spiritual life. We address the joys and challenges of parenthood as we explore contemporary issues through a discussion of books, videos, and online materials. The focus is on plugging young families into the fellowship and outreach opportunities at First Church, as well as creating an environment for young families to spend time together.