We believe we have been created and called to grow into who and how God wants us to be. We seek to nurture growth in all aspects of our being: mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, for we seek to love God with our minds, hearts, bodies, and souls.
Just as children go through different phases of childhood, adults go through different phases of adulthood. For the young adult, it can mean transition from high school to college to the work force. From there, it may proceed to marriage and possibly the birth of children. It is a sequence of new beginnings!
For the middle-aged adult, it can mean an assortment of transitions. Your children have grown to be teenagers or young adults. You may be caring for an aging parent and still taking care of children all at the same time. Career tracks may change and marital status may change. It is a sequence of challenges!
For the senior adult, it can mean a time of richness and rewards. Perhaps grandchildren have arrived or you may be enjoying retirement or both! Matters of health become a concern during this phase of adulthood. It is a sequence of changes!
A constant and abiding faith in God can sustain you in whatever phase of adulthood you are experiencing. At this point in your life, bible study is not confined to a book. It takes on new meaning by sharing your joys, sorrows, successes and failures with a compassionate and loving community. You will never outgrow the need for bible study and you will never outgrow the need for friendship.
Woodbrook offers Musikgarten's music and movement classes for children from birth to age six with their parent or caregiver. Musikgarten classes are carefully planned to meet the developmental needs of children and provide activities that bring families and communities together through joyful music-making.
Preschoolers and children are an important part of the body of Christ at Woodbrook. Their gifts and personalities add life and joy to our congregation. At Woodbrook, we take seriously the call to guide and teach preschoolers and children. We encourage the healthy growth of the whole child, through developmentally appropriate activities and experiences, in a warm and nurturing environment. We want children to gain a positive regard for themselves and others and to hear about God as One who creates and One who loves children. We seek to do this within our daily interactions with children and through the following programs which we offer:
Bible Study (infants through elementary school)
Involvement in Worship
Extended Session (infants through kindergarten)
Children's Choirs (graded choirs for three-year-olds through fifth grade)
The Latin for curriculum literally means to run, or a running course, or a race. At Woodbrook, our goal is to help people as they run the race of life, day-to-day, by providing resources and opportunities for faith nurturing and faith maturing experiences. We believe in a holistic approach in running the race involving the spiritual, mental, emotional, social and developmental aspects of each person. We want to nurture, challenge and equip people in their life journey by providing a foundation of faith and freedom. We want to enable people in their faith pilgrimage so one can continually say “Yes!” to Jesus’ urging, “Follow me.”
We have two adult classes that use Smyth & Helwys Sunday School curriculum. Two others use various sources to create their curriculum. For our youth and children, we write our own curriculum. Guided by professional teachers in the congregation, we celebrate the gifts of those who have invested in the idea that there is value in identifying what we want a child growing up at Woodbrook to know in terms of biblical literacy, church history, Baptist history and theology.
In Sunday School we are excited about the ways we can explore with your children/youth all the love and mysteries of God. We begin each Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. with our gathering time in the narthex (just outside the sanctuary) - a “set-aside” space that helps us remember that God is with us as we start the morning together. We then move to our classrooms where we continue to learn about God and God’s love for us through expanding the Bible Story and with age-appropriate learning experiences.
May 3: Gifts of the Spirit
May 10: Fruit of the Spirit
May 17: Seven in the Spirit (Deacons)
May 14: Pentecost
May 31: Philip and the Ethiopian
May 3: Job: When Everything Goes Wrong
May 10: Three Friends Who Were Faithful (Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego)
May 17: Daniel: Being Faithful
May 24: Esther: The Queen Who Saved Her People
May 31: Jonah
Rob Bell's Nooma Series
May 10: Gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:1-11)
May 17: The Spirit Creates One Body (1 Corinthians 12:14-31)
May 24: Gift of Languages (Acts 2:1-7, 12; 1 Corinthians 14:13-19)
May 31: The Greatest Gift is Love (1 Corinthians 13)
Will begin studying Stories of the Bible starting with The Creation Story.
(a.k.a. the troublemakers) is beginning an open-ended study ambiguously centered around the topic of the modern American Christian's understanding of and relationship with Islam. Class members are expected to obtain a copy of The Quran (paper or digital) and produce a meaningful project on the topic.The earliest assignment in this study will be to write down and share "Ten Things I Think I Know about Islam." The Roberts Class invites free thinkers and inquisitive pilgrims. ~ Clark Riley, "Temporary" Teacher (ask him about that ironic title)
will be finishing "The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life" by James Martin (we're about halfway through it now).
Led by Gail Evans this class is using a study called "From the Beginning to the End," and is an intermediate level course. We just started it (begins with God creating the world) earlier in March.
Typically in early August, Woodbrook offers a week of Vacation Bible School. Beginning on a Sunday and concluding Thursday, Woodbrook’s Vacation Bible School is offered from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. for preschoolers and elementary aged school children.
The Woodbrook Early Education center has served our community for over 20 years as a strong ministry of the church. Over 3,000 children have been given an outstanding early education, preparing them not only with the education skills required to enter kindergarten but also the social and emotional and spiritual confidence to travel through their school journey. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young children, the WEE center uses play based, age appropriate, and developmentally appropriate activities to engage children in joyful learning. Learn more at the WEE Center website.
The Women’s Ministry Group coordinates activities for women throughout the year. In the spring, grandmothers, mothers, and daughters anticipate the Annual Ladies’ Tea.
Prayerful Stitching is a regular time of conversation, fellowship, and stitching. This year, the Women’s Ministry Group is working with the Quilter’s Guild to provide prayer shawls for area hospitals, as well as for church members in need.
The Annual Fall Retreat over on the Eastern Shore is a treasured getaway that affords busy women a time of rest and prayer, reflection and good food and company.
Adolescence is a strange, wonderful, challenging time for our middle and high school students. Pressure from peers, society and sometimes families tell them they need to be some one or something other that who God has created them to be. Our goal at Woodbrook is to provide a "safe place" for youth to come, to have fun, and to be themselves - no strings attached. Respect for ourselves and of others is a high priority. We do all of this in the context of reaching for our ultimate goal of helping youth grow in a deeper love of God and therefore a deeper faith. We strive to do this in several venues:
Various of our members have found some of these resources helpful: