Christian Education

“Keep my teachings as the apple of your eye.” Proverbs 7:2 (NRSV)

Adult Education

NPPC currently offers five adult Sunday school classes which meet on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

  • Disciples – The Disciples class studies the four Revised Common Lectionary texts for the current Sunday with a focus on the context of the passages, the implications of the original Hebrew and Greek languages, the history of how these passages have been interpreted by the church over the centuries, and some questions designed to lead into insights and appreciation for these scriptures. This class is led by class members and meets in Eastminster Hall. Contact: Ken Paxton, Sr:
  • Faith and Culture – The Faith and Culture Class seeks God at the intersection of our faith and the issues of everyday living. Its discussion format allows an honest and meaningful grappling with theology and modern society. Through studies of challenging and spirit-uplifting books and other media, we expand our knowledge and understanding of God and ask the question: How does our life impact our faith and vice versa? We support and encourage one another in works of service. Our view of God expands with every conversation. This group meets in Room 109 behind the Library. Contacts: Teal Willoughby – or Bill Savell –
  • Seekers of Seven – The Seekers cover a wide range of topics from the study of Scripture to books on theology, faith, and Christian responses to current issues. The class is taught by members and is primarily discussion-based. They meet in the Parlor. Contact: Cynthia Freeman –
  • Pathfinders – Pathfinders is a wide age group of 30s-50s who enjoy a conversation/discussion format. The class focuses on the relationship between Christian teachings, scripture, and current issues. Our curriculum transitions between book studies, lectionary-based studies, and faith-related current event publications like “The Wired Word”. The class meets in the newer wing of the church in room W-202. Contact Nick Bradford:
  • The Rest of Us – The Rest of Us class is a diverse group of adults – single, married, young children at home, grandchildren, lifelong Presbyterians, new Presbyterians, and those still seeking. Through discussion and study the class seeks to develop a faith that is active in our world. This class meets in room 206 on the third floor of the main building. Contact Walt Greene:

Youth Education

  • Youth Connection Sunday School – (9th to 12th grades) Senior High Sunday school meets every Sunday in the Youth Room (W-201) on the second floor of the New Westminster Wing during the Sunday school hour (10 a.m.). This year’s class will use a Spice Rack curriculum to study the Prophets of the Old Testament (that’s way more exciting than it sounds… I promise).
  • Confirmation – (9th grade) Confirmation is the class that prepares our youth to be fully functioning members of a PC(USA) church. They will learn about basic ideas of Reformed and Presbyterian theology, history of the church, and what faith means. This class will utilize a PC(USA) confirmation curriculum, and also travel to a few other churches, so that we can discuss different religious traditions.
  • iGroup Sunday School – (6th to 8th grades) This group meets on Sunday mornings during the Sunday school hour (10 a.m.) in room 219, upstairs in the education wing. They are currently studying the Feasting on the Word curriculum. Feasting on the Word is a lectionary-based curriculum, following the same schedule of scripture that NPPC usually preaches from, and lets this group “unpack” those lessons a little and reinforce what they are hearing in church.
  • Contact Louden Young, Associate Pastor for Emerging Generations and Mission (, 983-0182, ext. 109) for more information.

Children’s Education

Sunday School
Our goal is to provide a safe, creative, nurturing environment where children can experience God’s love and grow in their faith. Age-appropriate lessons and activities for children ages birth through fifth grade combine Bible study, art, music, drama, service, and recreation. Childcare is available through the preschool department for all church events. For more information on specific programs, contact Fairlena Googe, (, 983-0182 ext. 119), Interim Children’s Ministry Coordinator, for more information.
Preschool (Birth – 5 years)
• Childcare is available for the Sunday school hour for newborn through age 2 in the Preschool classrooms.
• Bible lessons are offered during the Sunday school hour for children ages 2-5.
P.E.A.K. (4th-5th grades)
• P.E.A.K. (Presbyterians Educating Awesome Kids) is our Wednesday afternoon program for children three years old through 3rd grade. Participants experience the wonders of God’s world through music, art, recreation, Bible study, worship education, and mission. P.E.A.K. meets on Wednesday afternoons, August through May, from 3:15-5:15 p.m.
Cloud 9
• Sunday School Classes – Grades 4 & 5 meet in Room 217 on the third floor.
• Cloud 9 – Cloud 9 is a Wednesday afternoon study and fellowship group from student in fourth and fifth grades. It meets Wednesdays from 3:15 – 5:15 p.m. in Room 217 from August through May. Cloud 9’ers participate in a variety of Bible study, art, recreation and mission activities.
Elementary (K – 5th grade)
• Children in Worship
o Welcome to Worship – Welcome to Worship is an eight-week study for rising kindergartners and their parents to prepare families for the children’s full participation in worship. The class meets during the Sunday school hour, during the months of August and September.
o After completing Welcome to Worship, kindergartners and all older children are encouraged to remain in the sanctuary to worship with their church family.
o Activity packets are available outside the education wing door for children to use during the worship service.
• Workshop Rotation Model Sunday School
o The Workshop Rotation Model Sunday School is offered for children in kindergarten through 3rd grade from 10:00-11:00 a.m. each Sunday on the third floor of the education building. Based on Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory, this model incorporates various learning styles to teach the stories of the Old and New Testaments. Workshops include Temple, Art, Music and Movement and Multimedia.
• Contact Fairlena Googe, (, 983-0182 ext. 119), Interim Children’s Ministry Coordinator, for more information.
• Interested in Teaching?
o K-1st grade:
o 2nd – 3rd grade:
o Cloud 9 (4th & 5th grade):

Presbyterians 101

Who are we Presbyterians? As far back as 1837 the General Assembly declared that the church, by its very nature, is a missionary society whose purpose is to share the love of God in Jesus Christ in word and deed and with all the world. Learn more about the history of the PC(USA) in this short summary of who we are and what makes us different.

Joining NPPC

If you have been visiting with us at New Providence and are thinking about joining or would just like to know more about us, please come to our next Inquirers’ class. Those who wish to join the church after completing the Inquirers’ class will be received by Session and introduced to the congregation.

During the class, you will learn about our church and will also have the opportunity to visit with our pastors, some of our members and other potential new members. We would appreciate hearing from you if you plan on attending. Please call the church office at 983-0182.

Inquirers’ classes are offered several times each year, last for four weeks and are held on Sunday mornings from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel.

Want To Use Our Facilities?

The Church exists for the glory of God and for service to humankind. As a part of our effort to reach out to our members and to the larger community in Christian love, our facilities are available to both members and non-members for worship, teaching, and witnessing to the Gospel and for activities that are in keeping with the mission of the church.

Have questions or concerns? Want to talk to a pastor or staff member?