sunday school news

Need for Sunday School class helpers

In order to provide a safe and secure learning environment for children and youth at RRPC we are in need of volunteers to be helpers in the children’s Sunday School classes. Helpers will not be asked to teach but will assist students as needed. Classes are Godly Play (age 4 – Grade 2), Advanced Godly Play (Grades 3-5), Middle School (grades 6-8), and High School (grades 9-12). If you are willing to help fill this need, please contact Sharon Vanpelt.

Godly Play Teachers Needed

Godly Play needs more teachers Both of our Godly Play Sunday School classes are going well. These classes provide time for children to engage in scripture stories and experience them as part of the whole collective of the Bible. We are blessed with a group of leaders committed to this program. We are also in need of more adults to help teach these classes, especially grades 3-5. If you are interested in teaching Godly Play, please contact Sharon Vanpelt or JD McNutt

Godly Play

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

What is Godly Play?

Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. CLICK HERE for more information on Godly Play. 

Come join us!

Room 203


Children's Sunday School Class - Grades 3-5

Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 have the chance to grow their faith with us every Sunday morning. We follow a curriculum called Grow, Proclaim, Serve which is designed for older elementary aged students. Teachers lead students in scripture reading, prayer, discussion, and craft activities surrounding Bible stories from the Old and New Testament. Come enjoy our time together (in our cushy bean bag chairs) getting closer to God!

Room 215

Faith builders

The Faithbuilders class is a group of adults who have children or youth in their lives. They will select the topics of study and the first study will focus on parenting issues. 

The class meets in Room 215 on the upper floor of the Fellowship Hall building, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

We have had great response to the new Faithbuilders Sunday School class. The class chose the book  Home Grown by Karen DeBoer for their first study. This class is planned to allow folks to jump in and out as their teaching schedules and family obligations dictate, so each class is a new lesson. If you are a parent and have not yet tried out this class, come on!

Room 215


a.k.a.  conversations in faith

a.k.a. God's island of misfit toys

Young Adult/Adult/Senior Sunday School Class

The Seekers class is an exciting, interactive opportunity for adults to explore God’s word. Biblical passages with key messages are skillfully outlined by a class leader, who frequently provides helpful historical context for the passages. Participants in the class are then encouraged to share the application of those messages to particular situations and previous experiences that they have had, as a means of gaining personal insight and enhancing relationships with God. We are currently following the curriculum of The Present Word.

We are a very welcoming group, comprised of adults from all walks of life; in fact, we have been self-characterized as “God’s Island of Misfit Toys.” 

We look forward to having you join us!

Room 216

The Discovery class

Young Adult/Adult/Senior Sunday School Class

The Discovery Class is open to all adults. The class is made up of couples, singles, and spouses of people who are teaching other classes. Class participation is welcome, but no one is ever pressured to participate in discussion. The members of the Discovery Class like to explore various topics. We are not ties to a curriculum that dictates a schedule. We choose books and materials that interest us, and we work through each study at our own pace.

We recently studied the Apostles’ Creed and The Lord’s Prayer – phrase-by-phrase. Other subjects we have studied include the parables of Jesus, the writings of Desmond Tutu, a variety of topics using The Thoughtful Christian literature, and we took a critical look at the TV series titles “The Bible.” Through several of Phillip Keller’s books we have gained a better understanding of Jesus Christ as our Shepherd and of ourselves as His sheep as we learned more about the dedication, compassion, and love a shepherd has for his sheep.

This is a class where politics is left at the door, so no one is made to feel uncomfortable.

Our current and upcoming studies are publicized in the church bulletin and newsletter. People are welcome to come to this class for a particular study that appeals to them and then return to another Sunday School class, if they so desire. We look forward to you joining our class. 

---The Discovery Class

Room 218

Current Study Guide:  A Gardener Looks at the Fruits of the Spirit by W. Phillip Keller. 

The class has studied several books by this layman and found them easy from which to glean how we can walk closer to God.  Part 1 of this book is based on the parable of the sower and the types of soil/hearts of humans. Part 2 looks at the Fruits of the Spirit as named in 1 Cor. 13 and Galatians 5.   A book is not required to join our class.

Questions? Please contact Marie Morrison at 704-455-2487/


Adult/Senior Sunday School Class

The foundation of the class is the study of Sunday school lessons/scripture passages found in the International Sunday School Lessons quarterlies. The class is conducted by a team of five teachers who are experienced and well-grounded in the biblical truths of the Bible. Class discussions of lesson materials are strongly encouraged, with members often participating as a whole. Various lesson themes are as follows: growing in one’s love for others, trusting in Jesus, understanding the nature of God, relating to the apostles of the Bible, exploring the wisdom of the prophets, assessing the meaning of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives, defining the concept of ministering to believers, and the significance of witnessing to non-believers.

The Adult Men’s and Women’s Bible Class cordially welcomes anyone who is interested in attending the class.

Room 101


Adult/Senior Sunday School Class

The Faith In Action Sunday school Class at Rocky River has a membership of men and women who study the Bible using the Uniform curriculum study published by the Presbyterian Church. This class is taught by a variety of lay persons who alternate teaching Sundays. This class is attended by adults of all ages. 

Another function of this class is to help persons who need help financially and spiritually.  Each Sunday, the class matches the Sunday School offering with an additional offering and prayers that help provide the funding for needy projects.

In previous years, this class has assisted needy college students, victims of fire loss, anonymous help with fuel, electric, medical bills and many other projects. This class has also helped with the cost of mailing of food coupons for our armed forces families across the world. 

The Faith in Action Class welcomes additional members, at all times. Assistance with project information is appreciated from all persons at any time. 

Questions?  Contact Carol and Jim Lyerly for more information:

Room 214