Christian Education

Seeds of faith can’t grow unless they are watered! God has called us to be Disciples of Christ and opportunities abound at Forest Hills Presbyterian to grow in faith in God and encourage us in our Christian walk. We offer a variety of Bible studies, Sunday school classes and seasonal studies.

SUNDAYS
We offer Sunday school classes for children and adults at 9:15 a.m. in the classrooms located in the U-shaped building behind the chapel.
All of our children’s teachers and volunteers have completed our Child Protection Policy training course and a background check. Most of our teachers are current or retired educators from Hillsborough County schools. Our classes offer age-appropriate Bible lessons and are designed to help our children learn about God and how to put their faith into practice in daily life.

K-5 – Our primary class meets in room 13/14 with George and Marcia Suter and Kelli Rivera. Children learn Bible lessons through stories and games, using Cokesbury’s Deep Blue curriculum.

6-12 – Middle and high school students meet in room 4 with Barbara Lien and Karen Zinszer to delve deeper into what it means to be a Christian in today’s society. They use the Claim the Life curriculum.

Nursery – Betty Mullis, our nursery coordinator, teaches lessons using the Wee Children at Church curriculum during worship at 10:30 a.m.

Adults – The Wired Word meets in room 1 and discusses current events from a Christian perspective using scripture and introspective questions. Class members receive the lessons via email each week and a rotation of teachers leads the discussion.

Over the Cup meets in room 15 and uses DVD curriculums and discussion to learn how to follow Jesus and apply our faith to daily life. No advance preparation or homework required. Jennifer Ghodsi leads the class.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH
Children’s church is available for children kindergarten through 5th grade. Children are escorted from worship to Larrick Hall for age-appropriate Bible lessons, games and crafts. Fun, faith and friendship is nurtured here! Children’s church is coordinated by Jennifer Gregory, Val Weeks and a team of dedicated volunteers.

YOUTH GROUP
Youth group for kids in grades 6-12 is held Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in our youth room, located between our chapel and craft cottage. New Direction Youth Ministries exists to honor God by introducing students to Jesus Christ, connecting them with other Christians, and teaching them to love God and others, to grow in Christ and community, and to reach their neighbors and the nations. At youth group, teens worship, play games and learn about God using Bible-based lessons.

WOMEN
Presbyterian Women sponsors monthly Bible studies for women September through May. Women can attend any of three different small groups or “circles” that meet during the day or evening. The University Circle meets at University Village the third Thursday at 1 p.m. The Peace Circle meets the fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. on our church campus. The Harmony Circle meets the fourth Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. on campus. For more information about these studies and locations, call the church office (813) 932-6149.

MEN
Our men’s breakfast group meets the first Tuesday of every month for Bible study and fellowship at 6:30 a.m. at Mama’s Kitchen at 9312 N. Florida Avenue. Reg Dickey is the group coordinator.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS
Join us for family-friendly meals and special programs every Wednesday beginning at 5:45 p.m. in Larrick Hall. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. Several times a year, Pastor Claudia Henderson leads the program with a Bible study series or book study.

EASTER AND CHRISTMAS CAMPS
Offered for children in grades K-5, these special camps are held in the weeks leading up to Easter and Christmas on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. These popular camps feature special activities, lessons and crafts that focus on the Christian meaning of each season.

SEASONAL STUDIES
We offer short-term classes and Bible studies at various times during the year, including Lent, Advent and summer time when our regular classes are on break.