Adults at wilshire
Lifelong learners. Lifelong connections.
If you didn’t grow up Baptist, you might think Sunday School is only for children. Not so. Wilshire is a community of lifelong learners, and we offer a thriving adult Sunday School program — what some other churches might call small groups. Most classes are organized loosely around age, but some are intergenerational, and you’re welcome to attend any class. Most classes get together for social events several times a year. We encourage you to try various classes until you find the perfect fit. See the class descriptions below or visit our Welcome Center in James Gallery on Sundays starting at 9:30 a.m. Classes start at 9:45.
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This intergenerational class, though predominantly senior adults, is an easy entry point for those new to Wilshire or to adult Sunday School. Taught by Mark Wingfield, former associate pastor. Discovery Class is livestreamed in its Facebook group, “Wilshire Discovery Class.”
Intersection Class is made up of adults from college age through mid-20s.
Ithaka is a mix of single and married young adults in their 20s and 30s.
This class of young professional singles and couples often finds ways to connect beyond Sunday mornings.
Comprised of adults in their 30s to early 40s, Labyrinth values social events beyond Sunday mornings.
Adults mostly in their 40s and 50s, Avodah studies a range of topics, from the theology of money to the theology of U2.
Mostly couples in their late 30s to early 50s with preschoolers to high schoolers, Genesis tackles Bible study, Christian history and contemporary issues.
These adults in their 40s and 50s engage with Scripture through short-term studies.
Journey is made up of adults in their 4os and 50s, many of whom are parents to teens or college-aged kids. Some are newly empty-nesters. Studies combine Scripture and a desire to apply biblical principles to daily life.
This group of single and married adults sees faith as a journey, not a destination.
Designed to center the experiences of our LGBTQ+ members and guests, although allies are welcome. Class members share their spiritual journeys related to the church and their own sexual orientation or gender identity, or that of family members and friends. The class is a combination of Bible study and discussion.
Mostly adults in their 50s and 60s, but some younger, some older, some married, some single, some with children, some without. Values respectful discussion of theology, ideas, and how God is working and wants us to work in the world.
Foundations of Faith
This intergenerational class engages with Scripture in a broad and holistic way.
Cord of Three
Adults, mainly in their 60s and 70s, with a vision for developing caring relationships, participating in stimulating Bible study and lively discussion.
Women’s Bible Class
A class for women, married or single, who want to establish relationships to support each other and study the Bible as it applies to everyday life.
Room 3211 | Zoom option
Adults in their 60s and 70s. BEST stands for Boomers Encouraging and Studying Together. Many have retired and remain fully engaged in church and community.
Room 3201 | Zoom option
An in-depth study of the books of the Bible, typically alternating between the Old and New Testament. Teacher Joe Haag selects a commentary to accompany each book studied, adding theological, historical and cultural context along the way.
Couples and singles in their 70s and 80s with diverse life experiences.
Room 3103 | Zoom
Adults ranging in age from 70s to 80s. Enjoy lively discussion on almost every issue. A mix of Bible study and topical studies.
Adults in their 70s to 90s. Lessons based on the books of the Bible and Bible commentary lead to spirited group discussion.
For guests & new members:
The monthly Wilshire Welcome class helps guests and new members quickly learn what Wilshire is all about. Topics include our philosophy of worship, Bible study options on Sunday mornings and during the week, mission and advocacy partners and ways Wilshire serves in the community and beyond. The class meets during Sunday School in the Prayer Room once a month. Contact: Carolyn Murray.
Time with Tim is a chance for guests and new members to meet and talk with Senior Pastor Timothy Peoples. These informal sessions are held about once a month, usually during Sunday School. Contact: Carolyn Murray.