Our mission and ministry flows out of our worship. Each Sunday, we gather to worship with reverence, relevance, openness, and joy. Bon Air is a family friendly church and children are welcomed in worship. Activity bags are available for children from an usher. Childcare for infants through two year olds is available in our nursery. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month and other feast days and special occasions. All baptized persons are welcome at the Lord’s Table.
Music is an import part of our worship. We sing God’s praises and enter into God’s presence with wonder and thanksgiving. Our choir and bell choir lead us at the 11:00 a.m. service.
SUNDAY MORNINGS at BAPC
(Beginning January 6)
8:30 a.m. Sabbath Worship Service with Communion
9:45 a.m. Sunday School for All Ages
Preschool—Music and experiential learning about God’s love
Elementary—”Learn to Love Like God” (Storyteller Room)
Youth—”Faith Questions” – (Youth Room)
Adults “What Are You Seeking: Gathering Insights” (Beck Room)
11:00 p.m. Classic Worship Celebration
Coffee and Fellowship in the Garden Room following each worship service.
8:30 Sabbath Worship
This service will include the elements of the Classic Worship service with the addition of weekly communion and special music. It will offer the smaller group of worshippers the opportunity to gather as a community in prayer, reflection, and familiar hymns. The same scripture and sermon presented in the Classic service will be presented in the Sabbath service.
Worshippers are invited to gather in silent reflection ass they enter the sanctuary. The Prelude will begin at 8:25 to offer those present quiet music to assist in preparing for worship. Those who would like to visit with friends before worship are welcome to meet in the Garden Room. A bell will be rung at 8:25 to encourage those in the Garden Room to come to the sanctuary for worship.
9:45 Christian Education Hour
Preschoolers meet in the Block Room of the Preschool for Music and experiential learning about God’s love
Elementary meet in the Storyteller Room for Learn to Love Like God.
Youth meet in the youth room for “Faith Questions.”
Adults meet in the Beck Room for “What Are You Seeking: Gathering Insights:.
11:00 Classic Worship
Join us as we worship the living God through liturgy, music, preaching and sacraments. We glorify God, celebrate God’s gifts to us, and listen for God’s voice as we worship together. Our Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir lead us in expressing our faith through music. Communion will be served the first Sunday of each month.
Young children are welcome to join us for worship through the “Conversations with Children” and then may stay with their families in worship or leave for “Godly Play.”
Child care is available in our new Nursery Room throughout the morning for infants through 3 year olds.
The mission of our Christian Education program is to support spiritual growth by providing relevant educational experiences that open our hearts and minds to the joy of life in Christ. Education programs are offered on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. for children, youth and adults.
Adult Education – The goals of adult education are to foster spiritual growth and increase fellowship, in small group settings, where a variety of opportunities are provided to explore scripture, history, theological diversity and contemporary issues while respecting and nurturing faith and reaching out to the community to gain connectedness.
Children and Youth – Our Christian Education classes are designed to help children and youth discover their faith, develop a personal relationship with Jesus, and demonstrate God’s love to the world.
Enrichment Program – After the “Children’s Conversation” during the 11:00 worship hour, young children are invited to a special program with stories, crafts, and fun.
Youth Fellowship – PYC (Presbyterian Youth Connection) In addition to the Sunday School opportunity, the youth at BAPC can participate in a weekly youth program that includes social activities, service projects, seasonal retreats and camp (Camp Hanover, Montreat, and Massanetta).
Confirmation Class- As numbers and age warrant, Bon Air offers young people an opportunity to become full members of the church family by completing a nineteen week confirmation class which teaches them about the responsibilities and meaning of church membership.
Adult Sunday School- January 2019
What Are You Seeking?
Just as the Magi stopped and sought direction during their journey, the Adult Christian Education Committee will be doing the same. Please join us in January for a season of Gathering Insights.
Adult Christian Education strives to support the overall ministry of Bon Air Presbyterian Church—“Seeking & Serving Christ to make a difference.”
The Committee does this by offering experiences and classes to encourage continual spiritual transformation and lifelong learning.
At BAPC, Sunday school and the Lenten small group studies may immediately come to mind as examples. Yet, potential opportunities exist. Such opportunities may be planned for any day of the week, as well as onsite or outside the church building. It could also occur on social media.
Whether you are a regular CE attendee, a seasonal joiner, or someone who has not yet participated, your contributions will be a key component for well-informed Gathering Insights process.
The Sunday morning sessions will be led by Rev. Carol Pierson with support from the Adult CE Committee. The sessions will be held during Sunday School (9:45 am) in the Beck Room on January 6, 13, 20, & 27.
A recap of each session will be posted online on Facebook. To join the Facebook group, search for “Gathering Insights Adult Education at BAPC” in the search bar and send a request to join.
Adult Sunday School – February 2019
During the month of February, Bruce Miller will lead us in a study of Timothy. Timothy was the recipient, not the author, of 1st and 2nd Timothy. He was the co-author of 2nd Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, and Philemon. He and Paul were close friends (Paul wrote to the Philippians, “I have no one like him.”). When Paul was in prison and awaiting martyrdom, he summoned Timothy for a last farewell. Plan now to attend and learn more about Timothy.
Lenten Study – Small-Group Study – Beginning in March 2019
Mark your calendars now to participate in our 2019 Lenten Study. We will study the book, Which Way Lord? Exploring Your Life’s Purpose in the Journeys of Paul by Rob Fuquay. Paul spent many years preparing for his ministry. He endured many challenges during his life. Paul redefined his understanding of faith and God’s purpose in his life. Join us as we strive to understand God’s desire for our lives as we study Paul’s life experiences. Books will go on sale in February.
PRESCHOOLERS-BEGIN THE YEAR WITH MUSIC! Join Ms. Barbara for music and music games on Sunday mornings at 9:45am beginning January 6th, followed by creative exploration of learning about God’s Love in Sunday School with our fabulous Ms. Elaine!
HEY KIDS – Another chance to ring those chimes! Mr. Henley will again be leading our children ages 5-10 in hand chime ringing at the beginning of the Sunday school hour, starting January 13, at 9:45 a.m. No experience is necessary. We will play music and have time together for spiritual information and Bible study. Put on your brilliant tie-dyed gloves and join the fun.
Youth Calendar— January
Sunday, January 13, 9:45 a.m. – Join us for waffles as we plan our events for this spring and summer. Learn about Montreat Youth Conference and our summer mission trip.
Sunday, February 3 — Souper Bowl of Caring Collection
Sunday, February 10, 3:00 p.m. – Prepare Heaven’s Kitchen Fundraiser Dinner