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.
Fall Worship Theme
Preparing for the 500 Anniversary
of the Protestant Reformation
The Reformation significantly impacted the formation of Western civilization. The questions the Reformers raised remain deeply relevant today: freedom of conscience, acceptance of diversity, individualism, the relationship between church and state, equality of all people, institutionalized relief for the poor, literacy and universal education, and the importance of public discourse. The Reformation also had a dark side, one that fostered suspicion and conflict between the protesting factions, but out of this crucible, the modern Western world was born.
As we prepare to celebrate the 500 Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, our Sunday worship themes will explore some of the issues raised by the Reformers and how our life and faith have been impacted by the debates of the past.
September 17 – Christian Education Sunday
Scripture: Story, Guide, or Authority?
The Power of Words
October 1 – World Communion Sunday
Hostility, Suspicion and the Quest for Unity
Love, Sex, and the Family of God
What’s God Got to Do with It?
October 29 – Reformation Sunday
Reformed and Always Reforming
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.
THE PROTESTANT REVOLT
Adult Education Program
Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m.
In the Beck Room
A simple act, it was the work of a few moments, but it triggered an epic era of political and religious convulsions that changed the shape of Europe. On October 31, 1517, a monk named Martin Luther walked to a church in the German town of Wittenberg and nailed his 95 theses to its wooden doors, lighting the fuse of the Reformation.
As we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, join Bruce Miller and Pastor Janet for an introduction to the major players and a survey of the socio-religious dynamics of the Reformation and how they affect what we believe and practice today.
Hopes and Fears: A Fuse Awaiting a Flame
God’s Volcano: Martin Luther
Soldiers, Sausages, and Revolution:
Ulrich Zwingli and the Radical Reformers
After Darkness, Light: John Calvin
A Mighty Weakness: John Knox
Burning Passion: The British Secession
The Reformation Legacies
Join us each Sunday morning beginning September 17 as we start each Sunday morning exploring the gifts of God through the arts! The first 20 minutes of our Sunday School is dedicated to growing in our faith through creativity and the arts.
September 17- October 22: Elementary age students can learn to play handchimes, led by Steve Henley, Minister of Music
October 29 – November 19: children and youth join resident artists in a hands-on art workshop
November 26- December 17: children and youth will sing and act as we participate in retelling the Nativity story, led by Bruce Miller
Preschool Sunday School
Each Sunday our children will learn Bible studies that follow the church calendar, learning about God’s love in their lives and how to live their faith in the world. Through fun activities, prayer, and singing, children will gather in God’s grace and learn to respond joyfully in gratitude. Our preschool teachers are: Elaine Kasten and Becky Bullock.
Elementary Sunday School
We are excited about our new curriculum that teaches the stories of God’s love from our Scriptures and teaching children how they can live their faith in the world. Our elementary school teachers are: Elaine Augburn and Linda Jackson.
Middle School and High School Classes Our Middle School and High School classes will explore God’s grace through conversation and dialog around faith questions asked by Youth. We will begin the year talking about Jesus, “Who is Jesus?” “How is Jesus God?” and “What makes Jesus so great?”.
How do we raise children of faith, hope, compassion, reconciliation and courage in these times? Join Rev. Lauren Ramseur and others as we discuss parenting from a faith perspective and dive into the challenging questions that face us. We’ll be tackling a variety of relevant issues, with discussions following Ted talks, articles and engaging scripture. This is for parents for children at all stages and you may join the class for all sessions or one session. Free childcare will be provided in our Sunday school program and nursery for children and youth.