You are invited to Sunday School at the Waterford, starting March 15 and continuing on periodic Sundays thereafter.
Over the next few months, I plan to rent the clubhouse and cabana area of my neighborhood, the Waterford, in order to host periodic studies of Christian Doctrine, also known as Systematic Theology. Study will begin at 8:30 AM and conclude at 10:30 AM so that attendees are able to attend Sunday Morning worship services their local churches. A cookout and fellowship time will commence at 12:30 PM, after church worship services have concluded.
What will the format be like?
The format will be lecture-style and outlines will be provided. There will be a time for questions and answers. The format will be noticeably different than a typical church Sunday School class. Often, Sunday School classes provide canned denominational literature (ex: the LifeWay quarterly) that is presented by a “teacher” who is little more than facilitator of discussion. The purpose of Sunday School at the Waterford is to point attendees toward Jesus Christ, teach them the tenets of the Christian faith, and prepare them to defend it. Topics such as the Nature of God, Salvation, and Ecclesiology will be presented. At Sunday School at the Waterford, no one will read a Sunday School quarterly at you.
Is it okay to come late or leave early?
Yes. I realized 8:30 is early and I realize some people may want to get away earlier than 10:30 for church.
Is there a cost?
There is no cost for participants for food or Bible study. Bible can be provided at no cost with advance notice.
Are Children welcome?
Yes. This event is “family integrated.” While childcare will not be provided, parents are welcome to bring their children and learn with them. Often church Sunday Schools classes break individuals into groups by age, sex, or marital status. There is no biblical mandate for breaking into demographic groups for Sunday morning Bible study. People of all ages and states of life are welcome and there is no need for families to separate in order to learn about God. This event will be especially good for teenagers who are at risk of being offered watered-down Bible study curricula in youth groups.
Is this a Church Service or a Church
No. Sunday School at the Waterford is not a church or church plant. In no way is it intended to interfere with church attendance on Sunday morning. Attendees are encouraged to attend local churches after study is over. Sunday School at the Waterford is intended to provide sound, helpful Bible teaching to those who want to learn in a format that may not be available at local churches.
Do I need to dress up?
No. Some attendees may be dressed in their “Sunday best” to attend church later but you may dress in way that suits you. Clothing that can be worn for a neighborhood walk is appropriate.
Can non-Christians attend?
Non-Christians are encouraged to attend. It is my hope that Christians who don’t normally go to Sunday School or are seeking more substantial teaching will attend. However, it also my hope that non-Christians from the neighborhood who do not attend church will also find it convenient to walk over from their house without having to worry about “getting ready” for church or feeling out of place in a strange crowd. Again, Sunday School at the Waterford is in no way intended as a replacement for local church attendance or membership.
Who is behind this event?
There is no shortage of strange cults and aberrant Bible teachers out there. People are rightly suspicious of Bible study events held outside of local churches. Sunday School at the Waterford is a ministry of the Fellowship Baptist Church of Sidney, Montana. FBC is an orthodox protestant church and does not hold to any strange teachings or novel doctrines. I was trained for the gospel ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where I earned a Masters of Divinity in Christian Apologetics. I have a Christian podcast which can be found in iTunes or at ChristianCommute.com.
Inquiries should be directed to Geoffrey_dunn@yahoo.com. If you plan to attend on a given day, please contact me so that I will know how many outlines to prepare and how much food to buy.