GPC believes that education is central to the faith of its members.
We believe that our faith in Christ is a gift from God, and that God has given us the ability and the desire to understand that faith. That is not to say that our understanding is optional. Rather, the gift of faith gives us the freedom and the responsibility to participate in thoughtful engagement with our church and our world. Therefore, the mission of Christian Education at GPC is to provide a basis for understanding Scripture and the reformed faith, as well as opportunities to look critically at that faith and at the world we live in.
Our Associate Pastor Rachel Vaagenes leads many of these programs, with the help of Rev. Murray, the Adult and Children’s Ministry committees, parents, and teacher volunteers, among others. As a body we strive to bring the light of understanding to our faith in Christ.
We offer a variety of opportunities for education for different ages. Find out more by clicking an age group below.
MIDWEEK SUMMER SERIES
Regular Christian Education programming takes a break for summer, but if you just can’t get enough, check out the calendar to see what we’re offering over the summer. Past series have included “Theology 101: a Walk-through of the Apostles’ Creed;” “Big Questions” (crowd-sourced from the congregation); and “Wild Characters of the Old Testament,” featuring lesser known prophets, women judges, and wild things.
ADVENT AND LENT PROGRAMMING
Every year we prepare our hearts and minds for Christmas and Easter with a series of studies and services during the liturgical seasons of Advent (December) and Lent (Winter/Spring). These lectures bring a mix of intellectual stimulation and spiritual reflection to the celebration of these holy seasons in the church calendar.
GPC ANNUAL PREACHers SERIES
Inaugurated in 2013, The Georgetown Presbyterian Church’s Guest Preacher Weekend seeks to offer spiritual and intellectual enrichment, hospitality and fellowship to our church community and our friends and neighbors in the Washington, DC area.
In September 2013, we proudly welcomed the Rev. Dr. John M. Buchanan, editor of The Christian Century and a respected leader of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), as our inaugural speaker. Dr. Buchanan offered reflections on the continuing role of the church in the world and on recent developments in the Mainline Protestant movement. In February 2015 we welcomed our second preacher, Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, who spoke to us about the importance of telling our faith stories and making intergenerational connections in our congregations. She highlighted the risk that many of our young people in churches believe less in Christianity than they do in a Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.
REFORMED INSTITUTE OF WASHINGTON
GPC is a founding member of the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington, a collaborative project of many local churches that brings Reformed theology and tradition into dialogue with the issues and needs of our time. The Reformed Institute hosts and coordinates a number of events each year in the DC Metro area, including semi-annual events for young adult Christians.
Keep an eye on the Calendar for more information.
WESLEY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY CHINESE PASTORAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP
We’re excited to support a cohort of Chinese pastors as they enagage in a two-year training program at Wesley Seminary. Please support them in prayer as they take English language classes, and look forward to welcoming Pastor Timothy to GPC later on as an intern—as we learn together.