Sunday School (Under the What We Do tab)
Lynnhurst has a lot of fun during the Sunday School hour. Don't picture boring classrooms with scripted
"Jesus answers!" Instead imagine full-sensory engagement for the kids, fresh and relevant dialogue for
the young adults, and questions about cultural transition for the others. We see this forty-five minutes
on Sunday mornings as space that offers lasting friendships while we explore together sacred texts,
short films, or social hot topics, just to name a few. Basically, Sunday School at Lynnhurst is a touch-
point of support for the rest of your week.
Another UCC pastor from Massachusetts (link that phrase to this site www.firstchurchsomerville.org )
once wrote this, " Spiritual formation is about our relationship with God, about learning what it might
mean to be a follower of Jesus, about learning to deal with anxiety and worry/vocational
questions/money/sex/relationships/parenting/etc. in a holy way. It is giving people the right shoes and
gear to take their spiritual journey to a new level." Lynnhurst agrees.
Child and Teen
Lynnhurst kids spend about an hour each Sunday after worship, 11:00am-12:00pm together walking A
Joyful Path. This unique curriculum invites young people to use all five of their senses (taste, touch,
sight, hearing, and smell) to experience the divine world that surrounds all of us. With a contemporary
story from a secular saint or an ancient parable from a sacred prophet, the children learn through daily
affirmations--a simple sentence that equips them to grow up secure in their identity as a beloved child
of a compassionate Creator. You can experience more about our education approach here. (link the
word "here" to this site: http://progressivechristianity.org/childrens-curriculum/)
Sunshine Class (Ages 4-6)
Linda Murrell, Teacher
Jennifer Day, Assistant
Wisdom Lab (Ages 7-11)
Jessica Conatser and Eva Warren, Teachers
Brent Conatser and Kathryn Matheny, Assistants
Youth (Ages 12-18)
Richard Sandage, Teacher
The Youth (middle and high school) work hard to keep their time together relevant to life in school,
dealing with parents and siblings, and how to live with balance while seeking God's presence in the
midst of the ordinary.
Tyler Mayfield, Teacher
The Young Adults welcome anyone who is 20 - 50(ish) to this (almost) weekly group where seminarians,
young professionals, singles and parents, politicians and skeptics consider broader-brush questions like
"Why is Sunday morning still the most segregated hour in America?" or "What should we be asking and
learning of other religions?" "Who says sacred experiences can only happen at church?" Basically we
cover current events, TED Talks, religious pluralism, and the Bible...sometimes all in one class.
Danny Hargrave, Teacher
The Joy class is for you Baby Boomers who wonder why your children are not as interested in traditional
forms of church. This group follows the Revised Common Lectionary with the curriculum published by
the United Church of Christ. It is progressive dialogue about engaging poverty, racial tensions, and
materialism, for example.
Karen Compton, Teacher
The Christian Builders focus their time on current events and hot-topic issues in our contemporary world
in order to consider what it means to engage our planet and our neighbors faithfully, compassionately,
and with generosity.
Regina Weedman, Class President
Myra Smith, Class Secretary
Mabel Sprowles, Teacher
The Co-ed class engages a weekly Bible study with lots of conversation and important questioning as
they relate to the later stages of life.