Wednesdays, August 14, 21, 28

We are kicking off the new school year with Equip Classes for all ages. Equip Classes are a series of three-week, short courses that are designed to equip you to live out your faith in your daily life. Equip Classes will be on Wednesdays, August 14, 21, 28. A meal will be served at 5:30 PM and classes will run from 6-7:00 PM. Nursery provided up to age five. 

Registration opens July 28. To help cover meal and program expenses, a donation of $30 is suggested, but not required. Our main goal is for these practice teachings to be accessible to everyone, but, they will NOT be live-streamed so mark your calendars and plan to be there! 

August 2019 Classes

Equip: My Life, Faith, and Work

Led by: Chris McAlilly

Location: Traditional Sanctuary

This class is for people struggling to figure out how life, faith and work connect.  We’ll return to basic questions of Christian discipleship: what is the gospel? What is the kingdom of God? How do I fit into what God is doing in the world? How does my faith in Jesus impact the way I work and live? If you have a hard time translating your faith on Sunday to your life on Monday, this is a good choice for you.

Equip: Finding Hope in Death and Grief

Led by: Warren Black, Barbara Camp, Patti Sanders

Location: Room 227

This class is for youth and adults of all ages who are living with the reality of death and grief. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you may have found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. Death can create confusion, questions, doubts, and isolation. Support and resources will be provided so that you don’t have to face grief alone. 

Equip: Caring for Aging Parents

Led by: Dr. Jo Ann O’Quin, Clinical Psychologist, &  Beth Spencer

Location: Room 214

Choosing the best care for aging parents and relatives can be a complex and daunting task, both for the caregiver and for our loved ones. This class will provide resources to help you make better informed and faithful decisions about your family’s future, gain insight into medical and legal options, and provide strategies for difficult, but necessary, conversations. 

Equip: The Tech-Wise Family

Led by: Eddie Rester

Location: Wesley Hall

Making good choices about technology in our families is very difficult and we are all struggling to figure out the best way to do it. How do Christians, particularly Christian parents, use technology in healthy ways for our children and ourselves? This class will engage Andy Crouch’s book The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place. It will give you some new ways to think about building good habits that foster character, wisdom, and courage in your family. 

Equip: Tween Talk

Led by: Meghan R. Anderson, licensed professional counselor

Location: Room 226

“Tween” is a term that refers to kids ages 8-12 because they are in an “in-between” phase of life. This workshop is designed to help you help your tween navigate the challenges, struggles, and pressures of the “tween” years through discussion of stress, anxiety, mental health, coping and communication skills. 

Equip: Prayer for Children

Led by: Rev. Karie Sue McCaleb, ordained deacon in the UMC with over a decade of children’s and family ministry experience, and mother of two tweens (ages 9 and 11). 

Location: Drop-off & Pick-Up in Modern Sanctuary, breakout sessions will be in the upstairs Children’s Wing

The coming new school year means a fresh start for families! OU Kids Equip Class will offer three weeks to dig deeper and discover what it means to “pray without ceasing” in fun and practical ways they can use everyday. They will learn how praying is one the easiest ways to experience a full relationship with God, family and friends. Students entering K-6th grade are welcome to come worship, play AND PRAY together! 

Equip: Prayer for Youth

Led by: Jonathan Hester

Location: Youth Center

Prayer is hard! There are serious theological, moral, and philosophical questions that begin in adolescence and continue through adulthood that make a life of prayer challenging. These three weeks will help you think through some questions that make prayer difficult, introduce you to some new ways to pray, and empower you to be confident in the importance and power of prayer nonetheless.