Adult Programs

Cherry Hill offers a variety of study opportunities for adults.

                                        SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY                                                                              Beginning Sunday, September 15                                            12:00 Noon  – Chapel Parlor

Starting on September 15 ,  Dr. John Whitfield will be teaching a new adult class on…wait for it…LEVITICUS! For years many Christians have pretty much ignored the teachings of Leviticus, with all its rules about what animals are to be considered “clean” and can be eaten and which are “unclean” and must be avoided, issues about skin diseases, and mold on the walls of one’s house, the color and type of mold, etc, etc, etc. There is alot of instruction about what kind of sacrifice to offer God for one’s sin, but Jews have not practiced most of the law concerning sacrifice  since the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD.  To modern Christians the law in Leviticus seems so archaic and even obsolete, especially in light of the revelation of Christ. However, in her book, “Leviticus as Literature,” by Dr. Mary Douglas writes,                                                                                                                                                                        Leviticus is usually put into a kind of glass cabinet: it can be looked at, respected, and wondered at, but the real heart of the religion is presumed to be found in other parts of the Bible, especially Genesis, Exodus and Deuteronomy, and the writings of the psalmists and prophets. The tradition does Leviticus wrong. This study’s aim is to reintegrate the book with the rest of the Bible. Read in the perspective of anthropology the food laws of Moses are not expressions of squeamishness about dirty animals and invasive insects. The purity rules for sex and leprosy are not examples of priestly prurience. The religion of Leviticus turns out to be not very different from that of the prophets which demanded humble and contrite hearts, or from the psalmists’ love of the house of God.

 Dr. Douglas delves into the history, structure and meaning of the material that comprises Leviticus, and her take is fascinating. So, you are invited to join us on September 15 at 12: 00 Noon in Chapel Parlor as we begin  an interesting study of a much neglected book!

                                            MONDAY AFTERNOON STUDY GROUP                                       BEGINS SEPTEMBER 9 – 3:00 pm

            After a summer break, our Monday afternoon study group will resume this month using a new study on the life of the Prophet Elijah by author and conference speaker Melissa Spoelstra.                                                                                                                                                                  Life is like a rollercoaster. One day everything seems good, and the next day everything can be falling apart. We need spiritual stamina in order to keep going through all the ups and downs. The Old Testament Prophet Elijah did too. In this six week study grounded in First and Second Kings, author Melissa Spoelstra leads us in examining the life of the prophet Elijah, an ordinary man who did extraordinary things for God in the midst of the highs and lows of life. We’ll learn some of the spiritual stamina secrets which helped him to hold on and persevere in faith, including habits related to prayer, choices, soul care, surrendering, mentoring, and leaving a lasting legacy. Whether you’re currently in a mountaintop season, a valley season, or somewhere in between, Elijah’s life will inspire you as we discover that he doubted and struggled just as we do and yet chose to believe God. Together, we will grow in faith and develop spiritual stamina that will enable us not only to survive but thrive in every season.                                                                                                                                                                          The class meets on Monday afternoons at 3:00 in chapel parlor. Copies of the workbook for the class are available from Rev. Mark Phillips at $10.00 per copy.

                                               PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN                                                                         There are two women’s bible study circles, Pikeville Circle – which meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. at Henry Ford Village and also Peace Circle – which meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the church.

Beginning in September, Presbyterian Women of Cherry Hill will engage in a new study of the Ten Commandments. Both our Peace and Pikeville Circles will be using The 2019—2020 PW/Horizons Bible study, Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments, examines How do we live out our relationship with God and with one another in a world that is often ruled by other standards? What is the pain from which God seeks to protect us in the Ten Commandments? How can a fresh embrace of the Ten Commandments contribute to the restoration of ourselves, our communities, and the furthering of the gospel in the world? Each lesson begins with an exploration of one of the Ten Words in its biblical context. From there we consider a moment from Jesus’ life that shows us how he lived out that Word. We then consider the Word for our own lives and contexts.

Janet Reickel is the moderator of the Peace Circle (Tuesday evenings) and Elaine Filiak  moderates the Pikeville Circle (Wednesday mornings).  Please contact them for more information.