Church of the Holy Cross
2455 Gallows Road
Dunn Loring, VA 22027-1225

703.698.6991

Adult Formation

Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:15 for a wide range of Christian education offerings for adults.

Oct. 7 Feed The Second Story Story
Lauren Witherspoon will be here to talk about how we can better serve our neighbors just a few blocks down Gallows Road. Second Story operates a shelter for at-risk teens who can use everything from cookies to clothing. Most of all they need to know that there are people in the community who care about them. Come and hear about the many ways we can engage in helping this local community thrive.
Oct. 14 Grow Son of Mary: Jesus, David, and Being a Biblical Man
For those not attending the Women’s Retreat weekend, intern Kevin Laskowski leads a discussion of what it means to be a man in the Scriptures. When we think of biblical heroes, we think of fathers of many nations like Abraham and warrior-kings like David. But what does it mean for us—men and women—who follow a Savior who wasn’t any of those things?
Oct. 21 Share What is the Vestry?
Your Junior Warden Claudia Tielking and other Vestry members will outline the basics of what it means to be a member of the Holy across Vestry, the selection process, responsibilities and requirements, how Vestry functions in the life of our community, and why serving on Vestry is an important and fulfilling ministry.
Oct. 28 Love Muslims in America: Challenges and Opportunities
Dr. Mehmet Salih Sayilgan, (PhD from Catholic University) will speak about Challenges and Opportunities for Muslims in the U.S.  What are the perspectives of Muslims -- abroad in a minority status -- on Islam, Christianity, and the West?  Since 9/11 is life in America and the West getting better or worse for Muslims?  Are we Christians building or burning bridges? Please join us as we aim for candid conversation on how love of neighbor might operate in our troubled world.  Dr. Sayilgan is the Assistant Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies and Louisville Postdoctoral Fellow at Wesley Seminary.  Dr. Sayilgan is from Turkey and a member of that country’s Kurdish minority.
Nov. 4 Give Death Has Been Defeated – Now What?
Central to the Gospel is the claim that God has at long last returned, as promised, and defeated the enemy of God's people.  The Hebrews thought that enemy was Rome (among others), but  Paul and Evangelists each point out that the real enemy is the one who's power is death and deceit.  In recent years the new field of evolutionary psychology has produced impressive results explaining how natural selection...the power of death...explains things such as tribalism, warfare, cognitive bias, marriage patterns, promiscuity, perception of beauty, altruism and much more.  A blank slate we are not, nor does reason itself lead to selfless ethics.  But if death has been defeated, what might be possible individually and corporately? Phil Long leads this session.
Nov. 11 Celebrate The Ministry of Reconciliation: Forgiving and Being Forgiven
Scripture says, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18). Reconciliation is perhaps the task of Jesus Christ and Christian ministry, so: What does it mean to forgive? What does it mean to be forgiven? Are there some things that cannot be forgiven? Who says “I’m sorry”—how and when? What does real forgiveness look like Scripture, in our tradition, and in our world today? Kevin Laskowski will lead this session.
Nov. 18 Build Six Pillars Builds A Bridge
The Rev. Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler joins us for Adult Formation hour to explore a new path between Christians and Muslims. He will focus on commonalities in our faiths and how we can build on them. The Rev. Chandler is brought to us by the Robinson Committee, and he starts his time with us on Saturday, November 17, at 4:00 p.m. with the presentation, “Kahlil Gibran—An Unparalleled Spiritual Guide for Our Times,” which will be followed by an evening contemplative service.
Nov. 25 Collaborate Advent Wreath Making
Together, we’ll prepare ourselves to enter the mystery of Christmas by making Advent wreaths! Come to the parish hall to assemble your wreath from materials provided. So we can all gather together, there is no Sunday School meeting on this day. If you have decorations to share, please bring them along.  A donation is appreciated to cover the cost of supplies.
Dec. 2 Atone Atonement
The Rev. Dr. Kathy Grieb will join us to kick off Advent. Dr. Grieb will talk to us about atonement. The Rev. Dr. Grieb has taught New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary since 1994. She is the author of several books, is part of the Covenant Design Group, and has recently been appointed to the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches.
Dec. 9 Share Christmas Craft Market
The Holy Cross Children and Youth are sponsoring an opportunity to purchase gifts while helping your community. Come and shop an assortment of hand-crafted gifts—there should be something for everyone on your list. The profits will benefit Second Story, which works with and supports at-risk youth.
Dec. 16 Explore Evening Bible Study Preview
Holy Cross will be offering a new evening Bible Study program beginning in mid-January.  Transforming Literature of the Bible was developed by the Rev. William Barnwell and guides participants through a deep exploration of the meaning of the great literature of the Bible. Participants will listen to God speak through the stories that have shaped our culture and church.  Rev. Barnwell will be visiting us in January to kick off the program and be our guest preacher at Sunday worship. Come to the Adult Forum on Dec. 16 and find out more.
Dec. 23 Awaken Jesus Goes to the Christmas Movies
What makes for a Christmas movie? Is it a Christmas setting? Christmas-y themes of family, generosity, and changes of heart? Does Jesus have to make an appearance? Join intern Kevin Laskowski, The Grinch, Ebenezer Scrooge, Kevin McAllister, Ralphie Parker, and John McClane, among others, as we explore our Christmas traditions through the lens of pop culture. We may find that, despite our best efforts, Jesus has a way of showing up. After all, that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

 

Bible and Book Study

There is a regular Bible and Book study meeting on Wednesday mornings beginning at 10:15. The first 45 minutes are devoted to the scripture appointed for the following Sunday. The second half of the meeting is focused on other literature chosen by the participants. New members are welcome any time. Please join us.

 

Education Classes for Children and Youth

9:15 a.m. Pre-K – 12th grade

Holy Cross provides religious education to all children and youth on Sunday mornings. Sunday School is held from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. most Sundays September through May. Parents are asked to register their children in September at the beginning of the school year, but children are welcome in Sunday School at any time.

Throughout the year, children are invited to attend Children's Chapel during the 10:30 a.m. service. Children's Chapel is an age-appropriate exploration of the Gospel. Children rejoin their parents for communion.

To register your child for Sunday School, please use the link at the top of the page.

Use the links below to learn more about the Sunday School programs for each age group.

If you have questions about Sunday School, please contact Megan Hoskins, Director of Formation.