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Prairie South Lay Academy Spring 23

Location: Sycamore UMC, 160 Johnson Avenue, Sycamore, IL

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2 Saturdays
March 11th & 18th, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Cost $40

Youth may register at no cost if accompanied by a registered adult

Sycamore UMC, 160 Johnson Avenue, Sycamore, IL

At this time, food will not be provided, so please make arrangements for your snacks and lunch each day.

Online registration

Classes offered:

All class times must be attended to receive course credit.
* Notes required class if advancement to Certified Lay Speaker or Certified Lay Minister is desired.

  1.  For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts*- This course offers a scriptural understanding of spiritual gifts as always given “for the common good.”
    Book: For the Common Good by Christine Harman
    Instructor: Jean Gewin
  2.  Living Our United Methodist Beliefs (United Methodist Heritage)* - This course will explain the special gifts of theology, witness, and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got where we are today and how our distinctive emphases are still needed today
    Book: Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way--Participant's Book by Kenneth L. Carder
    Instructor: TBA
  3. Leading Worship (Worshiping with United Methodists)* - This course focuses on the ministry of the lay servant who either regularly or occasionally leads a group or congregation in worship.
    Book: Worshiping with United Methodists by Hoyt L. Hickman
    Instructor: Marcia Peddicord
  4. NEW Opening Ourselves to Grace: The Means of Grace and Discipleship - This video-based course helps lay servant leaders embrace and communicate a Wesleyan understanding of basic Christian practices (works of piety and mercy) as means of grace.
    Book: Opening Ourselves to Grace: The Means of Grace and Discipleship by Steven W. Manskar Available by download via PDF on the Discipleship Ministries page here.
    Instructor: Janet Becker

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