The Message Class meets on the 5th level of the Education Wing. A.J. Ottinger III is the lead teacher. Other class members substitute. Our class is a free-flowing discussion of a wide variety of topics from material chosen or developed by class members. This class follows an interactive format with lots of class participation. Our class ages have ranged from 20’s to 50’s. We use multiple translations of the Bible to gain deeper understanding. Our class topics typically have a video or audio component to go with the lesson. Some recent studies have included materials from Adam Hamilton, Max Lucado, as well as materials from the UMC website. Our typical class time is as follow:
9:30 to 9:45 – Social Time
9:45 to 9:50 – Sharing of prayer concerns and announcements.
9:50 to 10:15 – Lesson and discussion.
10:15 to 10:20 – Close with prayer. We celebrate the end of a study with a full class time to socialize and enjoy food and drinks. Past social outings have included breakfast at Metcalf Bottoms. Many of our class members are active in the Children’s and Youth ministries, Scouting, and various church committees.