MidWeek January 10 – April 24
Join us for our dinner in the Fellowship Hall each Wednesday evening from 5:15–6:30 p.m. Don’t miss out on the fun and fellowship! All are welcome, even if you are not in a small group or another ministry opportunity. $9 per adult • $6 per child (under 12) • $30 per family maximum Please assist us in being good stewards of our resources by registering for the MidWeek meal each week you plan to attend. Registering ahead of time allows us to prepare the proper amount of food, and can be done easily online and all at once if you wish. Go to briarwood.org/dinner and fill out the online form. Register no later than Tuesday at noon prior to the Wednesday you plan to attend. Thank you!
Adult Classes & Studies
Wednesday night offers many new and exciting small group studies, so find the best fit for you and jump in! All ministry opportunities start at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Contact Eric Reebals for more information at 776-5338 or email@example.com.
Children and Youth Activities
Our Children and Youth will find activities designed just for them during MidWeek. Contact the Children’s Ministry at 776-5305 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact the Youth Ministry at 776-5269 or email@example.com.
Be sure your nursery-age children have the best possible care by making reservations as soon as possible. Reservations can be made easily online on the Briarwood App, at briarwood.org/nursery, or by calling 776-5214. Please be sure the Nursery knows what study or class you are in each week.
The Sermon on the Mount
Saeyoung Park, G101 • One of the most well-known sections of the Gospel of Matthew is Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount”. It contains the beloved beatitudes, Jesus’ view on the Law and the Prophets, the Lord’s Prayer, “the Golden Rule”, and many other teachings that are oft-recited both inside and outside of the Church. But what is the sermon about? In one phrase, it is about The Kingdom of Heaven. Join us as we study The Norms, The Witness, and The Demands of the Kingdom of Heaven!
Mike Wheeler, A105 • “Shattered Glass” – The Jewish people refer to it as the Shoah, meaning “Calamity”, most of us refer to it simply as the Holocaust. A time when the most unfathomable forces of evil anyone could imagine combined with the deepest level pain, torture, and death that one could imagine. How do we find God in the midst of our own trials and struggles?
Various teachers and locations • Home Groups meet regularly and are connected to our Sunday School Communities. They feature growth through the study of the Word, biblical fellowship, and prayer with opportunities to reach others for Christ. Contact your Sunday School Community leaders to find a Home Group for you.
A Study of 2 Kings
Kristie Harrick & Elizabeth Bondurant, G103 • 2 Kings is a continuation of the narrative covered in 1 Kings. We will continue to watch the Lord’s compassion for His people as they continue to spiral in their sinfulness. As the Lord provides repentance opportunities we watch as Israel and Judah make choices that lead to exile. This study will guide us to understand the intentions of the author, the questions and issues raised in particular passages, and help explain the Scripture in an accessible way that makes sense for daily Christian living.
CHILDREN & YOUTH ACTIVITIES
Infants Nursery (Up to 3 years old)
Nursery Hallway, 6:15–8:30 p.m. • Nursery reservations are required! Go to briarwood.org/nursery or call 776-5214.
CONNECT (K4–3rd grade)
Children’s Auditorium, 6:30–8:00 p.m. • It is our desire for our children to connect to God through biblical teaching, to what God is doing in the world through missionary updates and stories, and to one another through fellowship and recreation. A parent must sign in their child.
IGNITE (4th–6th grade)
GYM, 6:30–8:00 p.m. • Ignite will have a time of Bible study, play games, have free play in the gym and hand out prizes! Drop off children in the Gym Lobby.
RAIDERS (7th & 8th grades)
The Barn, 6:30–8:00 p.m. • Raiders will continue their incredible MidWeek gatherings. Come and invite a friend. Parents, please pick up your Raider from The Barn parking lot at 8:00 p.m.
BYG (9th – 12th grades)
The Barn • 7:00–8:30 p.m. • BYG is a time for high school students to be challenged by God’s Word and to be equipped to impact others for Christ.
Personal Evangelism: The Bridge to Life
Eric Reebals, A202 • Come investigate how to share your faith using “The Bridge to Life.” This training includes weekly class time as well as on-the-job training, contacting members of our community and answering their questions as they answer ours. We will have an Interest Coffee & Dessert the first week, January 10th and will meet in the Caroline House from 6:30-7:30 PM. Contact Leigh Ann Reese 776-5301, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Max Bunn, Rob Looper, and Bryan Wintersteen, Chapel · Come hear from our Briarwood-supported ministry partners who serve, locally, nationally, and globally. A different missionary will share each week about the work they are doing all over the world. You will have the opportunity to learn about the biblical basis and mandate for missions and understand our church’s investment in missions ministry. This group is open to all ages. You are invited to participate each week your schedule allows.
Counseling in the Local Church II/Lay Counseling & Practical Ministry Training II
Dr. Greg Norfleet and Dr. Howard Eyrich, A201 • 6:30–8:30 p.m. Counseling in the Local Church/Lay Counseling & Practical Ministry Training. The first semester we explored the theoretical, Biblical foundations, for personal ministry. In this semester, we will explore the “how to” of effective personal ministry. This will be accomplished through case studies, role playing, and discussion. The goal is the equipping of students to begin counseling at the lay level and all personal ministry whether over the fence, over coffee, or in various roles within the church. This is also a great opportunity to see if the Lord may direct you to become active in the counseling ministry. Visitors are welcome. Seminary students, for details contact Emily Hayes 205-776-5354. Briarwood members, please contact Julie at the counseling office, 205-776-5281 and register (Registering helps us have the appropriate materials available for each participant).
Adoption Connection (1/17, 2/21, 3/13, 4/17)
Carter Ralph, Bride’s Room • This group ministers to families who have brought children into their homes via adoption, assists Briarwood families as they go through the adoption process, and promotes adoption within the church.
Chancel Choir & Briarwood Orchestra
Choir Room / Worship Center • Singers and instrumentalists, college age and up, join us as we prepare to lead God’s people in worship on Sundays, as well as prepare our Christmas program to be presented with a full orchestra. For more information, contact Penny Philley at email@example.com or 776-5229.
Joel Richards, School Third Floor Lobby – E313 • Want to get involved in serving and welcoming internationals? Consider volunteering to help with our English class! From putting up signs and serving snacks to teaching or assisting in the classroom, we would be glad to have you join us! We train volunteers to teach and in how to welcome internationals well. Also, if you have a friend, neighbor, or co-worker looking for free English help- please let them know about our classes! Contact Joel Richards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Alexander & Mark Cushman, W203 • A 13-week seminar and encouragement group designed to help those who are grieving the death of a loved one. Each session includes a video presentation hosted by David and Nancy Guthrie, followed by interactive discussions on various aspects of grief. Participants are welcome to start attending any time during the quarter. Contact Tami Wells, 776-5227 or email@example.com to let us know you plan to attend, or to get more information about the class. W203 is above the foyer to the Worship Center, near the prayer room. Cost: $20 for workbook. This Class meets January 10 through April 17.
Lance & Ruth Radbill, W203 • DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. DivorceCare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You will learn how to heal from the deep hurt of divorce and discover hope for your future.
Chris Thompson, E003/005 • New Focus is an outreach of the Mercy Ministry that offers financial literacy for those who call for assistance and we also teach participants how to get and keep a job. Volunteers are needed to coach participants in applying the principles learned in class. Kevin Lott will lead a coaches’ informational meeting at the same time as the participants’ informational meeting on January 10 then regular classes will begin on January 17.
Jobs for Life
Adrian VanderWoude, E007/009 • As part of the Mercy Ministry, Jobs for Life offers career direction and equipping for those seeking to find the work that matches the abilities and gifts the Lord has given them. Find more than a paycheck. Find a vocation. Volunteers are needed to coach participants in applying the principles learned in class. Adrian will lead a coaches’ informational meeting at the same time as the participants’ informational meeting on January 10. Regular classes will begin on January 17.
Briarwood Inquiry Class (BIC) (1/17, 3/13, 4/24)
Wendy Long, A209 • Like to find out more about Briarwood Presbyterian Church? Are you interested in church membership? This class explores: Connecting to Christ, What is a Christian; Connecting to the Church, What is the Church; and Connecting to Briarwood, What is Briarwood? If you are interested or want more information, please contact Wendy Long at firstname.lastname@example.org or 776-5208.
Prayer for our Church
Joyce Ann Jackson, Prayer Room • Join us as we spend time in prayer for Briarwood Church and its ministries. God has been so faithful to our congregation and we want to spend this time acknowledging His goodness and lifting up the many ministry opportunities all over the world. Focusing on the spiritual vitality of prayer in the life of the believers, revival throughout our land and learning how to pray as Jesus taught His disciples will be our goal.
Sign Language Beginner Class
S205 • Our goal is to learn 400 signs (with daily practice), to be introduced to deaf culture, and be able to communicate using basic signs.
Sign Language Intermediate Class
S207 • This class builds on the Beginner class. Our goal is to learn 400 additional signs (with daily practice) and increase exposure to and communication with the deaf community.
Sign Language Intermediate Class
S209 • This class builds on the Intermediate I class. Our goal is to learn 400 additional signs (with daily practice) and increase exposure to and communication with the deaf community.
Sign Language Religious Interpreting
S203 • This class builds on the Beginner, Intermediate I, and Intermediate II classes. Our goal is to learn 1) religious signs (with daily practice), 2) practical interpreting techniques using expressive and receptive skills in a class room and “real time” setting, and 3) increase exposure to and have communications with the deaf community.