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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by SaggyWoman, Dec 1, 2007.
what are they called?
For high school and below, they're Sunday School. The adults are in Sunday Morning Adult Bible Studies.
It depends on what you're talking about.
We have classes for the adults called Long Island School of Christian Ministry. This is held on Wednesday nights.
We have small groups that meet in homes during the week called LIFE Groups.
But we don't have a 'Sunday School' as some churches do on Sunday morning.
We still call'em Sunday School classes.
Creche, Scramblers, Climbers, Pathfinders and CYFA, collectively known as 'Young Church'; they always come back into the nave for the Eucharist however.
Bible studies because some are on Sunday morning and others through the week.
On Sunday am, it's still called Sunday School up thru high school. For adults, we have various classes that rotate -- these are called Cross Training.
During the week, we have several things going on ---
Life Groups (various small groups that meet in homes)
Bible Study Fellowship (2/week)
Men's Bible Study (1/week)
Various Women's Bible Studies (3/week)
Wednesday night dinner, fellowship & study
Various counseling groups
Sunday School in Northeast Florida.
Still Sunday School here.
The trouble is, you haven't told us what "they" are . The choices don't help me much either. Sunday School classes - here in the UK, these are usually classes for children (though a few churches do have what they call an "all age bible school"). I notice that fellow "Brit", Matt Black, has replied in a way that shows he assumes you are talking about groups for children. Small Groups - groups of what? Children? Affinity Groups - no idea what those are. So I found this a little more tricky to answer than your other recent poll that asked whether I was male or female. :laugh:
We call our Sunday School "Treasure Seekers" and the pre-school class "Little Gems."
That's what the poll is asking you. At our church 'they' are called "Bible Fellowship Groups;" more commonly "BFG's."
The poll just asked us what we call something at our church. It didn't tell us what the "something" was. The first given choice was "Sunday School class", and that implied (to Matt, Ulsterman and me, here in the UK) a class in a Sunday School - and Sunday Schools here are for children. The second choice was "Small Groups", but without knowing what Saggy Woman had in mind, that left me wondering, "Small groups of what?" The third choice, "Affinity Groups" was a term I have not heard of. So I ask again, what is this poll about? Children's teaching groups? Adult bible study groups? Something else?
In America, in many if not most churches that have Sunday school, the school is geared to all ages rather than just childrn. Small groups are "small groups" within the church that meet for Bible study and/or discussion and/or fellowship and/or ministry and/or evangelism. Affinity groups meet mainly for an interest area rather than Bible study, but often do Bible study.
Thanks, Saggy Woman! I hope you didn't mind me asking . That is much clearer. I can now say that my church is not (yet!) large enough to split up into small groups, so we don't have them.
No problem, Mr. Lamb!
I too am confused - I assumed that the question was asking "what do you call any separate teaching session which you have for children and young people on a Sunday whilst the adults are in the main service?" I answered accordingly, eg:ScramblersIf however the question is "what do you call any mid-week groups which meet?", then my answer would be 'homegroups' or 'housegroups', as in here
So, could the OPer please clarify the question - which of the above are you asking?
Sounds like yours are "other" since you don't use the term Sunday school or Small group or affinity group.
I voted 'other' but I'm still not sure whether there are two questions there or just one!
I am not sure if I understand your confusion.
Many churches are moving away from Sunday Morning Sunday school (and, even, that terminology) for different reasons, including the thought that it is just for children.
Many are moving to having these Bible studies different nights of the week.
I was just wondering what different churches were calling these groups.