Charlton Church is committed to nurturing the personal spiritual growth of our congregation members and friends. The Word of the Lord is preached faithfully each Sunday morning during our worship services. Our worship together comes to a close as we reflect upon the Word and respond by going forth into the world as disciples.
The Scriptures are also studied in a variety of “growth groups”. These include classes that meet on Sunday mornings, as well as short term groups, such as Bible studies and book clubs, that meet for study and fellowship at various times during the week throughout the year.
“You have been taught the holy Scriptures since childhood: and they have given you the wisdom of faith." 2 Timothy 3:15
A wide variety of exciting, interactive classes are held for people of all ages, toddler through adult. Charlton Church is a Safe Sanctuary, with procedures in place to reduce the risk of child abuse.
Our K.I.D.'s Club (Kids In Discipleship) is for all children in Preschool thru 5th Grade and is held during the 9:00 am service. The children begin in the sanctuary with their families, and then, after the children's message, they are released to KIDs Club. Parents can pick up their children on the lower level after the worship service. KIDs Club is a time of devotions, praise, lessons, crafts and activities. Some of their activities are done as a combined group; while others are divided into age-appropriate groups.
The schedule for youth gatherings changes from month to month according to the needs of the group.
A variety of adult classes are available for college-aged thru seniors.
Faith & Fellowship Class - meets in room 15 on the upper level on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. This class likes to share, explore and deepen their faith together through Biblical study. They also gather for fellowship with one another and to help others in the church and greater community who are in need.
Foundation Class - meets in room 26 on the lower level on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. The members of this class share with one another in Bible-based studies that allow growth in faith and understanding in order to practice Christian principles in today's world, and apply Christian living to their everyday life. They are loving, encouraging, fun accepting and caring for one another and those they come in contact with daily.
The Gathering - this class of young adults and the young-at-heart explores a variety of topics to discuss how our faith affects our daily living. They meet for group activities and discussion either in person or online. The class has identified as a Reconciling Community with the Reconciling Ministries Network. You can read their statement below.
Journey Class - meets in the parlor on the main level on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. This class explores topics of interest in culture and discusses them from a Christian perspective. The class has identified as a Reconciling Community with the Reconciling Ministries Network. You can read their statement below.
JOY Class (Jesus, Others, Yourself) - meets in room 24 on the lower level on Sunday mornings at 8:00 am. Class members are primarily senior citizens who use the International Lesson series as the basis of their study. The class enjoy fellowship with one another and schedule social events from time to time.
Joint Statement of the Gathering and Journey Classes:
The Gathering and Journey classes of Charlton UMC in Harrisburg, PA are groups of Christ followers who firmly believe that everyone is created equally in the image of God. We believe that the diversity found in the human family makes us more reflective of our God expressed in the holy Trinity. We embrace people of all ages, races, abilities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and all other “labels” which our culture uses to define and divide us. We reaffirm our Scriptures that make it clear that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ and the family of God. Proud of our Wesleyan heritage, we believe that ‘we can love alike even though we may not think alike’, as we recognize that there are those in our church, community, and denomination who have perspectives different than our own. We commit to being a supportive and encouraging inclusive community within our congregation as we work towards truly being a church with open hearts, open minds and open doors.