Christian Education at Olivet is intended to provide a broad range of opportunities for spiritual growth through which members of the Olivet community can deepen their faith in God and strenthen their lives as followers, disciples of Christ. This goal is accomplished in part through graded Sunday School classes for children and youth and a variety of classes for adults. There are also a variety of adult small group gatherings during the week that focus on Bible study, Christian literature or topics relevant to living out our faith in an increasingly complex world. Olivet also supports an active youth and children’s ministry that includes wide ranging programs including Vacation Bible School (summer), Kids’ Connection midweek ministry (fall and spring), Youth Fellowship (Sunday evenings), and service and fellowship activities both locally, regionally and internationally (weekends and summer).

Adult Sunday School

The following adult classes meet each Sunday from 9:45 to 10:45am, except during the summer.

The Present Word Class engages participants in Bible Study and its application to life — enabling the growth of participants as children of God rooted in the Christian community, life in the Spirit, and Christian hope. The class is led by Blair Engle and John Effland, and meets in Room 109A.

Women’s Sunday Fellowship is an informal women’s gathering for prayer, sharing, and reflection. During the week, participants receive an email devotional that serves as the starting point for Sunday discussions. Pam Odom facilitates this group, which meets in Room 105.

The Inquiring Believers’ Class uses a weekly emailed curriculum, The Wired Word, as the basis of discussion of a current news event, in the light of Christian faith and Scripture. Bob Harris leads this class, which meets in the Library (Room 106).

The Bible Study Class is discussing one chapter of The Bible each week this fall. The class time is spent in exploration and open discussion of the chapter and its meaning for life today, as well as building community through the sharing of joys and concerns and prayer. Cindy Cass facilitates this study, which meets in the church Parlor (Room 101).

The Introduction to Spiritual Practices Class will provide participants with an exposure to a variety of ways in which Christians have traditionally sought to deepen their faith and relationship with God.  Ruffin King will lead this class which meets in room 201.



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Youth Sunday School

The Mid-High Sunday School Class, grades 6-8, meets with Gary and Camille Hatter and uses Encounter Curriculum, which is a Bible-based, culturally relevant, and personally challenging teen Sunday school curriculum. The middle school group examines in depth both the Old and New Testaments. 

The Confirmation of Faith Program is taught during the 9th grade year. This class is taught by Seth Lovell, Ruffin King, Amy Effland, and Cheryl Wetmore-Simpson. The curriculum is a blend of resources from the PC(USA) and RE:FORM Curriculum. 

Senior-High Sunday School is for high school youth in grades 10-12 and is taught by Mark and Cynthia Lorenzoni. The Lorenzonis combine scripture and popular media to engage the youth in important discussions about issues affecting high school youth and how to live out their faith. 

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Children and Youth Sunday School Classes

Sunday School classes for children and youth meet from 9:45 until 10:45 every Sunday from September-May. As part of Olivet's Bibles for Life Program, the Christian Education Committee gifts 1st, 5th and 9th graders with new Bibles to read at home and to bring to church. High School graduates are presented with a devotional book each May. Sunday School is where children and leaders learn to know our living God, grow in vibrant faith, and show God’s love to others. For Pre-K - 5th grade, the curriculum used to nuture children as they develop into faith filled disciples is, Walk with Me, from Faith Alive Christian Resources.






Linda Reaser and Linda Edenfield, Room B-1
K, 1st and 2nd
Alison and Gavin MacCleery, Room B-3
3rd, 4th, 5th
Ashley and Warren Buford, Room B-4
Middle School (6th - 8th)
Gary and Camille Hatter, Room 207
Confirmation (9th)
Amy Effland, Ruffin King, Seth Lovell, Cheryl Wetmore-Simpson, Room 205
High School (10th-12th)
Mark and Cynthia Lorenzoni, Room 202

Mid-week Gatherings

A Book Study Group meets on Friday mornings from 9:00-10:00am to discuss a classic Christian book being read by the group.

A Women’s Bible Study Group meets Wednesday mornings for prayer, fellowship, and Bible study, using a book or video resource.

The Women of the Church (Presbyterian Women) have two monthly meetings for study, fellowship, and prayer. The day meeting(Circle/Group 1&2) is the first Wednesday of the month at 2:00pm. The evening meeting(Circle/Group 3) is the second Thursday of the month at 7:00pm.

Lectionary Lunch meets each Thursday from noon to 1:00pm for a discussion of the upcoming Sunday’s scripture readings while enjoying a simple meal.

Church Family Nights this fall will include a study and discussion of Christian worship.

Lenten Dinners in late winter will include a study to enrich our observance of Holy Week and Easter.

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About Kids' Connection/GenOn

"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42)

This verse gives us a glimpse into the lifestyle of the early Christian church, what was important to them, and how they spent their time. It is also foundational for our midweek ministry, Kids’ Connection. As we prioritize our lives and seek balance in today’s "do it all, have it all" society, may we too devote ourselves to living faith filled lives in community with one another. 

Kids' Connection (KC) is offered at Olivet for two eight-week sessions in fall and spring. KC uses the LOGOS Ministry design and theology which is part of GenOn Ministries. Each week children experience Worship Skills, Bible Study and Recreation/Mission and Family Time Dinner while building Christian relationships with peers and adults that last a lifetime. Registration occurs at the Parents' Meetings before each session.  Volunteers are needed. Contact Betsy Dishman for information,

KC’s Bible leader, Kelly Kaufman, serves as GenOn’s Community Outreach Coordinator. Read more about her ministry here.

GenOn’s free bi-monthly e-newsletter includes insights, articles and announcements about developing lifelong disciples through intergenerational experiences. Hear from local LOGOS leaders, parents, pastors, and intergenerational experts.


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Vacation Bible School


For one week in June, the church is filled to overflowing with children, youth helpers, and adult leaders who make VBS happen each morning from 9:00am-12:00pm. The children enjoy an exciting theme with music, drama, rotations to Bible Adventures, Movie and Mission, Recreation, and Imagination Station Science fun using Group Publishing curriculum. Registration begins in May. It is worth scheduling around your vacation!

June 26-30 2017

9:00am - Noon

3 years old - 5th grade

This year's theme is Maker Fun Factory. At Maker Fun Factory, kids discover that God made them—and for a purpose! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they'll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with the Funshop Finale that gets everyone involved in living what they've learned.





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Youth Fellowship

Youth Fellowship gatherings take place throughout the year, September through June. Typically, the youth gather on Sunday evenings for a time of fun, fellowship, and study.

There are numerous special activities that take place throughout the year. The youth have lots of opportunities for fun and service. The youth will take hiking trips, rake leaves in the fall, go Christmas caroling, and join with other area youth groups for special outings. There is typically an “off-campus” event every other month.

To learn more about youth ministry at Olivet, please contact our Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministries, Seth Lovell,

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Youth Ministry at Olivet

Olivet Presbyterian Church provides a welcoming youth ministry that nurtures a strong sense of community with others, where each individual is valued and nurtured, and all are accepted as God's unique creations.  Our mission statement is “enabling young people to understand and recognize who Jesus is, and what it means to live for him.”  This is accomplished in numerous ways, providing youth with many opportunities for spiritual and personal growth.  We are blessed at Olivet to have a committed group of adult volunteers dedicated to working with our youth and encouraging them in their walk of faith.

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Youth Trips


Throughout the course of the year, the Olivet Youth Group takes multiple trips to lots of exciting places.  Every summer, there is a Youth Mission Trip for our High School Youth. The trip rotates from a domestic trip one year, to an international trip the next. Over the years, the youth have visited places like West Virginia, Kentucky, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Belize. The yearly mission trip gives the youth an opportunity to recognize the value of service to others, and how through serving others, we are ultimately serving Christ. 

During the summer, there are also opportunities for the youth to attend Presbyterian Conferences.  The Midde School Youth attend the Massanetta Middle-School Conference that takes place every June, and the Senior-High Youth attend the Montreat Youth Conference in July. These trips are a great opportunity for youth to meet other youth from all over the country, and grow their faith, while experiencing the greater body of Christ. 

During the year, there are also opportunities for youth to travel to places like Washington, DC; New York City; and the Massanutten Resort. These weekend trips change each year, so check your calendar. 

To find about more about these trips, or how to sign up, contact Seth @




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About Weekday Preschool


For the 2017-2018 school year, Olivet Preschool is offering a four-day class for 4-year olds, a three-day class for 3-year-olds, and a two-day class for 2½ to 5-year-olds. 

Enrichment activities include Art, Music, and Bible Storytime. We are also now offering extended day and child care programs. Registration is now open.

Visit the website at for more information.

Mission Statement: To provide a Christian preschool opportunity for families in our community to ready children to attend Kindergarten, academically, socially, and spiritually, as part of the Christian Education Ministry of Olivet Presbyterian Church.

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