Christian Education

Christian Education at Advent is for children from 4 years old  
through adults of all ages.
Sunday School
We give thanks to our SCS Superintendents, Sue Kreno and Lisa Storniolo, and the devoted teachers who weekly provided lessons, time and talent to the precious students in their classes.   Our sincere thanks also goes out to Pastor Chris and Peggy Schmied for their guidance throughout the year.  Most importantly, we are thankful for the youth (and their parents) who week after week come to share and grow in the love of Christ.
Starting in September and running until the end of May, classes for children age four through Adult. Sunday mornings at 9:15 AM. Children study a different Bible lesson each week and learn how to apply the Bible's teachings to their every day lives. Each weeks Bible lesson is based on one of the same readings that are part of the Sunday morning worship services.  
Confirmation Classes
 A two year program for youth that generally begins in the 7th grade. Classes are held twice per month, September through June. Youth survey the Bible and gain greater understanding of the 10 Commandments, Apostle's Creed, Holy Communion, Baptism, Lord's Prayer, Confession/Forgiveness, Church History, Lutheran Theology and World Religions. The class generally meets the first and second Wednesday of every month. We gather at 5:45 PM with dinner beginning at 6 PM. Class lasts from 6:30 PM to 7:45, followed by recreation from 7:45 PM to 8:15 PM.  For more information, please contact our Pastor, who leads the class along with members of the congregation, at (
Weekly Bible Study
Every Wednesday, at 9:30 AM, a group gathers to study the Old Testament lesson, Psalm, New Testament lesson and Gospel lesson appointed for the following Sunday. Our pastor participates in the discussion and this study helps him in his sermon preparation.
The study group meets EVERY Thursday night at 7:00 PM at the West Chester Diner on Route 3 (West Chester Pike.) We gather at 6:45 PM to order coffee/snacks/meal and the study begins promptly at 7:00 PM ending by 8:05 PM. All are welcome to come whenever they are able. No advanced experience is necessary. Come to say a lot or just to listen.
Woman's Bible Study
The Woman's Bible Study Group that meets on Sunday mornings continue their review and discussion of Rick Warren's God's Answers to Life's Difficult Questions. All women are invited to attend. Study group meets in Room 7 from 9:15 to 10:15 AM each Sunday beginning again in September.
First Holy Communion
Children are encouraged to receive instruction regarding the Sacrament of Holy Communion by the 5th grade. Many receive Holy Communion as early as the 3rd grade. A Saturday class is held once per year. Class includes, videos and written/oral lessons, in addition to baking bread and making a banner.
Mens Breakfast
A group of men, from teens to long retired seniors, gathers every month for a buffet breakfast followed by Bible Study. They meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month in the church social hall. A free will offering of the meal is received. Come for fellowship and to reflect on God's word. You can speak your mind or just listen!

Womens Retreat
Every year, a group of women from Advent join with women from Oxford's Community of Love Church, and travel to The Black Rock Retreat Center for a wonderful weekend away. The weekend is a perfect mix of spiritual renewal, relaxation and just plain fun! The women plan and participate in thematic presentations, crafts, games, music, worship and devotions. A highlight is sharing in deliciously prepared meals together throughout the weekend. (meals that we do not have to prepare!) The retreat takes place from a Fri evening until Sunday afternoon, usually the last weekend of February or first weekend of March. All are welcome!
Please contact Lainie Harkins at, or phone 610-399-9145 for more information.