Christian Formation Updates

Christian Formation Updates

There are many ways to be involved with Christian Formation at Sequoyah Church and in your homes. Below you’ll see some of the suggestions for Children, Youth, and Adults we’ve generated for equipping you to teach others and/or nurture your own faith.  If you should need information or clarification on any of these zoom meetings, Instagram Live connections, video links, resources, blogs, posts, or the like, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff, in particular Director of Children’s Ministries, Mary Emily Morris , Director of Youth Ministries, Laura Cutter or Associate Pastor for Christian Formation Mark Lampley  We may be reached at the church offices at (865) 522-9804 extensions 126, 124, and 113, respectively.

Sunday School

Click here for Kingdom Sunday School with Mary Emily (9:30-9:55 a.m.)

Click here for Youth Sunday School on Facebook (follow us at @shpcyouth)

Click here for Youth Sunday School on Instagram (follow us at @shpcyouth)

Click here for Youth Sunday School on YouTube

Click here for Adult Sunday School sponsored by Christian Growth Class led by Bill Hurt (10:00 a.m.)

Click here for Adult Sunday School sponsored by the Adult Fellowship Class (10:00-10:45 a.m.)

Click here for Adult Sunday School led by Fran Dotterweich (10:00 a.m.)

Psalm 91

In this difficult season, all members are encouraged to read Psalm 91 every day for the next 91 days—thanks to our Youth Ministry for this great idea! Our pastors and program staff will offer a few brief video devotionals over social media each week on this powerful statement of trust in the Lord.

Click here for 3/17/20 video

Click here for 3/18/20 video

Click here for 3/24/20 Video

Click here for 3/25/20 Video

Click here for 3/27/20 Video

Click here for 3/29/20 Video

Click here for 4/1/20 Video

Click here for 4/7/20 Video

Click here for 4/10/20 Video

Click here for 4/13/20 Video

Click here for 4/17/20 Video

Click here for 4/20/20 Video

Click here for 4/23/20 Video

Click here for 4/29/20 Video

Click here for 5/1/20 Video

Click here for 5/4/20 Video

Click here for 5/6/20 Video

Click here for 5/12/20 Video

Click here for 5/14/20 Video

Click here for 5/15/20 Video

Click here for 5/18/20 Video

Click here for 5/21/20 Video

Click here for 5/26/20 Video

Click here for 5/29/20 Video

Click here for 6/1/20 Video

Click here for 6/4/20 Video

Click here for 6/8/20 Video

Click here for 6/11/20 Video


Adult Opportunities

  • NEW Wednesday 6-6:30pm Hymn Study zoom group.  Email for a link to join in.
  • Wednesday Morning Bible Study led by Fran Dotterweich [click here]
  • D365 daily devotions
  • Psalm 91 daily reading for 91 days and occasional video commentary led by SHPC staff (see above)
  • SHPC Instagram posts with Scripture for meditation
  • Walk our SHPC outdoor labyrinth behind parking lot with accompanying guide (click here for guide)
  • Share Scripture with others (list provided below)
  • Link to Professor Cynthia Rigby about Reformed Theology 101  Send any follow up questions to
  • Join an existing small group (by sharing email with Mark at Sunday School sponsored zoom meeting by request; Men’s Group sponsored zoom meeting Thur. 8am
  • Additional Adult Education/Formation Resources:
  1. High quality video lessons for all stages of faith formation. They do sell dvd’s but some videos are available for free on their website Theocademy and youtube channel
  2. Just Worship: The Documentary: Just Worship explores the deep connection between worship and justice. This 33-minute film urges the church to answer God’s call to work for justice, reveals how taking part in worship is part of doing justice, and encourages the church to enact Spirit-filled worship that welcomes the coming reign of God. The documentary offered here shares highlights from the Just Worship conference in Austin, Texas. Documentary and discussion guide are online here: Just-WorshipVideo&StudyGuide
  3.  Everyday God-Talk from Theology and Worship ongoing series of videos that also include discussion and reflection questions. Visit this Facebook page where everything will be posted. Ttheologyandworship
  4. Free These Days online devotionals
  5. Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Justice Unbound online devotionals and other resources for young adults
  • Resources from Presbyterian Publishing (Thoughtful Christian, WJK etc.):
  1.  Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality by Tim Stead can help provide readers with mindfulness practices during this time.

Youth Opportunities

Children’s Opportunities

  • Home-delivered educational kits
  • Elementary Sunday School via Zoom
  • Art lessons, Bible stories, and listen to audio teachings read for you


We all need reminders during troubling times. Consider sharing these with someone you know.

For God’s PEACE

Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I will give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Colossians 3:15

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

John 16:33

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

Romans 8:6

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.


For COURAGE to carry on

Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Psalm 56:3-4

When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the one who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.


When facing FEAR

1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 94:19

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.

Romans 8:38-39

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Peter 5:6-7

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.