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The Discipleship classes are designed to build upon one another; however, each class is structured so that you can attend when your schedule allows. Pre-registration for classes is requested but not necessary.

Free child care is available by reservation only. Please contact 7 days prior to the beginning of each class/series you wish to attend.

Bible Study
Bible StudySundays, 8:55–9:45 a.m., Room 304 (Bldg 300)
Taught by various leaders

Join us for 50 minutes between the Early Light and 10 a.m. services for this popular Sunday morning study. The class will use a standard set of questions to explore the scripture reading for that Sunday’s worship services. The study will emphasize new insights on how the scripture relates to everyday life.

What is the Bible? by Rob Bell
What is the Bible?Sundays, October 20–November 10, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Soulé Hall
Led by: Dr. William Prior

The Bible has always been of central importance to the Christian faith. Many people today, however, find it difficult to read. The result is that they stop reading the Bible, or don’t even begin. Rob Bell addresses this situation by asking the reader to think of the Bible as a human book that raises many questions for discussion. The class will examine Bell’s approach to the Bible and explore how it deals with many traditional problems that arise when reading it. Dr. William Prior, emeritus professor of philosophy at Santa Clara University and a member of the Discipleship ministry team, will teach the class.


Bethlehem: Then & Now 
BethlehemMonday, December 9, 7 p.m., Fellowship Hall

Daniel Bannoura, Lecturer of Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion at Bethlehem Bible College, will be taking us on a journey through the Biblical history of Bethlehem. His presentation will help us better understand the current situation in Palestine and Israel and ways we might support our Christian brothers and sisters. Prof. Bannoura was born in Jerusalem and received his BS in Physics and MA in Islamic Studies in the United States. He also holds an MA in Transformation: Scripture, Church and World from the London School of Theology.

Other Classes
Surviving the Holidays

A seminar and lunch will be offered on Saturday, November 16, from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Led by trained group leaders who have suffered loss, participants have said the coping skills and strategies they learned helped to enhance their holiday time. To register, contact Jean Ranck at or 408-739-1892. A suggested donation of $7.50 will cover the book and lunch.

Safe Church Training

The Safe Church Training classes are part of SVPC's program to ensure a safe environment where children, youth, and adults can grow in their relationship with God. This 90 minute class includes viewing of two half hour videos titled, “Safeguarding God’s Children.” Child care and snacks are provided. Pre-registration is helpful but not necessary