Classes & Spiritual Care

Gospel-centered apprentices of Jesus should be continually growing, becoming “more and more in every way like Christ” (Ephesians 4:15). To that end, we seek to develop an apprenticeship culture that provides a nurturing environment and practical resources for spiritual growth. Since prayer is such a crucial element of Spiritual Care, at the bottom of this page you can commit to praying for others.

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Classes

We are a church that loves the Lord with all of our mind. Classes provide a place to receive in-depth teaching while others such as Baptism or Covenant Membership class prepare people for the next step in their discipleship journey. Some classes meet weekly and others take place quarterly or occasionally. The classes shown to the right are offered on a recurring basis, but keep an eye out for various “one-off” classes as well.

DIVORCE CARE

Thursdays starting 2.7 @ 6:30PM | Fireside Room

DivorceCare helps people recover from the pain of separation and divorce.  This biblically-based support group includes videos each week, small group discussion, and a workbook that reinforces each session’s topic.  The facilitators of our DivorceCare groups have been through divorce themselves, so they are helpful guides for discovering hope and experiencing healing.  VCC offers the class two times a year.

Grief Recovery

Saturdays @ 9:30AM-11:30AM | Fireside Room

This class is for people who have lost a spouse, helping them to find hope, support and successful ways to process this significant life event.  The class meets for ten weeks, and VCC offers it two times a year. Current class will run through 3.16.19. For more information, contact Linda Husted at 925-833-9013 or lihusted@sbcglobal.net

Adult Bible Fellowship

Building Life Together (BLT) is a fellowship that meets every Sunday at 10:45AM in the Seminar Room for additional in-depth biblical teaching and study, prayer, and worship through singing. They also hold regular outreach events such as Christmas caroling and banquets. Drop-ins welcome!

MEMBERSHIP

Next class on 1.27. Sign up below!

Covenant membership is faith incarnate: individual faith lived out in the corporate body of Christ (the church). It is purposely countercultural in our commitment-phobic world. But commitment is the context for love! Sign up below for the next class where you will learn not only all about our church’s doctrine, policies, and much more, but what it means to be a covenant member of Christ’s body.

Baptism

New Christian? Never been baptized? We baptize quarterly in tandem with our new member celebrations. Sign up below for the next baptism class where you will learn about the rich significance of this powerful symbol of God’s covenant faithfulness.

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Counseling

Are you getting married? Have you been through a divorce? Have you lost a loved one? Are you struggling with depression or addiction? Our pastors can meet with you on a short-term basis to help address your needs.

We can also provide a list of some of the Christian counselors in our area, although we can neither warrant the service of any counselor nor do we assume any responsibility for the service provided. If you are interested in any of the above or would simply like to meet with one of our pastors, please contact the Community Care Pastor at sid@vc.church.


Spiritual Care

Head-to-Heart

The Head-to-Heart class is an intensive discipleship process that addresses the problem that much of what we sincerely believe in our minds does not make it all the way to our hearts, leading to behavior inconsistent with our professed beliefs. This group experience addresses this issue through 1) focused biblical teaching on God’s affectionate acceptance of us, and 2) helping each person identify the “false pictures” that are deeply imprinted on their hearts by the fall, family, and culture that make it difficult to integrate God’s truth into their lives.  This class begins each year in October and meets weekly over a six-month period, with breaks for holiday seasons.  For more information, contact Sid Niemeyer at sid@vc.church

Training for the Unhurried Life

This class meets once a month to help deepen your intimacy with God.  The class includes teaching on various spiritual practices, followed by time for personal reflection and application.  The class meets in the Fireside Room during the 9:00 am Sunday service.  The next two classes are:

January 13, 2019: Delight & Margin

February 3, 2019: Contentment vs. Affluenza

One-Day Spiritual Retreats

The focus of these one-day spiritual retreats is to help each person further develop their personal ongoing conversation with God that deepens intimacy with him.  The day typically is comprised of several modules; each module includes a brief teaching on a topic and a spiritual practice and then participants are given resources and time alone to experience this practice.  We envision offering at least one of these spiritual retreats each year; our tenth one-day retreat will be offered in April, 2019. For more information, contact Sid Niemeyer at sid@vc.church.

Prayer Chain

A crucial part of our life together as apprentices of Jesus is to pray for one another. The VCC Prayer Chain offers a means for individuals to share their prayer requests (as well as praise offerings) with a large group of people. The prayer requests are incorporated into a Prayer Chain document (which also includes updates on previous prayer requests), and this document is emailed out each week to people who have volunteered to be a part of this prayer ministry.