Classes And Programs

If you want to get together with people to talk about spiritual growth, study religious ideas, or simply enjoy their companionship, then check out what we have to offer.

The classes and programs listed here are the ones that reoccur at a set time, but there's a whole lot more going on at Olivet. To see a full list of our upcoming events, or to find out exactly when things are scheduled, take a look at our events page.

**Please note that, due to COVID-19, many of these programs are on hold, or are taking place online only. You can read more about our adaptations to the pandemic here.**

Classes

These classes are for everyone who wants to explore God's Word and talk about what it means to live according to its teachings.

Scripture Study Class

When: every other Friday from 8:00 - 9:30 pm

Where: the church lobby

Host: Rev. Jared Buss

This is a discussion-based exploration of the Bible. The format is very simple: we read a little bit, and then talk about the reading. We treat the Word as a guidebook for our lives; our goal is not simply to understand it, but to understand why God gave it to us and what He's asking us to do. If you're interested in joining a class, but aren't sure which one, then this is a good place to start.

Arcana Study Class

When: twice a month on Thursdays from 10:00 - 11:30 am

Where: the church lobby

Host: Rev. Michael Cowley

This class is very similar to the Scripture Study class, except that instead of the Bible, it explores the teachings of the New Church. The class takes its name from the book Arcana Coelestia (Latin for "Secrets of Heaven"), one of the books of the teachings of the New Church. You can learn more about Arcana Coelestia and New Church theology here.

Doctrinal Class & Supper

When: once a month on a Wednesday from 6:30 -9:00 pm

Where: the church hall

Speaker: either Rev. Cowley or Rev. Buss

If you're interested in a deep study of New Church teachings, preceded by a catered dinner, then this is the event for you! The class takes the form of a presentation by one of the pastors on a subject of his choosing (often a topical one), followed by a chance for questions and discussion.

Middle School Class

When: once a month on a Sunday from 12:00-1:00 pm

Where: the library

Host: a volunteer youth teacher

This class offers middle school students a chance to get together with their peers and a youth teacher to talk about today's issues in light of the church's teachings.

High School Class

When: once a month on a Sunday from 12:00-1:00 pm

Where: the pastor's office

Host: either Rev. Cowley or Rev. Buss

This class offers high school students a chance to get together with their peers and a pastor to talk about today's issues in light of the church's teachings.

Programs and Events

These are just a few of our connection-and-community oriented offerings.

Potluck Lunch

When: once a month on a Sunday immediately after church

Where: the church hall

Good food is one of the best tools for building happy communities. Potlucks are a fun social event for the whole family; everyone simply heads down to the church hall after worship, and then they eat!

Teen Weekend

When: twice a year

Where: various New Church congregations in Ontario and the northeastern US

This is one of our most exciting programs: teens from Canada and the US are invited to gather at a church somewhere in the Great Lakes region for a weekend of fun, religious discussion, and community service. These weekend events are held twice a year, in the spring and in the fall.