CONNECT

Real life change happens in the context of relationships. We believe one of the best ways to grow is in connection with other people who will encourage and challenge you.

Life Groups

We believe that you can’t do life alone. At BPC, life groups are how a crowd becomes a community and how we grow in relationship with God and those around us.

Classes

We want to help you grow deeper in your relationship with Christ and transform ordinary women and men into fully alive Christian disciples.

Care

We all go through difficult seasons in life, but you don’t have to face it alone. Our Connect Care Ministry offers groups, classes and individual support for you during these times.

Life Groups

Life is not meant to be lived alone. God created you as a relational being, meant to experience life with other people.  That’s why at Bidwell Presbyterian we encourage you to join a smaller community where you can be yourself and grow in your walk with God.

Groups come in all shapes and sizes – married couples, singles, men, women, kids, no kids, workplace, young adult, senior – the list goes on.  No matter where you are in life, there’s a group for you.

To find a Life Group, learn more, or to lead a life group, complete our online form (button below too) or contact Allison Simcox, BPC Life Group Coordinator at (530) 343-1484 or asimcox@bidwellpres.org

 

 

 

 

 

Classes

Bidwell Presbyterian Church offers five terms of adult classes each year. Classes are taught by people from our staff, congregation, and community. Class subjects change each term. Most classes are offered at no cost to the participants, although some may require or recommend books you will need to purchase on your own or purchased from the teacher at the first class.. Typically BPC classes are held Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm and Thursday mornings at 9:30 am. Special weekend classes will be scheduled periodically throughout the year. Registration deadline for the Lenten Term is March 10, 2019.

Childcare Registration

Childcare for birth through 5th grade is offered during Wednesday night classes for free (with at least 1 adult attending a class). Check your children in on the first floor of the main church building. Our childcare workers are CPR and First Aid trained. All childcare staff and volunteers have undergone thorough background checks and training. Registration is required.

Mid Week Dinners

During class terms, we offer a family-friendly meal in our fellowship hall at 5:30 pm. It’s a great way to meet other people and enjoy a meal together before going to class.
Menu for Wednesday 5/22/2019: Ham Quiche (Vegetarian option available), Assorted Fruit , Full Salad bar, Texas Sheet Cake

 

 

Books

You are responsible for acquiring your books for your classes, unless otherwise noted. Check the class description for details. You may shop locally or online from retailers such as Amazon.com or check at your local library.

Sunday Study

A weekly study and discussion group open to all ages and stages. We look at various books and themes from the Bible as a means of informing and enriching the participant’s Christian walk. This is a drop-in style class that meets every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in room 012.

Straight from a Pastor's Heart: The Message of First Timothy

Two great concerns drive Paul’s first letter to Timothy. 1) How can we allow the Gospel to transform the whole of our lives, so that our outward expression of faith springs from the inner core of who we are? 2) In a polarized and anxious world, how can we build up our household of faith with mutual love and support? Along the way, we will deal with the perplexing question of Paul’s attitude toward women. Recent scholarship has been very helpful and illuminating. We will take time to explore this thoroughly!

Let’s just say it. There are a lot of people today who claim that St. Paul was a chauvinist jerk who tried to silence women.. This course will carefully explore the language and context of Paul’s remarks concerning this issue. Once we have done that, we can celebrate the great gift that Paul offers us in this letter: a real life grounded in genuine love, good conscience and robust faith.

Teachers: Allen McCallum and Tammie Veach

Allen McCallum is a semi-retired Presbyterian Minister who serves as a Teaching Pastor here at Bidwell. The focus of his Doctor of Ministry degree was congregational renewal through Biblical study. Allen’s greatest joy in ministry is helping people discover the transforming power of Scripture. Since the Paradise fire, Allen has been living at his daughter and son-in-law’s home in Chico.

Tammie Veach is an ordained minister, she has served as a Youth Pastor, Teaching Pastor, and even the solo Pastor of a small church. She loves to help people dig deeper into God’s word and is excited to be a part of the Wednesday and Thursday Mid-week class team. Tammie, her husband, and two kids moved to Chico from the Bay Area in 2013 to enjoy a quieter life with their horses.

This class will meet every Wednesday Night from April 24 – May 22, 6:30 -7:45pm.  Dinner is available beforehand at 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.

This same class will also be taught every Thursday morning from April 25 – May 23, 9:30 –  11:00 a.m. in Room 210. Snacks and coffee will be provided.

 

 

 

Nurtured Heart Approach

Nurtured Heart relates to children in a way that not only reduces or eliminates unwanted behaviors, but more importantly reshapes a child’s image of themselves. Theory and practice will be a part of the class process.  This class is open to parents, educators, and counselors who want to reduce or eliminate negative behaviors and build inner wealth in challenging children. Suggested Reading: “Transforming the Intense Child Workbook”, by Howard Glasser,  Available on Amazon.  Workbooks will be available for purchase at the class (check or cash only)  Purchase price to be determined.

Teacher: Jeff Bisaga
Jeff is a licensed psychologist who has been in the field of child therapy for the past 40 years. In addition to his private practice, for six years he worked as a clinician in an elementary classroom for emotionally disturbed children run by the Butte County Office of Education. It’s out of that experience along with, counseling children and families trapped in negative behaviors and conflict, he brings the tenets of the NHA to life.

This class will meet every Wednesday Night from April 24 – May 22, 6:30 -7:45pm.  Dinner is available beforehand at 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.

 

The Meaning of Marriage

5 Week Intensive – A Discussion on Tim Keller’s “The Meaning of Marriage”, and how it communicates The Gospel.  In this 5 week conversation, Pastor Henry will guide us to look at this book more closely and how it impacts our relationships including marriage and can shape our understanding of the Gospel and Reformed Faith.  Throughout the sessions, Henry will send assignments for your reading during the week to inform your own married life and/or relationships, and to provide guidance to apply the material.

Teacher: Pastor Henry Hansen
Pastor Henry received his Master of Divinity at Princeton Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry at Fuller, went to undergrad at University of Arizona and finds that one of the incredible privileges of following Christ is that we always maintain a humble posture of being lifelong learners.

This class will meet every Wednesday Night from April 24 – May 22, 6:30 -7:45pm.  Dinner is available beforehand at 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Care

The Congregational Care arm of the church exists to be Jesus’ loving presence, his hands, and feet, in very tangible and deliberate ways. We seek to actualize Paul’s instruction to the Galatians, “Carry each other’s burdens” by reaching out to those in our church body and in the community at large who are in need of healing, who are experiencing a life crisis, or who are marginalized.

Restoration Dinner – May 23

Join us for a special dinner and short program for our community affected by the Camp Fire.  Anyone who was evacuated, has experienced loss, or is hosting individuals is welcome!  Our program will be presented by Judy Thompson and Nancy Calkins of the Growing Place (exact topic not yet known) and the Stephen Ministers will also give a brief presentation about the work they do.
Dinner starts at 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.  There is no cost but we need RSVP by May 19.  To RSVP: Contact us at 343-1484, or go online at bidwellpres.org/connect/#care/, or complete the back of the RSVP postcard available at the church office and the Welcome Cart on Sundays. Childcare available upon request.

 

Deacon Ministry

A deacon ministers to those who are in need, to the sick, and to the friendless.

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers provide high-quality, confidential, and Christ-centered care and support to people who are experiencing grief, divorce.

Support Groups

We offer a variety of support groups to help individuals, couples and families deal with various life issues. Support groups provide a ring of supportive love and care around an individual who finds him/herself in a time of crisis, challenge, and/or heartache.