A Brief History of the

Kairos Class

      Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning the “right or opportune moment”. It is now used in theology to describe the qualitative form of time. In rhetoric kairos is “a passing instant when an opening appears which must be driven through with force if success is to be achieved.” (E. C. White, In the New Testament kairos means “the appointed time in the purpose of God”, the time when God acts (e.g. Mark 1.15, the kairos is fulfilled). It differs from the more usual word for time which is chronos (kronos).

When we organized our class in 1978-79, we decided that we wouldn’t be held to a time limit that we could study and discuss a lesson or scripture; we would take the time God would want us to take to understand and feel good about our what we understood. At that time we started studying the gospel of John rather than use the International Sunday School Lesson. The class then would decide each time our study changed, what we would study next. Since that time, we have used the International Sunday School Lesson, but in recent years, our present teacher, James Jackson brings us the lesson each Sunday that he feels led to bring. We agree to disagree in our class and we freely discuss everything, and still love one another. We have former Baptists, life-long Methodists, Catholic, Presbyterian, and people coming from no particular church background in our class. The diversity of opinions only adds to the liveliness of our discussions!

Carol Cleverdon  was the first teacher of the class and led it for 17 years. At that time, there were others who were ready and waiting to teach, and we had about four teachers who rotated their teaching. Walter Tatum, Ed Hand, Jim Beam, Bill Hust, were some who taught. When Bill Watts joined our church, he became our teacher until his departure into the ministry. Since then, I believe James Jackson has taught with various substitutes. James is very knowledgeable about the Old Testament.

Our class has always had lots of projects and services to the church. We led the way with the “Angel Tree” in 1979  which continues today. In the early years we gave parties for underprivileged children at Christmas. We gave scholarships for the state children’s health insurance program until it was no longer needed. We bought toilet tissue for the Ecumenical Food Pantry, now we give powdered milk. We did Meals on Wheels until some of our members became unable to do it. We participated in Relay for Life for a number of years, and have furnished snacks for Sunday morning coffee, as well as paid for the refreshments for children’s Sunday School. We are quick and generous with our giving from our Sunday School gifts. This year already we have contributed over $600 to church needs, memorials and charities.

We welcome everyone looking for a fun filled, Spirit led, open for discussion Sunday morning class. We have lost some of our members to starting up new classes to reach more people, to death, and to sickness. We miss all of them, but look forward to any and all who will visit with us, or decide to join us. We invite you to come to the room that is to the left of the stage.