Change of Pace South (COPS), a community women's Bible study supported by the Friendship Foundation, will begin its winter session on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Providence Church, 269 Cinder Road, New Providence. Breakfast refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall prior to a time of worship and music in the church sanctuary. Four courses of study will be offered this session, including "God of Creation," "Hoping for Something Better," "Psalm 23: The Shepherd With Me," and "Jesus Among Secular Gods."
"God of Creation: A Study of Genesis" by Jen Wilkin is a DVD-based study with a workbook that addresses deep questions: Where did everything come from? Why is the world so broken, and how can that brokenness be made right? The in-depth study of the first 11 chapters in Genesis will reveal a transcendent God and will aim to shape participants' understanding of the Bible as a whole. The course will meet for a total of 13 weeks.
The study of "Hoping for Something Better" by Nancy Guthrie will also meet for 13 weeks. According to Hebrews 11:40, God has something better planned for His children. The book of Hebrews was written to people who lived with disappointments and doubts and needed to see clearly what makes Jesus worthy of worship and pursuit. The thorough and practical book study of Hebrews aims to direct hope to Jesus.
"Psalm 23: The Shepherd With Me" is a seven-week DVD-based study by Jennifer Rothschild that points women to the powerful tenets contained in the familiar Psalm, including that God is the Good Shepherd who provides the protection, comfort, guidance, rest, and companionship many women long to have. The study includes a workbook with daily personal assignments.
The second seven-week study option will be "Jesus Among Secular Gods" by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale. Through DVD and workbook lessons, the study aims to prepare participants to defend the hope of Christ against the cultural philosophies that are prevalent today, such as atheism, scientism, hedonism, relativism, pluralism, and humanism. A conversational approach will be encouraged in learning about these views and sharing the claims of Christ with others.
The two seven-week studies will be followed by a six-week study of "Finding I AM: How Jesus Fully Satisfies the Cry of Your Heart" by Lysa TerKeurst.
In addition to the Bible studies, a prayer group will be available for women to attend at any time. COPS is interdenominational and welcomes women from all generations, churches, backgrounds, and experiences. The group will meet regularly on Wednesday mornings for a total of 13 weeks throughout the winter and spring unless inclement weather would prompt a cancellation. Weather closings will be posted at http://www.changeofpacesouthpa.org.
Women are encouraged to preregister at the group's website. Registration may also be done in person on Jan. 16. During each meeting, children will be supervised by dedicated child care workers who strive to provide a loving nursery for infants and toddlers as well as a program for 2- to 6-year-olds to learn Bible lessons enriched with related crafts, songs, games, and activities. Supervision is also provided for homeschooled children.
There is no fee to attend COPS, but there is a cost for study materials. A freewill offering will be accepted each week to cover child care expenses. For more information, women may view the website or call Jennifer Hatch at 717-548-2962.