440 331-2405



21485 Lorain Rd
Fairview Park, Oh 44126

Phone: 440 331-2405
Fax: 440 331-1604
Email: church@messiahfp.org
Phone: 440 331-6553
Fax: 440 331-1604
Email: school@messiahfp.org

Adult Christian Growth

Our Ministry Goal

When people affirm their baptism through the rite of confirmation or by joining a congregation as adults, the Church prays that God will "daily increase in them…the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in [God's] presence" (Lutheran Book of Worship, p. 201).

Messiah's ministries support this prayer by offering adults a broad variety of opportunities to study the Scriptures, explore the Christian faith, and spend time in conversation with baptized peers. Our aim is a congregation of wise, Spirit-led people who will bless the world that God sends them into week after week.

Sunday Morning Studies

Messiah's Sunday morning education hour (between services, 9:50 to 10:40) includes three options for adults.

  • A pastor-led class that explores a variety of topics in the course of any given year, from specific books of the Bible, to the overarching themes of Scripture, to contemporary issues of Christian faith and life. It meets in the Commons.
  • A volunteer-led Bible study and reading group for women. It meets in the Conference Room.
  • The Prayer Shawl ministry, a group that meets for prayer and conversation while knitting or crocheting shawls for people who are homebound or in nursing homes. Associate in Ministry Priscilla Hinsch is a key leader. Meets in the Music Room.

Wednesday Studies

Two classes every Wednesday, one at 10 a.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m. are offered at Messiah Lutheran Church.  Topics vary, though the concentration is on Biblical studies. The evening class is sometimes preceded by Evening Prayer at 7 p.m.  Check Upcoming Events for more information.

G.I.F.T. - Girlfriends in Faith Together

Open to all women, this volunteer-led group meets on Friday mornings when school is in session, from 9:15 to approximately 11 a.m. The emphasis is on Bible study, usually with the aid of prepared courses that feature DVD presentations and workbooks.  A new session begins in mid-January.  Babies and toddlers welcome.

Faith at Work

Pr. Burce meets monthly with a group for Scripture-based discussions about the role of faith in the workplace. The venue is the Panera Restaurant in Rocky River, Center Ridge Rd. just west of Wooster. The time: 7 a.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, September through June.

Pastors' Information Class

This eight-week course in Christian basics is offered at Messiah two or three times a year. While designed for people coming to Messiah from other Christian traditions, it also gives long-time Lutherans a chance to explore the essentials of the Christian faith from an adult perspective.  The next class begins on February 5th.

Home Study Groups

A handful of groups meet regularly in the homes of Messiah members for study, prayer, and fellowship. Are you interested in forming or joining such a group? Drop a note to Pr. Burce

About Messiah of Fairview Park

Founded in 1929, Messiah is a gathering of baptized people who are committed to hearing and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in keeping with the confessional tradition of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Numbering about 1800 members, the congregation serves Fairview Park, the western edge of Cleveland, and neighboring suburbs.

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21485 Lorain Rd
Fairview Park, Oh 44126

440 331-2405


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