Education is a significant ministry in the life of the Community Church, for we affirm that one is never done growing in the faith. To that end, the Education committee in conjunction with the Pastor and other professional staff offers a variety of programs for spiritual growth. In the past we have offered programs such as Islam 101, Handel's Messiah, Lost Christianities, the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Parables, Music Appreciation, and The Reformation. We have a number of ongoing weekly programs such as Bible study groups, a Monday lecture series, retreats, "small groups,"and book reviews. For specific information or times and dates of current programs, please contact the church office at 480.471.7239, view the church calendar, or email

Bible Studies

We offer a variety of different Bible Study and Small Discussion groups.

  • Parish Associate's Bible StudY

    Michael Northrup leads the weekly Bible Study on Tuesday mornings from 8 - 9 am, which have concluded for the season.  They will begin again in the fall.

    Michael Northrup leads the weekly Bible Study on Thursday afternoons from 4 - 5 pm in Founders' Hall (year-round.)  The current topic is the Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy. 

    The fall 2021 topic will be Matthew; Spring 2022 will be John.


    If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Michael Northrup at or call him at 480.322.9294.

  • the historical and Biblical Study Series Led by the Pastor

    The Pastor's Bible Study on Wednesday mornings from 9 - 10 am in Founders Hall which have concluded for the season. They will begin again in the fall (see scheduled topics below.) 

    If you have any questions or need more information please contact Pastor Cathy Northrup at 480.471.7239 or

    October 6 through December 8
    Mark (10 sessions)
    January 5 through March 9
    John (10 Sessions)
    March 16 through April 20
    Ephesians (6 Sessions)
    Will do 6 week study of James April 27th through May 25th if people desire it

  • Bible Study  

    From mid-October through mid-April, Ed Carpenter leads the weekly Bible Study on Thursday mornings from 7:30 - 8:30 am.  They have concluded for the season, but will resume in the fall.   

    If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Ed Carpenter at 480.734.1874 or All are welcome!

Spiritual Themes in Literature

Each month, the pastor will suggest a book to read. 

Books recommended for 2021/2022 are:


May:  Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

June: The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan

July:  The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

August:  In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

September:  Lincoln and Whitman by Daniel Mark Epstein

October:  The Nazi Officer’s Wife by Edith Hahn Beer

November: Dream Land: The True Tale of America’s Opiod Epidemic by Sam Quinones

December:  Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt


January:  The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

February:  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

March:  Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig

April:  Daughters of the Night Sky by Amie Runyan

May:  Firefly Lane by Kristine Hannah

June: The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason

July:  The Black Swan of Paris by Karen Robards

August:  The Dutch House by Ann Patchett


Center for Spirituality & the Arts

The Center for Spirituality & the Arts is dedicated to increasing our spiritual understanding and awareness through education and the arts. To that end each year we plan a comprehensive and unique series of lectures and artistic events to expose us to new ways of thinking and experiencing God.

Our programs can be found on the website under Calendar & Events. Click on "calendar & events" to find information on our upcoming concerts and lectures.  For information about obtaining tickets, please contact the church office at 480.471.7239 or email

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing concerns, all lectures and concerts for the  have been postponed until deemed appropriate.