The mission of the Christian Education Department is to promote and supervise Christian training that fosters the development of credible, committed Christian disciples. Through biblically-based, doctrinally sound, innovative and relevant education, training and worship, the Department works collaboratively with other ministries in the Church to disciple the entire membership.
The Christian Education Department provides resources for the development of committed Christian disciples with emphasis on developing a strong Christian life and service to the local church, district, annual conference and general conference.
The following core values will be integrated in the activities and teaching of all departments.
1. Build a relationship with God
2. Learn the Word of God
3. Grow in Christian character
4. Grow in the ability to worship
5. Succeed academically
6. Develop healthy lifestyles
7. Understand the history, doctrines, traditions and policy of the A.M.E. Zion Church 8. Become active members in the church
Varick’s Children’s Ministry – ages 4 to 12
Scripture: “Even a child makes himself known by his actions, whether his deeds are pure or right.” (Proverbs 20:11)
Prayer: Lord what I am not, make me. What I know not, teach me. What I have not, give me. Amen.
We teach our children through Wednesday night Bible Study, Sunday School and Children’s Church.
Varick International Christian Youth Council – ages 12 to 22
To cultivate spiritual growth and spiritual development among the youth through Wednesday night Bible Study, Sunday School and Youth Sunday observed the 5th Sunday of the month.
The activities and teachings continue to help our youth grow stronger in their Christian journey.
The denominational theme is Beyond the Bounds which encourages our youth to know that with Christ all things are possible.
Colors – Red (blood of Jesus) and Purple (royalty)
Theme Song – “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”
Young Adult Christian Ministry (YACM) – Millennials Ministry – ages 22 to 40
To encourage and motivate young adults to maintain committed lives to Christ and practice Christian principles. Provide an atmosphere in which young adults can develop and demonstrate their skills, talents and abilities to the furthering of Christian Education. The ministry accomplishes this by holding Wednesday Bible Study and other events that focus on current events and topics. They partner with members of the Varick Youth Council members to lead the 5th Sunday worship service.
Colors – Red (blood of Jesus) and Gold (royalty – we are chosen people and part of a royal priesthood)
Theme Song: “Pass It On”
It only takes a spark to get a fire going; and soon all those around can warm up in its glowing; that’s how it is with God’s love. Once you’ve experience it, you spread His love to everyone. You want to pass it on.
What a wondrous time is spring, when all the trees are budding, the birds begin to sing, the flowers start to bloom; that’s how it is with God’s love; once you’ve experienced it; you want to sing, it’s fresh like spring. You want to pass it on.
I wish for you, my friend, this happiness that I’ve found. You can depend on Him. It matters not where you’re bound. I’ll shout it from the mountaintop. I want my world to know. The Lord of love has come to me. I want to pass it on.
Zion Women Rock – Women’s Ministry
To inspire women of all ages to be true women of God; to encourage women to grow in their faith in Christ, and strengthen relationships with women of all ages. The women host Women’s Emphasis Month which culminates with Women’s Day.
Sons of Varick – Men’s Ministry Adults
Adults are still learning and sharing on their Christian journey and we offer two main opportunities for learning and sharing. Adult Sunday School is held each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Adults continue to study the word of the Lord and exchange thoughts and ideas. The second opportunity is Wednesday Bible Study. This is a time for fellowship and studying the word of the Lord. Bible Study has also included topics on money management, spiritual gifts and prayer.
Director Christian Education – Sister Patricia A. Scott
Varick Children’s Ministry – Rev. Crystal Harris and Sister Natalie Hamlett
Varick International Christian Youth Council – Sister Natalie Cole
Young Adult Christian Ministry (YACM) – Millennials Ministry – Rev. Clarence Jackson
Sunday School Superintendent – Sister Loretta Hill
Zion Women Rock – Women’s Ministry – Sister Claudia Turner
Sons of Varick – Men’s Ministry – Bro. Dantae Scott
Senior Brigade – Sister Edna Rouse
Sister Patricia Scott
Chair, Christian Education Department