In the Episcopal Church, we believe that Christian formation is the lifelong process of growing in our relationship with God, self, others, and all creation. Every experience in our lives provides us with an opportunity to express our faith; the challenge we face is recognizing these opportunities and learning ways to live a sometimes countercultural life in a secular world.
The fall schedule of faith formation classes at St. Simon & St. Jude are as follows:
Elementary (grades K-5) Weaving God's Promises (for Children)
This is a bible-story based curriculum developed by the Episcopal Church that comes in two age-appropriate formats: one for children, the other for youth. It has 4 main goals:
To teach children how God’s promises of salvation are woven into our lives.
To teach children the way of Christ, not only in the church but also in the world as Christ’s ambassadors.
To give children a solid grounding for future youth and high-school formation programs, which prepares them for Christian adulthood.
To foster the spiritual formation and growth of our children in Christ’s love and mercy and to teach the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Format: Mixed media
Time: Sunday morning at 9:00 in the elementary classroom in the Field Building
Teachers: Carol Neuburger, Melissa Genova, Beth Chapman
First class: Sunday, September 8th at 9am
Youth (grades 7-12) Weaving God's Promises (for Youth)
This is the youth version of the above. It has the same learning goals and objectives, but focuses more on student reflection and service in the church and the world.
NEW FORMAT: Our youth leaders have been working over the summer to find ways to make our youth offering more engaging and enjoyable to our young people. After a very successful Vacation Bible School this summer, our youth leaders began talking to those at St. Mary's and decided to try something different this year – a combined youth group that meets on alternate Sundays at each church.
Here's the plan:
Classes will meet at St. Simon & St. Jude on the 1st Sunday of the month, and at St. Mary's on the 3rd Sunday of the month. All youth are expected to participate on BOTH Sundays.
The classes will start at 12:00 and go till 2:00pm. Lunch will be provided by the host church.
All youth and their leaders are expected to worship at their home church, and then travel to the host church afterwards. All are expected to participate on BOTH Sundays.
Outreach projects will be part of the curriculum.
St. Simon & St. Jude – Beth Chapman, Doug Graul, Chris Johnson, John Olmo
St. Mary's – Tracy Matthews, Darwin San Quintin
First Meeting: Sunday, September 15th at 12 noon at St. Mary's
Adult Formation – Celtic Christianity: an Introduction
The Anglican experience has many roots. In Celtic Christianity, we will explore briefly the Celtic roots of our tradition, looking at the church as it flourished in the 4th to 7th century. Then, we will look at what was rediscovered in the 20th century, showing us how we can continue to renew our ancient roots for the mission of the church today.
Format: Video and discussion in the 1st classroom in the main building.
Leader: Fr. Jim Neuburger and Edwina Winter
First Meeting: Sunday, September 8th at 9:00
Adult Formation – New Member/Inquirers Class
Class for newcomers or visitors who "inquire" about the Episcopal Church. Instruction typically includes information concerning the beliefs, history, worship, and practices of the Episcopal Church. Participants in the class may be known as inquirers. Those who wish to become members of the Episcopal Church may be presented for Confirmation or Reception if they have already been baptized.
This class is open to all who wish to know more about the Episcopal Church or why we do things the way we do them.
Format: Book and discussion in the Library. Participants are asked to buy the book "Your Faith, Your Life" by Jenifer Gamber, available on Amazon and other places.
Leader: Fr. Mark Abdelnour
First Meeting: Sunday, September 15th at 9:00
(Note: Fr. Mark will be away on Sept 8th, hence the delayed start for this course.)