Christian Education and Formation
"Teacher, what should we do?" (followers of John the Baptist in Luke 3:13)
"Holy Father, protect them in your name . . that they may be one, as we are one" (John 17:11b)
Becoming a Christian is a lifelong journey that forms us in Christ to be Christ in the world. Learning about our faith and practicing it together in community is essential to this process. At St. Mary and St. Jude, we provide programs designed to do this.
For Families and Children
Once a month from October through April/May, families with children of all ages meet in one of the family’s homes for informal worship and teaching. Usually held on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm, this event includes the gathered community in prayer, reading from scripture, teaching from the clergy and Holy Communion.
It is followed by the fellowship of a pot luck supper for those who can remain.
Sunday School classes for children are also provided on Sundays when there is no House Church or a school holiday. We currently have 13 children enrolled in Sunday School and some younger ones soon to be a part of the group.
October through May
– Beth and Joe Renault are our teachers. They are using Weaving God’s Promises, a curriculum that addresses a variety of ages and allows for two different age groupings, Kindergarten through grade 5 and Grades 6-8.
for more information. Class is held upstairs in the Parish Hall, above St. Mary’s Chapel.
Families and Children in Worship
Part of our Formation program includes children active in worship on Sundays. As they are ready, children are invited to become regular acolytes, readers or greeters. Three to four times a year families are together in worship and children are involved throughout. Children are always included when there is a baptism.
Continuing education for baptized members occurs primarily in occasional Sunday adult forums led by the Rector, with occasional guest speakers. These look at current issues, new approaches to understanding our faith, and other church topics of interest and need.
During Lent, a Wednesday evening series of classes focuses on a topic that is chosen by those who are interested in participating. In 2008, we learned about Christian meditation. In 2009, we focused on an overview of the Bible. In 2012, we studied Celtic Christianity.
Bible study occurs from time to time and is offered by a member of the parish to the community in the summer.