Christian Formation

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CHILDREN

Christian spiritual formation is the process of being conformed to the image of Christ. It is inspired by the Holy Spirit and grounded in Scripture and a faith community.  We believe this is very important in the life of every child, and we seek to accomplish it through fun, engaging and spiritual studies and activities during the Sunday School hour.

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

Children’s Christian Formation meets from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Sunday mornings August through May in the Children’s Ministry Building.  Three classes are offered:

Grades 3- 5 – Friends in Service to Him (FISH)
Grades 1-2 – Kids of the Kingdom
Pre-K 3-5 – First Steps in Faith

All three classes follow the SPARK curriculum.  This program is designed to activate a child’s faith.  Every Spark lesson follows a four-part sequence: Gather, Open the Bible, Activate Faith, and Send.  Each week, children and their teachers gather together to explore their Bibles, enjoy fun activities, pray, and grow in faith.

Spark allows the children to connect the stories they hear in worship with the lessons they learn in Sunday school. Spark Lectionary follows stories in the Revised Common Lectionary. Throughout the three-year cycle, each lesson comes from a Bible story in the Old Testament, the Gospels, or Acts. Spark is a very interactive program and allows for hands on activities and take homes to share with parents.


YOUTH

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2

 

Youth Christian Formation meets from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Sunday mornings August through May. Two classes are offered:

Youth (Grades 9-12)
Youth Room

We are excited about the changes in the Youth Christian Formation Program. Ranie Neislar is leading a class for high school students. This class covers a range of topics all rooted in the concrete experiences of 9th-12th graders. We will simply be tracing how our faith lives are tightly tied (sometimes surprisingly so!) to our lives as 21st century Americans. Join us on Sunday mornings to have your mind blown and your faith enriched!

Youth (Grades 6-8)
Upstairs parish house – Room A 

Our youth will begin a new curriculum which focuses on BEING Christian rather than just talking ABOUT Christianity, and at the end of the multi-year program the youth themselves decide whether they are ready for the Rite of Confirmation.


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ADULTS

Adult Forum (10:00 a.m. Sundays in the Chapel)
Adult Christian education takes several forms as Saint Paul’s. Our Sunday morning adult forums are topic-centered series that run for a number of weeks.  Adults may participate in the forum of their choice. Topics are announced in the parish on-line Postings and on the website, and run the gamut from Biblical history to Christian responses to current affairs.

Family Foundations (10:00 a.m. Sundays in the Children’s Ministry Building)
Family Foundations is a Sunday morning Bible study for parents focusing on the Gospel lessons of the current lectionary cycle. This sequential study places the weekly readings from our Sunday worship into a full narrative of the core teachings of Jesus. The class provides a background and context for the beginning of a personal faith journey and a “foundation” for our families’ faith, while connecting parents at Saint Paul’s.

Saint Paul’s Book Club (4th Thursdays each month 10-11:30 a.m. in Tyler Hall
During the summer, Book Club members choose the selection of books to be read at their annual “Shoot-Out” in July. A wide variety of books, genres, and authors are considered. Each 4th Thursday of the month different members of the group lead the discussion and volunteer to provide refreshments. New members are welcome to join this group at any time for a single book discussion or for the full schedule.  The group meets at 10 am for refreshments and the book discussion begins at 10:30 a.m.

EfM – Education for Ministry (6:45 p.m. Sundays)
God calls every baptized person to ministry. Our church takes God’s call seriously, which is why The School of Theology at Sewanee developed the Education for Ministry (EfM) formation program. EfM offers you the breadth and depth of our Christian tradition and brings it into direct conversation with your personal experience of the world through study, worship, and theological reflection.

An EfM “group” includes six twelve members who gather weekly with a group guide for approximately three hours, seven months of the year for four successive years. EfM is a significant program AND it is no less wonderful, formative, and fun!

The cost is approximately $350 per participant per year, which includes all books, accompanying study-guide materials, and guidance from a trained group mentor.

Information Sessions and registration are held in the summer. Classes begin in September. For more information, contact the Reverend John Jenkins.