LedChildren ages 2 years to 5th grade will meet for Christian Formation from 9:05 to 9:35. They will process from the church during the Praise Song and return during the Peace. Youth and adults will meet after hospitality from 10:30 to 11:15. Activities will be available for children so their parents can attend Christian Formation. Sunday Morning During the School Year - Children Godly Play and The Path are for our younger parishioners from age 2 to 1st grade under the direction of Miss Dani. Godly play is “an imaginative approach to working with children, an approach that supports, challenges, nourishes, and guides their spiritual quest.” Click to learn more about Godly Play.
Sunday Morning During the School Year - Upper Elementary Weaving God's Promise is the program for our upper elementary parishioners from 2nd to 5th grade under the direction of Miss Shyanne and Miss Maddie."Weaving God's Promises for Children is a comprehensive three-year curriculum developed exclusively for Episcopal children." The mission of Weaving God's Promise is:
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 youth ministry, which prepares them for Christian adulthood.
To foster the spiritual formation and growth of our children and youth in Christ’s love and mercy and to teach the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Sunday Morning During the School Year – Youth and Adults That the World May Know by Ray Vander Laan Led by Father Paul and Gwynne Olson Introduction While the scriptural message from God is eternal and unchanging, the specific circumstances and conditions of the people of the Bible are unique to their times in history. As we write the current chapter in God’s narrative that began thousands of years ago, we look to scripture for guidance in our lives. And we most clearly understand God’s truth for us when we know the cultural context within which God spoke and interacted with the people to whom he was communicating. These DVD’s take us back to the land of the first believers and utilize the latest archaeological research to help us better appreciate the who, what, and where of the Bible stories. The Bible is filled with concrete images to help the understanding of its readers; therefore, to better understand the bible, we need to better know the perspective of the people that thought and spoke in terms of those images in their daily lives. Whereas Westerners tend to collect information to find the right answer, Hebrew thought stresses the process of discovery as well as the answer. As we go through this study, we hope it will deepen our understanding of who God is – thereby bringing us closer in our relationship with God.
DVD 1 -The Promised Land Sunday, September12: Standing at the Crossroads We visit Tel Gezer, one of the greatest tels in Israel. To stand on this mound is to stand on the ruins of as many as five thousand years of human history. In ancient times, Gezer was a bustling crossroads; therefore, its artifacts provide much information about the culture, trade and travel of those times
Sunday, September 19: Wet Feet We will see and learn about the Jordan River, which to the Israelites was a barrier – an obstacle to be crossed in order to reach the land promised to them by God. After a 40-year trip, the Israelites finally stood on the east side of the Jordan. In this session, we’ll explore the significance of their miraculous crossing – for both Jews and Christians today.