Christian Formation

Christian Formation

Get Involved:  Volunteers are always needed to teach classes or lead special events. Please contact Nancy Johnson with any questions.

Sundays, 9:00-10:15 (during church service):

Two-, Three-and Four-Year Old and Kindergarten:
These classes use Living the Good News, a lectionary based curriculum that uses the weekly Gospel lesson as the theme of each week.  Their class time includes weekly worship.

First Grade: The children in this grade spend the year preparing to receive Holy Communion.  They use the Living the Good News urriculum and other Communion preparation materials in their class.  They also participate in a Communion workshop on a Saturday morning close to their Communion Sunday, and along with their parents, explore many of the Communion themes they have learned about during the year. Their class time includes weekly worship in the chapel.

Grades 2-4:  Students meet in the chapel for a brief service and then go with their teachers to class to explore the lesson with the Living the Good News curriculum.  Children return to their families in church during the Peace and stay through the end of the service.  

Sundays, 10:15-11:00 (between church services):

Grades 2-4: The Good Shepherd's Club provides a fun, informal activity time for this age group. Programs rotate weekly and include singing, games, service projects and crafts.  During Advent the children participate in a program "Journey to Bethlehem" for three weeks and during Lent, "Jerusalem Market Place" for five weeks.

Grade 5:  These students attend church with their families and have class in between the 9:00 and 11:15 services.  They use the Living the Good News curriculum.

Grades 6 & 7: These grades join together for a 2-year Rite 13 class. Rite 13 is the first step in the Journey To Adulthood (J2A) program. These young people will spend three years together building community and begin taking their first steps away from the roles they have played in their families and into some new roles in the church. This program includes a liturgical rite of passage around their 13th birthday, celebrating the gift of womanhood and manhood.

Grades 8 & 9: In the Fall these grades use theJ2A curriculum, the next step in a program of spiritual formation that begins with Rite 13. Fun and interactive lessons teens explore their relationship with God. In the Spring, this class completes a 12-week program to prepare for Confirmation in May.

Sunday Morning Extra: Parents of children two years old through First Grade may have their children attend an extended morning program in the Church School from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. so that they can attend the adult education programs, teach a Church School class, or enjoy coffee hour provided after the 9:00 service. This program will be held every Sunday that Church School is in session.

Sunday Morning Adult Study: This group meets periodically after the 9:00 service for Bible study, a video, or for a book discussion on a particular topic of interest.  Dates and topics will be announced in the Sunday bulletin.
 
Centering Prayer Group: Do you yearn for a more meaningful spiritual journey?  Consider joining us at one of our meditation times in the Chapel on Sunday mornings each month or at one of our retreats.  
 
Adult Education Hour Speakers: Adult Education Hour Speakers will be announced in the Sunday Program.