Youth Education Program
Preschool-5th grade Starting with the book of Genesis and the creation story. Your child will participate in a multi sensory program that is used across generations from Preschool-to 2nd grade group and 3rd-5th grade group. Each Story covers a four week period in which it is reinforced through Art, Cooking, Games, Drama, and Video. Each Story ends with a Children’s Sunday in which they share the story with everyone in the congregation. For child participation or Volunteer opportunities please contact Kristen Butt.
The Journey to Adulthood uses Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries a pilgrimage and both serious and playful activities in three age-groups:
Rite-13: The two-three years (6th, 7th & 8th graders) that focus on celebrating the individuality of each young person and their creative potential. The Rite-13 liturgy (A celebration of Manhood and Womanhood) is the community expression of this and a rite of passage form childhood towards adulthood.
J2A: The middle portion of the program (9th and 10th graders), engages youth with the skills and critical thinking involved in adulthood. The youth plan and embark on a pilgrimage together at the end of this segment. This experience is often the spiritual highlight of their youth.
YAC: This is a mentor-based program that helps older teens (11th and 12th graders) discern and carry out a ministry within their church or in the larger community. Vocation and development of a personal credo are also emphasized. A final rite of passage sends them out into the world as ambassadors of Christ.
YOOTS: Youths Rooted in Christ and Community. This is a group mixed with J2A, YAC, and other youths from the diocese and community. Taking the written word and lessons learned out into the community near and far. Check out the Yoot’s News for updates on projects and missions.
Adult Education Programs
Education for Ministry (EFM) is a program of theological learning at a distance. Sponsored by the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, it is a four year program which instructs students under the direction of a trained mentor in Biblical studies, Theology, Liturgy and Church history. Students sign up, however, for one year at a time. By virtue of our baptisms we are called to minister in this world. EFM gives the student the training and academic skills to minister effectively. If you have an interest in learning about the EFM program, please contact Faith Howarth. We will be starting classes in late September.
Small Group Ministry (SGM) embodies our congregation's mission statement, "To walk with Christ and share the journey". SGM offers a unique sharing experience that is Christ-centered and dissimilar to anything that we experience in our secular lives. Our small groups support us individually and collectively as we endeavor to experience life in a way that has been transformed through a living and growing faith. The groups promote a social, supportive and inspiring environment that attempts to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of its members. They are not designed to be a course in religion or therapy but an embodiment of our faith. We currently offer several opportunities including the following:
- Prayer Circle - Tim Moss
- Men's Fellowship - Tim Moss
- Women of Faith - Eleanor Legg