Christian Formation

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Christian Formation 2018-02-26T10:20:07+00:00

Christian Formation:
Adults, Children and Youth

Power Hour (Adult Forum)

Sundays, 9:30am in the Parish Hall

Join us for our 2018 Lent series from ChurchNext, “Luke The Liberator.”

Looking at the gospel of Luke through the lens of liberty, we find good news for the marginalized. In this course, five instructors take different aspects of Luke as a liberator.

February 18: Introduction to Luke
We begin the series with an overview as John Lewis, a teacher and scholar of the gospels from The Seminary of the Southwest, introduces the Gospel of Luke and discusses who its author was, the audience to which its author is writing, and its most important themes.

February 25: Liberation for Women
The Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman, an award-winning religion journalist who has written extensively on women in the Bible, discusses the Gospel of Luke in the context of women. She examines women’s voices in Luke, Luke’s message about women in its historical context, and Luke’s Gospel as it applies to gender and social justice in the 21st century.

March 4: Liberation from Wealth 
The Rev. Ron Spann, a longtime social justice advocate, examines issues related to wealth in Luke’s Gospel. How does wealth enslave us? How does Christ free us from that enslavement? Ron addresses these questions and others in this class.

March 11: Liberated to Share
The Rev. Nurya Love Parish created the website for the Christian food movement, which calls Christians to re-connect the way they eat, grow, and share daily bread to the health of all God’s Creation. She talks about Luke’s Gospel in the context of giving — what it means to give; how Christ frees us to give freely.

March 18: Liberated to Preach
The Rev. Jay Sidebotham, founder of Renewalworks, focuses his work on church renewal — on freeing churches to grow in the spirit of Christ. In this class, he discusses Luke’s approach to spreading the good news of Jesus and what that means for 21st century Christians.

Non-Traditional Bible Study

Sundays, 9:30am in Father Bob’s office

Rob Bell is funny, smart, cool, and relatable. Join us to hear Rob share his approach to our Bible stories in a whole new way, followed by a group discussion. We meet in Fr. Bob’s office, and no preparation is needed. Facilitated by Matt Jackson & Deborah Quam.

Old Testament Review

Sundays, 9:30am in the Library

Mary Poteet leads a Bible Study every week that is making their way through the Old Testament this year. Using video sessions from Amy-Jill Levine, one of the world’s leading OT scholars, from Vanderbilt, you can bet it will be interesting and helpful to your understanding of God’s Word. Each session is independent, so come and learn when you can.

New to the Episcopal Church?

Our periodic class runs from the end of February through April to help people understand The Episcopal Church. We talk about how we worship, think theologically, and practice our faith. It is particularly helpful if you come from a different Christian tradition. You can join in at any point.

Wednesdays in Lent

Holy Eucharist 6:00pm, Supper 6:30pm, Studies 7:00pm

Fr. Bob Randall is leading a four-session study on faithful living in a world infected by the sin of racism. This series on Christian Ethics is designed to help us understand what is going on in our world and a Christian response. We want to learn how to be agents of change, by moving from being ‘non-racist’ to ‘anti-racist.’ Prior approaches in the wider church and society have focused on reconciliation and moving toward “color-blindness.” But many are waking up to the fact that this approach leaves many ill-equipped to deal with the current crises. Join us as we work with theologians and our own histories to become more effective in our own witness and support for a “Beloved Community.”  Meeting from 6:00-8:00pm on February 21, February 28, March 14 and March 21.

Children’s Sunday School

Sundays, 9:30am in the Day School

Here are our Stupendous Shepherds:

  • PreK-K: Marisa Walpert and Renée Skiles
  • 1st-3rd: Mike and Angela Lindsey, Julie Sterzing, Carolyn Weems
  • 4th-5th: Lisa Teeling

Cycle 5: Mystery of Easter, our Lenten Cycle, is based on the Stations of the Cross. 

February and March Workshops

  • Art– Create a handprint with Courtney Miani.
    Focus: Station 3-Jesus falls down.
  • Music– Use music to express emotion with Melanie Waggoner.
    Focus: Station 6-Jesus dies.
  • Kitchen– Bake “Resurrection Rolls” with Michael and April Improta.
    Focus: Station 7-Jesus is laid in the tomb.

March 18
Grades PreK-5 will celebrate a Passover Seder together, led by Rabbi Ellen Jaffe-Gill.

Cycle 6: Jesus calls the disciples, the “Twelve who Changed the World.”

April and May Workshops

  • Art– Create sand art with Martha Wilson. Focus: How do we know someone is a disciple?
  • Drama– Make a “Scripture Machine.” Focus: Remembering how Jesus called the disciples.
  • Stories and Games– Listen and play. Focus: Who were the disciples?
  • Movie– All grades will watch “Jesus Called Ordinary People” together.

Youth Sunday School

Sundays, 9:30am in Alfriend House

It’s a wonderful time of preparing our youth as they grow into adulthood and into a deeper relationship with God. They learn, develop relationships, and have some fun as well!

Classes and Mentors:

Rite 13 (Grades 6 & 7)

  • Mentors: Tony & Jenn Putzig, Zach & Janet Neumann
  • This month the group will participate in lessons about compassion, mercy, reconciliation and healing, and what all this means for how we live as Christians.

J2A (Grades 8 & 9)

  • Mentors: Tom & Carolyn Gerace, Michelle Vasquez
  • In March the J2A students will be taking a closer look at repentance and salvation, the disciplines of prayer and fasting, and learn more about servant leadership by looking into Jesus’ example of washing feet.

J2A-C – Grades 10 & 11

  • Mentors: Anna Sas, Jim Bulleit and David Beach
  • For the month of March, the confirmation class will discuss what baptism means for service in ministry, follow up on service projects (faith in action) and continue to plan for their upcoming Pilgrimage to England and France in June.

12th & College – High School Seniors and College Students

  • Leaders: Holly Waide and John-Michael Payne
  • Come for coffee, donuts & conversation at 9:30am on Sunday mornings. Holly and John-Michael are young Virginia Tech grads who enjoy spending time with people like you! Even if you are not living in the area, we want to include you in the group! (AND maybe send you a care package…) The group will meet for the first few months in Mother Ashley’s office. All 12th grade & college aged youth are welcome! It’ll be a time to have fun, get to know each other, and talk about what matters most to you at this time in life.