Christian Formation is the name given to a variety of activities meant for all ages in our lifelong journey to the fullness of life in Christ. It has been said that “Christians are formed more than we are made. And we are formed over our whole lifetime.”
For children and youth at Grace-St. Paul’s, nurturing spiritual formation begins with regular worship and the Eucharist (i.e., Holy Communion) and is complemented by Church School. Our Church School consists of several classes for children ranging from ages 4 through 18.
During the regular school year, Church School meets every Sunday for all ages and begins in the church proper at 9:00 a.m. sharp for a musical gathering. (This same time, between the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services, is when adults meet for the Adult Forum in Craft Hall.) Following the musical gathering, children and youth move down to the basement church-school facility and meet in age-appropriate classes, in which they are engaged weekly in a scripture reading, a lesson with discussion, an activity, and prayers. (We are currently using the “Episcopal Children’s/Youth Curriculum” which is rich with the history and teachings of the Episcopal Church.)
Confirmation classes are offered in years in which the Bishop visits.
In addition to Sunday Church School classes, other enriching formation experiences in sharing and expressing our beliefs are coordinated, such as the annual Christmas Pageant and an interactive Palm Friday Holy Week Program, and in outreach/service projects, such as the “Warming Tree,” in which the children of the church collect winter gloves, hats, and scarves to give to those in need at Christmastime. Also, opportunities for children and teens to help lead in worship as acolytes and servers are available and encouraged.
For more information about Grace-St. Paul’s Church School, please contact the Church School Superintendent Gladys Longmuir via the Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (609)586-6004.