We have two great programs starting up this fall. Episcopal 101 is aimed at those adults seeking, inquiring, wondering and desirous of growing deeper in the faith. Youth Confirmation Classes are meant to support youth in their journey of mature commitment to faith. Please join us! Classes start on Sunday, October 1st after worship and will continue for 8 weeks.
Episcopal 101 for Adults
Do you have questions about what to believe as a Christian? How are we saved? What is heaven? Is the Bible truth, fact, or fiction? Why is Baptism so important? What if I don’t believe everything we say in the creeds? Are we supposed to pray for stuff? Is Jesus God? Why is there so much ritual in our worship? What is God calling us to do as the Episcopal Church?
If you are looking to know more about the faith and understand the Episcopal Church…
If you are hoping to be confirmed, to be received, to be reaffirmed in the faith, or to be baptized…
If you want to support your youth in their faith journey…
Then be a part of Episcopal 101 for Adults!
Be a part of the eight weeks of Episcopal 101 for Adults beginning October 1 from 11:30-12:30 in Room 214. Questions and inquiry are encouraged. We’ll delve into the answers. Be surprised at how scripture, reason and tradition reveal the truths of who we are in Christ, and as a tradition that has touched the hearts and souls and minds of folks for hundreds of years as the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church.
Be a part of Episcopal 101 for Adults by letting me know you’re in: email@example.com.
Each week introduces a new topic exploring the faith.
- October 1st: We’ll start at our beginning, as a member of a faith community, with our Baptism.
- October 15th: Bring your Bible as we learn of God’s saving love, grace and mercy for us through the story of God’s people throughout scripture.
- October 22nd: After looking at our history as God’s people, we’ll look at our history as the Church. What does it mean to be Episcopalian?
- October 29th: We’ll pray. Then, we’ll examine the practice of prayer, the prayer Jesus teaches, and why we pray.
- November 5th: We’ll romp through The Book of Common Prayer, our manual for worship and prayer. We’ll also examine the Creeds, and why we say what we believe.
- November 19th: God gives us spiritual gifts through the Holy Spirit in our Baptism. We’re called to use these gifts to make God’s world known. What are your spiritual gifts? How are you being called to use your gifts?
- November 26th: We’ll walk through our practice of worship. What is a sacrament? Every time we gather, why do we share in the Lord’s Supper? Why do we call it The Great Thanksgiving? Is Holy Communion another name for the Lord’s Supper? What makes that meal holy? Does it make us holy?
- December 3rd: As we explore that basic tenets of major world religions, we may well ask, who is my neighbor? If you’ve been in the church for a long time. Or, if you’ve not been with the church very long at all.
Episcopal 101 is aimed at those adults seeking, inquiring, wondering and desirous of growing deeper in the faith. Eight weeks can be a hefty commitment. We believe these weeks together will bond us to one another as small group ministry in the church so often does. At the same time, stuff happens and attendance is not always possible. So, we ask that in making the commitment to Episcopal 101 for Adults, you covenant to participate in six of the eight classes.
Youth Confirmation Classes
Those youth participating in a parallel eight week class on Sunday mornings will be preparing for Confirmation, known as a mature commitment to the faith. Parents and mentors of youth confirmands may wish to participate in Episcopal 101 for Adults as a way of learning along with your youth and supporting the youth in their journey. Each week, participants from both classes will receive three “Car Questions” to take along on the ride home for shared discussion.
Please contact Dana Hale with any questions about Youth Confirmation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Youth Confirmation classes are open to 6th – 12th graders.
- September 22nd: 6-10pm Half Lock-In at Epiphany as a Kick-Off (all youth invited)
- October 1st: Introduction, Establishing Group Norms, Baptism
- October 15th: The Bible: Stories about Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
- October 22nd: Knowing Our History: What does it mean to be an Episcopalian?
- October 29th: Made for Prayer: Examining The Lord’s Prayer and exploring several other ways to pray
- November 5th: A brief history of the Book of Common Prayer, how to navigate it, and examine the Nicene Creed
- November 19th: Faith in Action: Spiritual Gifts Assessment – How will you continue to use your gifts in the church, in the community, and in the world?
- November 26th: A Heart for Worship: examining various aspects of worship, especially The Lord’s Supper
- December 3rd: Who is My Neighbor? Explore the basic tenets of major world religions
- December 24th-31st: Prepare a meal for Hypothermia Shelter (If families are gone for the week of the shelter, we will prepare a meal ahead of time that can be frozen and reheated).
We will meet from 11:30-12:30 each date listed with lunch provided. Sessions will be led by a team of adults who will alternate weeks: Hillary West, Kathleen Bellis, Ryan Hale, and Dana Hale.