Join us Sunday mornings at 9:15 as young and old share the good news of the Lord through worship, fellowship and song. All of our curriculum study comes from “Living the Good News.” This is a Lectionary-based, liturgically-centered, Christian education in the Episcopal tradition, shaping and transforming lives and communities through shared experiences of the Sunday readings.
The younger children are divided into several age groupings and learn about worship, the church, the Bible, and their faith. Our wonderful Sunday School teachers guide the children’s learning with songs, games, art, and other creative activities. We believe that an important facet of children’s growth takes place in each of these activities.
St.Paul’s teens, the Episcopal Young Church-people (EYC), grades 7th through 12th, besides following their study level of “Living the Good News,” also meet once or twice a month to engage in special projects and have fun together. EYC group activities in the past have included a 30-hour famine experience to benefit “World Vision.” World Vision feeds the hungry around the world. During the famine experience, the young people toured the downtown area walking as homeless, hungry people. During the tour they visited the historical St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church.
ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION
The Christian Formation sessions at St. Paul’s are designed for people who seek God and wish to grow spiritually in a nurturing environment. At St. Paul’s we recognize that we are given an abundance of opportunity and resources that allow us to discern for ourselves how we engage our God, work in His name, and live into the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We pursue our studies through a varying array of media by learning from those who have gone before us; i.e., biblical figures, clergy persons and theologians, world leaders, our peers, and our own experiences. St. Paul’s Christian Formation permits us to fulfill our covenant through scripture analysis, lectionary study, works of theologians, tradition, reason, and our own experiences of living in creation through God’s grace.
Currently utilizing the adult level curriculum of “Living the Good News,” past Sunday Adult sessions have included book studies: Peace Is Every Step, The Screwtape Letters, The Forgiveness Book, Soap and Water, The Word Is Very Near You, and the Prayer of Jabez. One of our Book Discussions was on Ann Patchett’s The State of Wonder.
St. Paul’s offers other adult classes throughout the year that require more commitment of time and study. Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year program that meets weekly in the evenings on a semester schedule. Inquirers’ classes prepare people for Confirmation and are offered periodically before the bishop’s visit. A Women’s Bible Study meets every Tuesday afternooon at 1:00 pm. Our men’s group, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, also has a Bible study component.
Weekend and evening courses are offered once or twice a year according to the needs and desires of the parish. Some of these have included a Human Sexuality Study, Racism Discussions, Parish Growth and Development Studies, and an interfaith study on the Genesis Series.
St. Paul’s does seasonal studies too. Our Lenten and Advent Programs are open to the community at large and are well attended.
St. Paul’s facilitators, teachers, and mentors for classes come from our parish laity and are well-informed and learned people.