Learning More about Christianity
For the seasons of Epiphany and Lent, we will be using The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg. The books will be available in late December, and you can download a syllabus by clicking here. A description of the book follows:
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Looking ahead to Epiphany and Lent (January 7th through March 24th, 2018), the Adult Formation Ministry Team wants to have your input on what kinds of learning groups would best suit your situation and schedule.
We have been using learning groups at Saint James’ as a way to provide a structured and supportive environment in which meaningful conversations about our faith can take place.
Continue reading “(Brief!) Adult Formation Survey”
Dear Saint James’ Learners,
The next session is our last one for the season of Epiphany. I hope that all of you can attend one of the Sunday learning groups or the Tuesday learning group. Not only will we talk about the final two chapters (only 11 pages!) of our study book, but we will also look forward to the Lent course, “Learning More about Jesus and Holy Week.”
Scroll down to read the outline and study questions for our last discussion group.
Continue reading “Adult Formation Journal: February 23”
Dear Saint James’ Learners,
If you haven’t read the assignment for tomorrow, fear not. If you haven’t attended the sessions lately, fear not. If you feel guilty, have lost interest, or don’t want to be singled out, fear not!
I hope that all of the 80 parishioners who registered for “Learning More about the New Testament” will attend at least one of the two remaining sessions, if not both. The focus of adult formation at St James’ is to know that God is always with us, to be in community, and to continue our journey of learning more about God and how to be more faithful disciples of Jesus. So, please, come to one of the learning groups this week and next week.
I will be covering the book material and facilitating meaningful conversation, and I will do my best to make each session an event in which you will move deeper in your faith and closer to your fellow parishioners.
Attached is the outline for tomorrow and information about adult formation in the season of Lent and Holy Week.
(scroll down for an outline of The New Testament chapter 9 study guide)
Continue reading “Adult Formation Journal: February 18”
55 of you have registered for the “New Testament Stuff I Need to Know” course. That’s fantastic! It is a fact that congregations that read and study Scripture together grow together. We grow closer to each other and to God as we learn more about God’s Word and share our learnings with each other.
I have posted below the syllabus for the course. There are 20 more course books available, and I hope that every one of them finds a home with one of you. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org I am the facilitator for all Sunday sessions and most of the Tuesday sessions.
Continue reading “Update on Adult Formation | January 12, 2017”
For the next few weeks, we will be experimenting with our Sunday School organization. Godly Play will encompass 1st-5th grade. Godly Play is designed to be used for all age levels and we have wanted to expand the experience. This desire, combined with the struggle to recruit teachers for this oldest group, persuaded us to try something new. In the lead up to Lent, we will see how having the groups together works and then evaluate how to proceed from there. We’d love to hear feedback from parents and children as the process unfolds.
The First Sunday after Epiphany is also known as the Baptism of our Lord. Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into the Church.
We baptize people in the name of the Father…the Son…and the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we call the Father the Creator. We call the Son the Redeemer. We call the Holy Spirit the Sustainer. People are baptized at all ages, from babies through the very old. We ask the person about to be baptized questions, or the parents or godparents if they are babies. We say prayers for them.
Continue reading “Table Talk: Week of January 8, 2017”
A Report to the Parishioners of Saint James’ from the Adult Formation Discernment Team
The mission of the Adult Formation Discernment Team was to determine and launch new adult formation programs at Saint James’. Christian formation is Christian education with the added dimension of cultivating an openness to being formed and shaped by God.
The purpose of creating new adult formation offerings is threefold:
- to serve more parishioners, especially those who have not been regular participants in formation programs before,
- to choose one area of learning which could be a shared experience for the entire parish during a liturgical season or a period of time, and
- to provide both scholarly content and practical application to daily living.
The team gathered data through conversations with parishioners and a parish survey. More than a hundred parishioners participated in the survey. We also looked at resources and methods of learning.
Based on our discussions and discernment, here are the plans for the Season of Epiphany, January 6 to February 28:
Continue reading “Plan for Adult Formation in Epiphany”
Advent Begins This Sunday!
The Season of Advent begins this Sunday, November 27.
Your Adult Formation Discernment Team is inviting and encouraging the entire Saint James’ Parish to read and discuss What Are You Waiting For?, a book of brief daily Advent meditations written by Christine McSpadden, an Episcopal priest, and published by Forward Movement.
The Formation Team is providing a free copy to the first 100 parish households who commit to reading the daily meditations (two short pages) and discussing them in a group setting before or after worship on Sunday, or with a group of friends sometime during the week.
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Dear Adult Parishioners of Saint James’,
Fr. Ben has asked us to begin a process of developing adult formation programs at Saint James’. The term formation refers to deepening spiritual journeys through learning, praying, and worshiping in a way that both touches our hearts and minds, and allows us to be shaped and formed by God.
Here is our plan:
- Affirm and support current formation programs.
- Conduct a parish survey to learn the formation needs and preferences of adult parishioners.
- Discern and launch new programs for the Season of Epiphany (January 6-February 28).
- Create a ministry team or committee structure for the ongoing oversight and coordination of adult formation programs.
- Commission the leaders and participants of adult formation ministries on January 8, the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord.
We are using Survey Monkey for our parish survey, which will facilitate data compilation and analysis. We are asking every adult to complete a survey by November 23. We need to hear from you. We want to hear from you.
CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY
Continue reading “2016 Adult Formation Discernment & Survey”