There is always more to learn and reflect upon
The spiritual journey is never a straight path, and often life offers unexpected detours along the way. To stay on the path requires commitment and intentionality along with a large helping of grace! The need for Christian formation never goes away; there is always more to learn and reflect upon as our faith deepens. To that end, here at St. Andrew we offer ongoing Christian formation for all ages.
Sunday school is held 9:00-9:50 a.m., between our two morning services from September through May. This allows participants in our Christian education programs to also attend the worship service. We believe it is important for children to be a part of our worshiping community from an early age, and strive to make our services child-friendly.
Nursery care is available during the school year from 9:00-11:00 a.m. for those children who are too young for Sunday school or unable to sit through the entire service.
At St. Andrew we strive to provide the tools to equip our children on their faith journeys by giving them opportunities to learn about Jesus, take an active role in worship, and discover ways to reach out to the wider world. The foundation for this is our Sunday School program, a Workshop Rotation program. Through the different workshop activities and projects, the children have the chance to really study each lesson in depth, and in a variety of ways. We also offer special programs and occasional inter-generational events for the special feasts of the liturgical year. A special communion class is offered during Lent for children of all ages. While in the Episcopal Church we welcome all baptized persons at the Lord’s Table, this class has been helpful for children and parents in teaching about the meaning and mystery of Holy Communion. Outside of class time, popular events for children include the annual Easter egg hunt, a special Palm Sunday program and the Christmas pageant.
In the fall of 2005 we began using the Journey to Adulthood curriculum with our middle school youth. We added a class for high school youth in 2007. Currently high school youth are invited to assist with our children’s program and most volunteer with our Elijah's Mantle Program.
Sunday mornings we have adult Christian Formation during the Sunday School hour, from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m., covering a broad range of topics. Topics discussed have included a journey through the Book of Exodus and discussion of different forms of prayer. Additional offerings include a monthly book group, and a Pilgrim's Pathway series presenting the Daily and Pastoral Offices and exploration of personal and communal prayer. We also offer a class each year for those who wish to learn more about the Episcopal Church and the basic tenets of the Christian faith.