Christian Formation

Christians have been gathering to worship for two millennia, and have been learning about Christianity for almost as long. It is crucial for Christians – and for Episcopalians – to be instructed in and to grow in their faith outside of actual worship. Much of the richness and tradition of our unique worship service is lost without instruction:

Why do we celebrate the Eucharist each week? Why does the service sound partly Protestant and part Catholic? Where did the Prayer Book come from? Why do we still read the Old Testament when as Christians we follow the teaching of the New Testament?

 

Christian Formation Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to teach? It’s good to switch positions and be the leader instead of the learner. We are always looking for folks to lead children, youth or adult classes. Would you like to play with the babies? Many hands make light work in the nursery – and it wouldn’t have to be every Sunday.  Contact Calvary Episcopal.

Children & Youth

Nursery – A nursery is available for infants and toddlers under three. Parents who wish their small children to receive communion or a blessing at the altar rail are invited to get them from the nursery as others begin to receive communion.

Children’s Chapel – Held at 10:15 a.m., this is an age-appropriate alternative for children four years old through 5th grade. Young energy is welcome! Reading lessons, Bible stories, singing, and sharing a snack make this service special for kids. At the sharing of the Peace, the children enter the nave and join their parents for communion.  Children’s worship bags, filled with the weekly Sunday lesson, crayons and paper, are available at each entrance.

Vacation Bible School – This week of summer fun and formation is an extremely popular program at Calvary. The volunteers have as much fun as the children. Geared for ages 5 – 5th grade, and offered during late June, Christian thought and teachings are expressed in a fun and different way. Lots of hands-on experience and great fellowship!

 

Adult Classes & Events

Adult Classes – Many adults perceive “Sunday School” as for children only, then realize their faith journeys are frozen in adolescence. Christian Formation never ends! Adults bring their wealth of life experience to class and find the voices of the Bible speak to them on an entirely different and richer level. There are several classes, some year-round and some seasonal – watch the bulletin and newsletter for details.

Adult Bible Study – Meets in the library at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays, and links scripture to everyday life. All are welcome.

Food & Formation:  Wednesday Evening Offerings – A meal and special programs are offered at various times throughout the year for folks of all ages.

Intergenerational Gatherings – Frequently scheduled around feast days, these gatherings involve hands-on experiential learning for folks aged 3-99+.

Newcomer’s Classes – A series of four classes geared toward visitors and newcomers so they can learn more about Calvary Church.

Inquirer’s Classes – A series of classes offered for those who wish to explore what it means to be a Christian in the Episcopal Church, and/or to explore the process of confirmation. For people aged 16 and older.

Women’s Bible Study – A covenant group that meets every other week to explore the Bible and other related literature and their impact on life today.  Other small groups will form as parishioners are interested.

Quiet/Reflection Days –Held several times a year to provide a time apart for retreat through meditation, music, silence and small reflections groups.