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Christian Formation

Christian Formation is the ongoing process of becoming the people God is calling us to be. We come together to read, discuss, and learn so that we might better know God and be transformed. St. Jude’s offers a variety of programs to enrich the lives of our members and help them to grow together.
We believe that adults still need to learn, and children need to be nourished in the faith and welcome in our worship – our Sunday morning schedule is listed below.  You are invited to attend any age appropriate group that sounds interesting to you, and your questions and doubts are welcome to come with you.

Sunday School

Christian Formation for Children and Youth

Godly Play – 10:25 a.m.
(Children in Pre-K through Grade 5 are invited to participate in Godly Play during the first part of the 10:30am worship service. Children will then join their parents for Eucharistic Prayer or Communion.)

What is Godly Play?
Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond.

For more information check out this video introduction to Godly Play
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw_mrzZJx00

Youth Group – after 10:30 a.m. worship service
Resources for Parents for Nurturing Faith at Home.

 

Adult Education

Multi-Generational Programs
Sunday Morning Study Group – Sunday’s at 9:30am
Members read books on different topics and come together to discuss how their reading informs the Christian Life.

 

Lenten Study

Wednesdays in Lent, 5:30 Soup Supper, 6:15 Study
St. Jude’s has a long tradition of sharing this program with our ecumenical partners at First Presbyterian Church. We alternate sites, so see The Beacon for details. Topics vary from year to year based on the interest of those involved.

 

Other Offerings

Based on demand we also will offer classes for those who are new to the Episcopal Church in order to teach them about us and help them more fully participate in the life of our church.
Members of St. Jude’s also participate in formation opportunities outside of our church including the diocesan school for ministry, and Education for Ministry classes.