Christian Formation Offerings

Infants, Children and Youth

On Sunday mornings children should be brought to the appropriate room no later than 10:00 am, following the 9:00 am service. Formation ends promptly at 11:00 am. Children in Grade 2 and younger will need to be picked up and signed out. 

Nurseries: open on Sunday mornings from 8:45 am - 12:30 pm

  • 6 weeks - 24 months - Room 101
  • 2 - 5 years - Room 102

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

 Teaches small children how to be in the presence of the Holy Spirit by performing intentional and thoughtful acts of liturgy.

  • Age 3 (by 9/1/17) - Room 305
  • Pk4 - K - Room 301
  • Grades 1-3 - Room 304

Weaving God's Promises

This comprehensive Christian education curriculum was developed and written exclusively for the Episcopal Church by Morehouse Education Resources. Old and New Testament as well as Liturgical content are included. We believe it builds on The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and provides a foundation for the 6-12th grade curricula they will encounter.

  • Grades 4 - 5 - Room 306

Youth - Life and Lectionary

Middle school and high school students break into adult-led small group discussion based on age and gender. These groups encourage discussion and sharing on spiritual themes in relation to their lives inside and outside the church.

  • Grades 6 - 12 - Youth House

Adults

A Layperson’s Stroll Through the Book of Common Prayer led by Allan Andrews. Class begins August 19 and continues on into the year. Newcomers to the Episcopal and Church often become enamored with the Book of Common Prayer but remain puzzled and confused by its exhaustive magnificence. Even lifelong Episcopalians they are strangers to much of the Prayer Book and its sixteen sections. Come join with a group of fellow seekers and explorers as we take a stroll through the Book of Common Prayer to discover its beauty and importance to our spiritual living. Allan, as your tour director, will rely upon his five decades of “slouching towards Canterbury” to help seekers understand how this book guides and shapes one’s Christian faith. Meets in the Chapel.  

The Gospel According to Harry Potter: Unpacking the Spiritual Themes of this Modern Epic led by Lisa Barrowclough. Class begins September 16 and concludes November 11. Join Pastor Lisa to discover how this popular text about wizards can inspire and explain our faith. From darkness and sin; through sacrifice and sacrament; to resurrection, light, and hope; Harry Potter is one of the great retellings of our Christian story! Meets in Room 208.

Galatians: The Christian Declaration of Independence led by Andy Menger. Class starts August 19. Confused about salvation and the road to the same? Come join a group who will dissect this Pauline letter to discern Paul’s take on the uselessness of self-merit, philosophies, cosmologies, and law. Paul magnificently delves into the bedrock of justification by faith in Christ and His grace, and points to Christ alone as our “hope of glory.” This study could well be titled “The Importance of Being Christian! Meets in the Conference Room. ”

The Pilgrim?s Way for Adults led by Robert Fain and other members of the Parish Formation staff. Good Shepherd recognizes that in the cultural context of the new apostolic age that it is the parent who is the primary catechist of the child and that the home is the primary Sunday School classroom. The Pilgrim?s Way is our parish?s response to the challenges of raising our children in this culture. The class is designed to encourage and equip parents to assume the awesome responsibility and privilege of teaching their children to know, love and serve God. The opening two sessions will be led by Jinny Bradshaw and Lydia Bliven and will introduce to parents and other adults the exact methodology and goals of our children?s formation program entitled The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Parents, if your children are in program or if you want them in the program, then here is your guidebook to understanding how it all comes together. This class starts August 19 and continues through the year.Meets in room 302.

Trust in God With All Your Heart led by Ralph Kitchens. Sessions begin October 7 and continues to the 14th and the 21st. The emphasis will be on Proverbs Chapter 3: 5-6. Ralph is a superb teacher and has spent a large time in deep contemplation on the question of just how is it that we “trust God?” Here is another short offering that might be just the spiritual tonic you need! Meets in Room 209.

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