Spiritual Formation & Education
Linda Davis Siess
Children and Youth Program Coordinator
Spiritual Formation and Education happen at all levels and in varied ways at St. Paul’s Church. For Adults, a Forum Hour, a Bible Study based on The Story, and other opportunities to serve God’s people through our various outreach endeavors help form our spiritual lives.
For young people, we are mindful that Jesus said, Let the little children come to me. Everyone at St. Paul’s Church—teachers and parishioners alike—are pleased to welcome all children, youth, and their families. Church education enrollment is open throughout the school year, and opportunities for service and fun happen all year long.
Bob Keller, Coordinator
Sundays from Labor Day through
Memorial Day 9:15 in the Library
The Adult Forum is a discussion group which addresses a wide variety of topics including social issues, theological concepts, and more. Topics are chosen by the group, and various participants take the lead. A unique characteristic of this group is its willingness to share with others their own spiritual journeys.
The Story Bible Study
For Teens through Adults
The Rev. Meg Ingalls, Teacher
Wednesdays Labor Day – Memorial Day
5 PM in the Library
The Story is a 31-week chronological study of the stories of the bible from the Pre-history chapters of Genesis 1-11 through the revelatory vision of John as found in the Book of Revelation. The Story is a chapter book, reads easily, and makes the story found in scripture come to life.
Lydia Quinn, Caregiver
Summer Sundays 8:45 AM in the Library
Sundays 10 AM Downstairs in the Nursery
Little ones are well cared for in a dedicated nursery space by paid staff. Children are invited to join the service at The Peace and participate in communion. Child friendly materials are always found in the Narthex.
Sunday School / Spiritual Formation Programs
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (K-5)
Juliet Walker, Jennifer Mansfield, Jessica Moore, Lainie Ives, Stephanie Higgins: Teachers
CGS is a Montessori- based curriculum which uses beautiful visual materials, music, theatre, and activities appropriate for the spiritual development of our young people.
Emily Russin, Lead Teacher
Becky Piecewicz, John and Deidre Budzyna, Teachers
Teens are invited to talk the faith, receive the faith, and do the faith—discussing, debating, interpreting, and connecting faith to “real life.” They are challenged to put Compassion into Action in their communities and in the world. Through the 10 AM Sunday Youth Forum and the newly forming Youth Leadership team, youth and their friends enjoy fellowship and service opportunities year long. Some of our youth participate as acolytes, serve with Las Fronteras or the Diocesan Youth Council and as Camp Counselors at Barbara C. Harris Center, and go on mission trips to places like the border of Texas and Mexico. One of our youth even serves on the vestry of the church. On Youth Sunday the young people serve in all capacities except that of celebrant.
Important Upcoming Dates
October 6 Blessing of the Animals and Noisy Offering
High School Luncheon at Portside at 11 AM
October 13 No classes (Holiday Weekend)
October 20 Children participate Closing Hymn
“Go Now in Peace”
November 2 Baptisms welcome–please find form under
form and send it to Deb Hay at the office
Train up a child in the way he or she should go; and when the child is old, the person he or she has become will not depart from those teachings.
(based on Proverbs 22.6)
The Way of Love.
is a way of life
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