Participation in the Bible Challenge will allow you to read the entire Bible in one year, in a structured fashion, using a schedule of readings that will not require you to read for more than about 45 minutes a day.
Every Monday we will post below, a video overview discussion of the major themes encountered in the week’s readings (Monday through Saturday), together with insights on the origins of the readings and their overall theological context. To the right are outlines for the readings that will highlight major theological issues and themes for the six days of readings for the coming week. A separate outline for for the upcoming Sunday readings can be found on the Grace Church website under “Christian Education: Adult Education: Bible Study”. In other words, you can follow the entire course of the Bible, and all of the Sunday lessons, in your own reading and listening, and you can use study guides prepared for each reading.
A nine-month course in the basics of the Faith and its practice. The Catechumenate meets one evening each week for an hour and a half over that nine-month period. The study is led by Mother Michele Whitford the Parish Catechist. The course culminates in either Confirmation, Reception, or Renewal of Baptismal Vows.
The goals of the Catechumenate are:
- To help each individual develop a deep, personal commitment to Jesus Christ and an openness to the work of the Holy Spirit.
- To provide knowledge and understanding of the basic tenets of the Christian Faith, the sacraments, and the history of the Church.
- To help each individual establish healthy patterns of prayer and spiritual discipline.
- To help each individual discern his or her personal ministries and spiritual gifts.
- To experience the power of Christian community and Fellowship.
- To have a lot of fun together in the process.
Weaving God’s Promises
Our children's Sunday School classes (4k-2nd, 3rd-5th) are using a comprehensive, three-year Christian education curriculum written exclusively for the Episcopal Church.
The “Mission” of Weaving God’s Promises
- To teach children how God’s promises of salvation are woven into our lives.
- To teach children the way of Christ, not only in the church but also in the world as Christ’s ambassadors.
- To give children a solid grounding for future youth and high-school formation programs, which prepares them for Christian adulthood.
- To foster the spiritual formation and growth of our children in Christ’s love and mercy and to teach the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Class sessions are structured around the Holy Eucharist as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer:
- Gathering: Simple activities focusing the children on the lesson to come.
- Telling the Sacred Story (Liturgy of the Word): Telling the biblical story.
- Prayer (Prayers of the People): Giving thanks to God for Gods presence with us.
- Sharing (Holy Communion): A time of fellowship and snacks with time for sharing that week’s story.
- Sending Forth: Closing prayer sends the children/youth to worship or back to their homes.
Children are welcome at any time and parents are welcome to sit in.
Our nursery consists of a main play room loaded fun things to do, as well as a quiet room with cribs, couches, and rocking chairs for nursing mothers and sleepy infants. Silent pagers are available if you would like to attend mass and Christian Formation "stress free" while remaining accessible to your children. You may even request periodic updates of your child's activities via the pager.
The nursery is staffed by paid staff and volunteers every Sunday from 7:50 a.m. through the 10:15 a.m. mass. If you have any questions, you may contact the church office (920)452-9659.