CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SCHEDULE
The Sunday program of Christian education at St. Stephen’s follows this schedule:
Adult education in the Parish Hall right after the 8:00 a.m. Eucharist, until 10:00am
Children’s Sunday School classes begin, downstairs in the classrooms
Children’s worship time begins in the Children’s Chapel, with music, drama, puppetry, dance and holy movement – the children’s Liturgy of the Word
Children join their families at the exchange of the Peace, for the Holy Eucharist
Education for Ministry (EFM) meets in the Hemingway Room downstairs across from the Chapel of the Resurrection for a two-hour class. This class is limited to those who register at the beginning of the year.
Wednesdays in Lent
The Lenten Evening Program begins with a potluck supper at 6:00pm followed by a presentation by a community speaker on the Lenten theme. The evening ends at 8:00pm.
LEARNING FOR ALL AGES
Christian learning is a holy conversation. It is a conversation in which we seek to encounter God through the witness of the Scriptures, both the Hebrew Scripture (the Old Testament) and the New Testament. It is also a conversation with those saints who have gone before us, and a conversation with those around us as we learn together how to live a rich and fulfilling life in Christ.
Traditionally, Christian education has been defined as the didactic approach to learning about faith issues, for example, “Sunday School.” Today, we see what has been called “Christian education” emerging into a new model of “faith formation,” which incorporates not only education proper, but also the elements of liturgy and worship, community and fellowship, preaching, and Christian compassionate service. As we participate together in the journey of faith formation – the holy conversation of listening, sharing, learning, worshiping and serving together – we become better and better equipped for daily faithful living. When we understand How God works in the world, we are strengthened for life in our family, friends and work that is faithful to the kind of life that God wants for us, in God’s Kingdom.
At St. Stephen’s, all people are encouraged to be part of this holy conversation – listening, sharing, learning, worshiping and serving together.