Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Children ages three through five will hear the stories of the Good Shepherd, grow in their understanding of the traditions of our liturgy, and learn the ways of God made known to us in the life of Jesus. Our first through third graders will deepen their understanding of Baptism and Eucharist, contemplate the vastness of God’s reign, and discover the goodness of God’s gifts. This year children six years and older will attend worship with their families. Younger children are invited to the Nursery during the Liturgy of the Word, joining their families for the Eucharist. The class will meet in our Catechesis Atrium downstairs. Deborah Gordon and Rev. Nancy will serve as catechists.
Teens & Tweens
Church School for our fourth through eighth graders will build on the foundation of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in order to ground students in the biblical, theological, and liturgical traditions of the Episcopal Church. Topics include the implementation of God’s Plan in history, society, and the individual; major themes of the Old and New Testaments; the history of Israel and its prophetic tradition; the teachings of Jesus; and the sacraments and pastoral offices of the Book of Common Prayer. Students will learn in hands-on group and individual activities, earning awards for class performance, completed homework assignments, and online quizzes. Class will meet upstairs in the last classroom on the right. Chris Doughtie and Bill Shepherd will serve as teachers.
Fellowship and Faith
There never seems to be enough time to get to know the people who worship with us every Sunday morning. Who are they, where have they been on their journey, what is going on in their lives, what is important to them, and how do they live their faith in the midst of it all? New this year will be the opportunity to converse with our fellow parishioners over a cup of coffee in the Vestry Conference Room, as we reflect more deeply about the faith we hold sacred, and help one another discover ways to live that faith in life-giving ways. Class will meet in the Vestry Conference Room, upstairs, first room on the left. The group will be led by Graham and Page McDonald.
The Four Gospels
The Adult Forum class this year will examine the four Gospels beginning with Mark, followed by the others in chronological order. Each Gospel will be examined for its unique characteristics to develop a sense of what makes each book individual and original on its own: How does each Gospel convey its particular vision of Jesus? What marks each book’s situation in its own community of believers? What do the enemies of Jesus look like in each book, and what events lead up to the arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection? A look at the historical and literary contexts of each Gospel will be included as those fundamentals relate to the early church’s needs and uses of the Good-News-in-Four. Class will meet upstairs, first classroom on the right. Patti Morrow will serve as teacher.