Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language, and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle, and late childhood and beyond. Come join us!
This year we have a new offering for students aged 10 and up This group meets every other week and is under the leadership of Crystal Columbo. You can contact her for more information: 360-675-4478, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult Seminars are held before church at 9:30-10:15 a.m. These topics are individual instruction or a series, depending on the subject. These are announced in the bulletins, online, in the weekly email, and at coffee hour. To be sure you are included, please let someone know your email address so you can stay informed.
Adult Formation classes meet from September to May.
After meeting each week for nine months for the last four years, the St. Stephens EfM group ended in June 2018 with the graduation of Susan Ho. Way to go, Susan!
If you are interested in EfM, please contact co-mentor Gaylene Reiten (email@example.com).
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. During the Service of Confirmation we ask God to "Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at Baptism. Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perform the service you set before them." Developed at the School of Theology, Sewanee, The University of the South (Sewanee, TN), EfM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.
The seminar group is the nucleus of the Education for Ministry program. A group consists of six to twelve participants and a trained mentor who meet weekly over the course of a nine-month academic year. These meetings are usually from two and a half to three hours in length.
Through study, prayer, and reflection, EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God's kingdom. This process can be illustrated by a two-rail fence. One rail is the Christian tradition. The other is the collective experience of the group's members. The rails are linked by fence posts which represent the seminar sessions where life and study meet. The fence is grounded in the soil of regular worship which is vital to the life of the group.
Participants are given weekly assignments to study with the help of resource guides. Students are responsible for setting their own learning goals. They spend between two and four hours in study and preparation each week. In the seminars members have an opportunity to share their insights and discoveries as well as to discuss questions which the study materials raise for them.
Through discussion and guided reflection, the seminars furnish an opportunity to deepen understanding of the reading materials.
More important is the development of skills in theological reflection. The goal is to learn to think theologically. By examining their own beliefs and their relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith, participants can learn what it means to be effective ministers in the world. In coming to terms with the notion that everything we do has potential for manifesting the love of Christ, we discover that our ministry is at hand wherever we turn.
The seminar is supported by a life of prayer and regular worship. EfM groups are encouraged to develop a pattern of worship appropriate to their situations. Liturgical materials are furnished with the course materials.More information on this program is available from Sewanee University of the South.