Christian Faith Formation (or Christian Education) is defined in the Episcopal Church “lifelong growth in the knowledge, service, and love of God as followers of Christ…informed by Scripture, Tradition, and Reason.” The Reverend Dr. Pamela Dolan suggested this definition: “Christian formation is a lifelong process, occurring in community, that shapes you into the person God created you to be.”
At Holy Family, we offer a variety of Christian formation classes for all ages in the sanctuary during the hour prior to worship. These classes aren't about attending school or checking boxes on God's list. This is the place and time to dig deep and learn new things; and to engage your heart and intellect as you explore your own faith and beliefs. Please join us from 9:45 - 10:20 am. For more information on upcoming Christian formation gatherings, please see the descriptions below.
Advent 1 – November 27th
Three purple candles and a pink one. For centuries, families and churches have lit candles to mark the passage of the four weeks of Advent. Father Chris will lead us in a discussion on the origin and meaning of the Advent wreath.
Advent 2 – December 4th
Oh, you brood of vipers! Deacon Paulette will lead us in a Bible study of the day’s lections, including this intriguing accusation by John the Baptist in Matthew’s gospel.
Advent 3 – December 11th
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord! The Magnificat, recorded in Luke’s gospel, is Mary’s song of joy on her visit with Elizabeth. Tracey will guide us in a discussion of this beautiful passage with scriptural allusions, fine art depictions, and musical interpretations.
Advent 4 – December 18th
Are you smarter than a fifth grader? For several years, Tracey taught religion to 5th graders at an Episcopal school. Tracey will teach her annual Christmas lesson, which includes a fun quiz and a charming video. What do you really know about the nativity stories, as presented in the Bible? Come and find out.
January & February - Exploring the Episcopal Tradition
The Episcopal tradition, like every other Christian tradition, is founded on the affirmation that Jesus Christ is Lord. But what does it mean, specifically to be an Episcopalian. How are we different than other faith traditions? How are we the same? What binds us together as a part of the world-wide Anglican community? Six sessions are being offered a preparation course for those seeking to be confirmed, received, or reaffirmed when Bishop José McLoughlin visits us on Sunday, February 26, 2023. However, the questions and conversation may prove helpful to long-time members and seekers alike, as a means of deepening our understanding of who we are and what we are about. All are welcome to join us.
Please join us on Sundays 9:45-10:20 --