Curriculum and Topics for Fall Christian Ed for All Ages beginning October 10 between Services:
As we have been announcing, though slightly delayed, we will begin our Fall Sunday Morning Christian Education Classes for all ages Sunday, Oct 10 between our 9 and 11 AM services (10:10-10:50 AM). We have some wonderful themes to explore, and I so look forward to expanding the time we get to spend together on Sundays following a 20 month break from our regular programming. I hope you will read on and plan to join us, as we regather for worship and formation in ways that we believe will be safe and life-giving. Further, you will find below a description of our Fall Confirmation/Discovery Class for adults, which will meet on Sunday afternoons beginning Oct 17. So, here goes:
Adults, "Sacred Places: On Paying Attention to what God has Made": What does it mean to dwell in a place? The Bible is the history of God's interaction with a people and also with the land God gives that people. As we are formed by that sacred story, we are also called to pay attention to the places God has given us. Led by our Theologian-in-Residence, Dr. Tony Baker, we will gather sources from scripture and from the great texts of the Christian tradition to help us contemplate together the gift of dwelling in little ecosystems; name the things we notice in the places we dwell; and pay attention to the creatures and "God" moments we might otherwise miss. Class meets each week in the Worship Space. We will also offer this class each week online at the same Zoom link we use for 9 AM worship (click here).
3 year-olds-Kindergarten, "Godly Play": A child focused experience that includes storytelling, wondering, and self-guided exploration with specially created manipulatives and other activities. Class meets each week in the Gold Room.
1st-3rd Grades, "The Jesus Storybook Bible": A child centered exploration of bible stories from the Old and New Testaments using storytelling, games, songs and activities. Class meets each week in the Red Room.
4th-6th Grades, "The Grapple": A curriculum that offers tween lessons based on real questions that 10 to 12-year-olds ask. These lessons help preteens learn how to search the Bible for answers and build on a strong faith foundation. Class meets in the Green Room.
7th-12th Grades, "Companions for the Journey": A bible study with discussion and activities generated from topics discerned directly by our teens from real life challenges and opportunities. Led by our Vicar, Miles. Class meets each week in the Blue Room.
Children's Chapel (3-years-old-3rd grade): A child-centered time of worship with prayers, songs, and activities. Meets during the first part of our regular Sunday services at 9 and 11 AM. Children return in time to receive communion with their families (children's chapel is currently ongoing each Sunday).
Childcare/Nursery (re-opening on Oct 10) for children up to 3-years-old is available in our nursery each Sunday morning during worship and Christian Education. The nursery is located near the front entrance to the church.
Adult Confirmation/Discovery Class (meeting Sunday afternoons beginning Oct 17): This class is for both those interested in formally joining the Episcopal Church and St. Julian's and those who just want a refresher on all things Episcopal. The class will create space to come to know others at St. Julian's better, while exploring the question: “What does it mean to be a part of the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement,” as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is fond of saying. We’ll cover some Christianity 101 topics like a primer on Bible, Theology and Ethics. We will also explore some of what makes the Episcopal Church a unique expression of Christianity, including, our history, sacramental theology, and the Book of Common Prayer. We will meet Sunday afternoons beginning Oct 17 from 3:30-5 PM for 6 weeks with two breaks for Halloween and Thanksgiving. The class will be in a hybrid format so you can attend in-person or on Zoom. To register for the class, email Jonathan.
And, a final word about COVID protocols: St. Julian's Forward (COVID) Task Force has determined that, once we return to Stage 3 in the Austin/Travis County Risk Based Assessment Matrix, masks will be optional during the Christian Ed time at St. Julian's each Sunday for those who are fully vaccinated (whatever age). As of today, we remain in Stage 5. If we have not returned to Stage 3 by Oct 10, we will enthusiastically push forward with our classes for all ages but will require masks to be worn by all participants till, again, we return to Stage 3. Our thanks to all for continuing to patiently honor our COVID protocols. We believe that this has helped lead us to zero transmission of the disease at any St. Julian's gathering, event or worship service.
If we can answer any question about our Fall Christian Education Program or anything in our shared life and ministry at St. Julian's, as always, feel free to reach out to me or Jonathan with the contact info below. I hope this reaches you and yours well.
Peace and Warm Friendship,
In-Person Holy Communion at 9 and 11 AM
No RSVP necessary, masks required at 9 AM and 11 AM.
9 AM Holy Communion on Zoom
Meeting ID: 833 1790 6701
Phone Number to Dial in: (346) 248-7799
A recording of the service will be available by noon each Sunday
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