We use the term “formation” to refer to Christian education, but it means more than just education. “Education” implies a finish – a person graduates and receives a diploma or certificate and moves on to the next stage of life. “Formation” implies a continuous, life-long journey – always questioning, wondering and learning. We are constantly being formed as Christians as we strive to define our personal relationship with God and seek a closer relationship with Him. At Christ Episcopal Church, we are strongly committed to Christian Formation and the opportunities to find spiritual fulfillment. As well, we hope to foster a feeling of community within and among our children where children feel safe, happy, and intrigued by the possibilities of their faith in their own lives.
Sunday Formation at Ponte Vedra Beach
* During the summer months, rising kindergartners through 5th grade gather in CFC 203/205 for a special formation time full of learning and fun. Three and four year-olds have formation in Nursery room 5. Sunday formation for Fall begins Sun., August 10.
Godly Play – Three year olds through 1st grade – Godly Play is an organic, hands-on approach to experiencing stories from the Bible and learning about many of its main characters. It is a safe, calm, structured, and happy environment where children ask and answer questions about and respond in some way to the story they heard that day. Here, the children can grow in both their learning and love of God.
Holy Moly – 2nd and 3rd grade – Using the “Holy Moly” curriculum, 2nd and 3rd graders learn a new Bible story each week, from the Old Testament in the fall and the New Testament in the spring. The Bible is used as an integral part of this program. Videos, discussion, play and other fun activities enhance the learning process.
Connect – 4th and 5th grade – Students explore the Bible by focusing on different themes and working their way through the Old Testament one year and the New Testament the next. There are exciting activities built around a Bible story each week, followed by exploration and discussion.
Group Sundays – Approximately every six weeks, the children come together for a whole group formation Sunday, often including our youth. The goal of this is to allow for fellowship and connection among our youth spanning the ages. On these Sundays, there’s a topical activity and discussion appropriate for the time. We do need volunteers to help the children with the activities. On these Sundays, we like for our Children’s formation teachers to have a day where they can go to an adult formation class, so please consider volunteering.
Other Children’s Formation opportunities – Every year Christ Church hosts a Vacation Bible School, a popular event which attracts hundreds of people in the community. Read more about the 2014 VBS and register online.
For more information on the Children’s Formation offerings or opportunities to volunteer as teachers, greeters or formation helpers, please contact Michelle Ackerman at email@example.com.
* During the summer months, Middle and High School youth meet in the Youth House for formation. Sunday formation for Fall begins Sun., August 10.
Middle-school students jump into Sunday morning curriculum examining the latest movies, music and news to enable us to look at our culture through Biblical perspectives.
High school students participate in a variety of discussions about faith and life. We also offer unique worship and formation opportunities such as C-Life worship on the beach, weekly breakfast gatherings at a local diner, service projects and exciting mission trips here and abroad.
For more information on Youth Ministry, please contact Lauren Wainwright, Director of Youth Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Formation at Christ Church
Adults are provided with multiple opportunities each Sunday to engage in formative classes and discussions on a variety of topics. The schedule of offerings is frequently updated. For the most current information, please contact Fr.Remington at email@example.com.
Rector’s Forum meets for summer! A multi-generational gathering of Christ Church members who come together on Sunday for a “holy conversation” with our Rector about our spiritual lives.
Discipleship Classes – Please join us each Sunday for engaging and transformative classes on the core of Christian Discipleship. Classes are taught in multi-week blocks on Christian Living, Christian Study, Christian Worship, and Christian Mission. For a calendar of upcoming Discipleship classes, please contact Fr. Remington at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Bible Study - An early morning Bible Study meeting on Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
Welcome to Christ Church (Newcomers) – Offered throughout the year and over four consecutive Sundays, this class provides an introduction to Christ Church and what it means to be an Episcopalian. Check the Newcomer button on the website’s homepage for Newcomer class dates.
Christian Views on the News – A discussion on how we as Christians can live a spiritual life.
Weekday Formation at Ponte Vedra Beach
* During the summer months, most of our classes are taking a break. Most classes resume in September.
Rector’s Bible Study – Led by our Rector, this Wednesday morning Bible study engages participants in stimulating conversation around Scripture.
Wednesday Evening Book Club – A spirited discussion surrounding the study of best-selling books that immerse spirituality with educational reading.
Discipleship Classes meets in August - Please join us each Wednesday evening for engaging and transformative classes on the core of Christian Discipleship. Classes are taught in multi-week blocks on Christian Living, Christian Study, Christian Worship and Christian Mission. For a calendar of upcoming Discipleship classes, please contact Fr. Remington at email@example.com. For dates on these classes, check the website calendar.
Women in the Word – Participants in this class embrace lessons and readings from contemporary spiritual curriculum. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings.
Men’s Bible Study is meeting through the summer – Every Friday morning, this group meets to study the Bible and enjoy fellowship.
Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS) – MOMS is a group study session designed to offer mothers an opportunity to develop relationship skills and a more defined sense of their own spirituality.
Education for Ministry (EfM) – In a weekly small group setting, Education for Ministry leads participants through four years of study, covering major areas of theological education: the Old Testament, the New Testament, church history and theology.
Mid-Week Formation for Youth – These groups meet Wednesday nights at the Youth House and dives into an open discussion about Christ, our lives, and what it means to be a servant leader. The Middle School group, Low Tide, meets from 5-6 p.m. and the High School group, Leadership Team, meets from 7-8 p.m. These offerings are for students looking to explore their faith more fully and intimately. These groups’ overall goal is to engage, expand, and empower the youth ministry at Christ Episcopal Church. The teams are entrusted with guiding and strengthening the youth activities and taking an active part in how the youth ministry is shaped. This group is open to anyone who wishes to come.
For information on Adult Formation at Ponte Vedra, contact the church office at 904-285-6127.
Formation at San Pablo
Children at San Pablo creatively explore the Bible using the “Spark” series, an engaging curriculum that provides children the opportunity to learn stories of the Bible in sequence.
The Adult Forum at San Pablo takes place on Sundays following worship at approximately 10:30 a.m.
For more information about Formation at Christ Church San Pablo, please contact the San Pablo office at (904) 221-4777.
Formation at Serenata Beach
Sundays following worship, Bishop Chalfant leads a study, PostScripts, based upon each week’s Gospel lesson and current interests. For more information about Formation at Christ Church at Serenata, please contact Bishop Chalfant at firstname.lastname@example.org.