Study: Christian Formation

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 classes at Ponte Vedra Beach meet from 10:15-11:00 a.m.

Children’s Formation (Sunday School)

Godly Play – Preschool (ages 3 and 4) through 1st grade – Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. Godly Play is a Montessori-based approach that introduces the stories of our faith using wonder and play, helping children to gain religious language and explore their own relationship with God.  In our Godly Play classrooms, children are empowered to reflect freely on what they have heard and experienced.  The children also begin to form their own community as they pray and break bread together.

Spark – 2nd and 3rd grade – In our Spark classrooms, children are diving deep into the Bible, and learning how to live out their faith at home, at school, and with their friends.  Because Spark lessons follow the Revised Common Lectionary, they reinforce the same scripture heard during worship, and connect children more fully to their own worship experience.

KingDOME4th and 5th grade – The KingDOME is a two-year workshop rotation program which provides a comprehensive study of the major Bible stories and Jesus’ teachings through fun, hands-on activities including art, science, drama, cinema, and games.  The KingDOME creates for children a framework of the history of God continually reaching out to humans, and teaches that each child is important in making the “kingdom come on earth.”  In the KingDOME, kids are becoming Disciples Of the Modern Era.

Register your child for Christian Formation classes.

For more information on the Children’s Formation offerings or opportunities to volunteer as a teacher, greeter or formation helper, please contact Catherine Montgomery at cmontgomery@christepiscopalchurch.org.

Follow the Children’s Christian Formation Facebook page for information and announcements.

Youth

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 meet on Sunday mornings in the Youth House at 10:15 am for a discussion of how we can take our faith beyond Sunday at Church into every day and place of our lives.

For more information on Youth Ministry, please contact Matt Hartley, Director of Young Adult Ministries, at mhartley@christepiscopalchurch.org.

Adult Formation 

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 rslone@christepiscopalchurch.org.

Rector’s Forum – A multi-generational gathering of Christ Church members who come together on Sunday for a “holy conversation” with our Rector about our spiritual lives.

Faith Formation – Please join us each Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings for engaging and transformative classes on the core of Christian Discipleship.  For information on upcoming Discipleship classes, please contact Fr. Remington at rslone@christepiscopalchurch.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

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.

Adult Faith Formation – Please join us each Wednesday evening for engaging and transformative classes on the core of Christian Discipleship. For a calendar of upcoming Faith Formation classes, please contact Fr. Remington at rslone@christepiscopalchurch.org.

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 – Every Friday morning, this group meets to study the Bible and enjoy fellowship.

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 on Wednesday, diving into an open discussion about Christ, our lives, and what it means to be a servant leader. They are for students who wish to explore their faith more fully. These groups’ overall goal is to engage, expand, and empower the youth ministry at Christ Episcopal Church. For information on Christian Formation at our Ponte Vedra campus, contact 904-285-6127.

Formation at San Pablo

At San Pablo, adults may participate in periodic book and/or Bible studies offered on weekdays at both day and evening time slots. These studies are typically 4 or so weeks in duration. There is also a plan to establish small groups that will meet for a couple of time periods each year. These groups will meet in the homes of parishioners, gathering for: (1) food and fellowship, (2) study, (3) prayer and (4) service. For information on Formation at Christ Church San Pablo, contact Father Bob Morris, bmorris@christepiscopalchurch.org

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 edwardchalfant@comcast.net.