In conjunction with Children of Eden, the Eden Series offers a community-wide exploration of the stories in Genesis. Programming from children to adult will focus on these stories from a variety of angles during the months of September and October.
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Sundays: Oct. 8, 15, 22, and 29
THE GENERATIONS OF EDEN: A BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION
Fr. Remington leads this strictly beginner’s guide to the biblical story of the first humans and their descendants. These classes will engage the student’s discipleship and develop the Biblical story that stands behind the fall musical: Children of Eden.
Wednesday, October 18
SACRED STORIES: THE FALLING APART
A Co-Presentation by the Formation and Arts Departments
Led by Catherine Montgomery and Casey Slone
Borrowing from methods using sensory storytelling, Sacred Stories will explore the fall of man and the expulsion from the Garden of Eden. We’ll begin with Adam-Eve and how they “fell apart” from God, from each other, from God’s creation, and from the image of God in their deep selves, and how these relationships were restored. The session will include personal wondering, discussion on themes presented in the story, and creative reflection. Refreshments will be provided. Please rsvp for this session.
SUNDAYS 10:15 a.m.
Godly Play and Spark: children will explore Godly Play lessons covering the stories The Creation Story, The Falling Apart (Genesis 2 and 3), and The Flood and the Ark as well as special lessons for older students.
9/10: Primary Godly Play: Creation story (Genesis 1)
Intermediate Godly Play: The Falling Apart story (Genesis 2 and 3)
9/17: Intermediate Godly Play: The Falling Apart story (Genesis 2 and 3)
10/1: Primary Godly Play: The Flood and the Ark (Genesis 6-9)
10/8: Spark: The Falling Apart story (Genesis 2 and 3) in Formation, a special Godly Play session for third grade only
KingDOME: 8/20 – 10/1 Creation unit in Formation. Exploring Genesis through art (Sistine Chapel activity, painting upside down), music (dramatic reading of Genesis 1 with musical instruments), cinema (including footage of the Apollo 8 crew reciting from Genesis as they orbited the moon on Christmas Day 1968), as well as a narration of James Weldon Johnson’s poem, The Creation), games (exploring the significance of names throughout the bible), and science (studying fingerprints and slides under the microscope).
During our Eden Series we invite you to use social media to share your “origin stories.” Some ideas: how and when you became a member of the Christ Church family, how you decided to serve in a ministry of the church, or how your Christ Church ministry began. Share video, photos, original art or written posts, using the hashtag #OriginStories. Feel free to tag us: @christchurchpvb on Facebook or Instagram, or @CECPVB on Twitter.
Wednesday, September 27
READING BETWEEN THE LINES: A STUDY IN THE TASK OF BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION
Presented by Rev. Remington Slone
Since the time before the Bible was even written, the words of its stories were being interpreted to reveal their meaning to people of faith, often resulting in the imaginative task of filling in the details of some of our most famous Biblical stories. This class will review the history of interpretation, its purpose, and its invitation for every community to wonder anew how God and humanity might be revealed in the ancient stories of our faith.
Wednesday, October 4
BEING GOD: AN ACTOR’S INTERPRETATION
Moderated by Casey Slone
Actors and directors take a special approach to dissect and discover the humanity of the characters they’re presenting. In this Inside the Actor’s Studio style session we will discuss the process and implications of Biblical interpretation and faith with the director of Children of Eden, Jason Collins and the actors presenting God, Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel, and Noah.
Wednesday, October 11
ARTISTIC INTERPRETATIONS OF GENESIS FROM THE FALL TO THE FLOOD
Presented by P. Scott Brown MA, MPhil, PhD – Associate Professor of Art History, UNF
Medieval and Renaissance artists and theologians used images in part to explore the meaning of the often perplexing and at times disturbing details of Scripture: the Temptation, the Fall, the murder of Abel, the mysterious descendants of Adam and Eve who appear and just as suddenly disappear from the narrative of Genesis. Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, sculptures, and painted altarpieces served not merely to depict the stories of Scripture but to interpret and to explain them in both human and theological terms. This presentation will survey the wide range of interpretations of Genesis reflected in medieval and Renaissance religious art, offering historical perspective on the ways in which we continue to seek and find meaning in Holy Scripture.