by Janis Greenbaum, Director of Christian Formation & Communications

We are gearing up for another great year of Christian Formation programs at Grace Church. Our goal is to provide opportunities to live in to The Episcopal Church’s Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation:

Lifelong Christian Faith Formation in The Episcopal Church is
lifelong growth in the knowledge, service and love of God as followers of Christ
and is informed by Scripture, Tradition and Reason.

Here’s what stands out to me in that statement:

  • lifelong: We never stop learning about our faith and God’s love for us! It starts the day we’re born and continues until the day we die.
  • knowledge, service and love: These words point to our call to carry out the mission of the Church in the world.
  • Scripture, Tradition and Reason:

So how do we create effective Christian Formation ministries? With God’s help — and YOUR help! It may sound cliched, but our programs can’t happen without the support of our members. There are so many ways to get involved: you can help plan events, lead classes, or just bring yourself or your children to a class. The important thing is that you make Christian Formation a priority for yourself and your family.

Everyone’s lives are so busy today, but I promise you that your busy life will be more rewarding and more fulfilled if you make room for God. I encourage you to prayerfully consider all the opportunities to volunteer and/or participate in Grace’s Christian Formation ministries this year. Let’s work together to create faith formation opportunities for all ages as we continue our lifelong journey with Christ, in Christ, and to Christ.

Grace’s Church School for children and youth begins Sunday, Sept. 7 at 9:45 a.m.; our Adult Sunday Series begins Sunday, Sept. 14 at 9 a.m.

WANTED: Christian Formation Ministry Volunteers

Interested candidates should contact Janis Greenbaum and/or attend our luncheon and workshop Sunday, August 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Church School Ministry:

  • Church School Executive Committee:

Select curriculum, help recruit volunteers, meet monthly to review our program and plan for special events. Executive Committee members can, but are not required to, serve in additional volunteer positions within the ministry.

  • Sunday School Teachers:

Work with a teaching team to plan and lead weekly lessons for a specific age group. Schedules to be worked out among each team.

Sunday school 4&5 - spring 2014– Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade

– 2nd & 3rd Grades

– 4th & 5th Grades

– Middle School (6th, 7th, & 8th Grades)

– High School

  • Sunday School Assistants:

Work with teachers to define and meet the needs of each class. Assistants are not required to plan or lead lessons. Duties may include greeting, setting up snacks, organizing crafts and activities, etc.

(same classes as listed above)

  • Music & Art Coordinators:

Share your creative skills with other leaders in the classroom and for special events.


Youth Ministry:

  • Youth Confirmation Program:confirmation 2014

Work with Fr. Todd and CF Director Janis Greenbaum to select curriculum, set up a calendar of classes and activities, recruit volunteer adult mentors and leaders, and work with families involved in the program.

  • Youth Group Team:

Plan and attend activities for middle and high school students at Grace Church. Help coordinate diocesan youth events with our group. Coordinate efforts with Mission Trip Team.

  • Youth Mission Trip Team:mission trip - christ church

Help plan and organize fundraisers and activities leading up to our annual mission trip, working with the youth throughout the year. Coordinate activities with Youth Group Team. Male and female chaperones are also needed for the trip.

  • College Care Ministry Team:

Identify and get contact information for college students from our congregations. Plan special mailings and care packages to be sent to the students throughout the year, pray for the students throughout the year, and recruit other members to be a part of this outreach program.

Adult Christian Formation Ministry:

PageLines- sundayseries_opt.jpgThis committee will meet monthly to brainstorm ideas, discuss curriculum, arrange for guest speakers, plans special events and encourage participation for a variety of Adult Christian Formation offerings, including our Adult Sunday Series, Grace at Night programs on Wednesday evenings and special holiday events throughout the year.


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