Christian Formation

 

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.  (Matthew 7:24-25)

 

In reality, everything we do at St. Mary's - worship, fellowship,outreach, and study - has as its aim the formation of Christian disciples.

 

There are opportunities for Bible study for adults throughout the year and young people each Sunday morning during the school year. In addition, there are other avenues for learning about scripture and our Episcopal tradition throughout the year, including special Lenten services, confirmation classes, making Advent wreaths together, instructed Eucharists, and Vacation Bible School (which we offer each summer in cooperation with First Presbyterian Church). 

 

Materials for personal Advent and Lenten meditations, as well as the daily guide Forward Day by Day, are provided to to all - children, young people, adults, and families. 

A word for parents:  Your children are welcome and loved at

St. Mary's.  We do not see them as the future of the church but as an important and vital part of the church right now.  They can sing in the Children's Choir, participate in worship as a reader or acolyte, and serve in our outreach ministries.  Our children are part of our celebration of the Holy Eucharist.  They delight and inspire us with their enthusiasm for coming with us to Christ's Table.  If they make a noise during worship, we hear it as a sign of God's presence among us.  And, we love to hear their sweet voices joining us in our prayers and hymns.  While we did not write it, our views are expressed very well in this blog post.