Program Overview and Educational Objectives
At St. John's, our faith formation programming for children and youth is designed to meet three overarching standards. We want each young person in our program to learn about:
- The Christian Story -- From the ancient stories of the Hebrew Scriptures, through the Gospels of Jesus, and into the beginnings of the early church, we teach the scriptural stories of faith.
- Episcopal History, Tradition, and World View -- What makes our church unique? Where did we come from, and how did we get here? What kinds of things are particularly Episcopalian? We teach the perspective of our own faith practice not as the only path, but as our path for this time.
- The Six Christian Life Practices
- Reading Scripture – Reading God's word and stories at an appropriate level of scholarship and with open hearts.
- Daily Prayer -- Speaking freely to God, listening in stillness for God to speak to us, and resting in God's beautiful presence.
- Weekly Worship -- Honoring and responding to the sacred mystery of God in us as individuals and as community.
- Serving Others -- Helping our fellow human beings with humility and joy in the parish, the community, and the world.
- Giving of Our Resources -- Offering the best of who we are and what we have to God, in gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon us.
- Telling Our Story -- Being able to articulate and fearlessly share the Good News of God in Christ, one's own spiritual story, and what it means to be an Episcopalian.
In addition to aiming for these formation standards, we recognize that:
- Each Faith Journey is Unique -- Age and grade boundaries are meant to be guidelines and not barriers. Students will be invited to participate at a level most appropriate for them.
- Faith Formation is a Continuing Process -- Each formation experience, both in the more formal setting of Sunday School and in our extra-curricular and family ministry events, is intended to build on previous programs and experiences, throughout the 0-18 age range and beyond.