How Do We Learn?
Q: What is the goal of St. Michael’s Youth Education program?
A: Our Christian Education Program seeks to help children build a firm foundation for lifelong faith in Jesus Christ. For Nursery through Grade 12, the goal is to lead each young person to an awareness of God’s presence in the world and in their lives and into a closer relationship with God. This is accomplished by providing regular opportunities for worship, scripture-based education, outreach and fellowship for all young people.
Q: What can my children expect to find on Sunday mornings?
A: At St. Michael’s your children will find a complete age-appropriate Christian education program, consisting of the following:
Nursery care for infants and toddlers is provided each Sunday from 10:00 until 12:00. The nursery, staffed by two experienced babysitters, provides a safe and entertaining environment for the little ones. The sitters are adept at helping infants and toddlers feel at home in the nursery and at helping parents and their children through periods of adjustment.
Three Worship Centers are offered in the church school: one for Pre School through Kindergarten; another for grades 1 through 3; and the third is for grades 4, 5 and 6. Each Worship Center uses a Montessori style of teaching especially designed to offer children opportunities to learn and interact with stories from the Bible at their age level. Most of all, the Worship Centers provide a welcoming place where children of all ages can worship God, drawing on their innate spirituality.
The Rite 13 program is offered for seventh, eighth and ninth grade students. Rite 13, the cornerstone of the Journey to Adulthood program, has Sunday morning class time as well as an extra social or service activity each month. Rite 13 provides a wonderful way to acknowledge the changes that are occurring in young teens, while giving teenagers a safe place to wrestle with these changes.
High School students in tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades have Sunday morning class time as well as monthly outside events for social or service activities.
Christian Education for Adults
Q: Does St. Michael’s offer classes for adults?
A: Yes, we offer special opportunities for adults to deepen their commitment to Jesus Christ through special courses in Holy Scripture, liturgy, and spiritual issues.
Bible Studies: For example, during the fall of 2007 we offered an evening Bible study on the theme, “Jesus, thou art all compassion.” This course explored how the compassion of God is proclaimed in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, as well as in our own lives. A new Bible study will be offered in the winter and spring of 2008.
Communion Services: As part of our 60th Anniversary observance, we are celebrating Holy Eucharist from several editions of the American Book of Common Prayer. These services are augmented by discussion groups after each service. Our hope is that participants will come to a better understanding of why we Episcopalians worship the way we do. Celebrations using the “historical texts” have included the 1789 Communion Service on Sunday, Sept. 30, and the 1892 Communion Service on Sunday, Nov. 25. Celebrations using the 1928 Communion Service and one of the Supplemental Communion Liturgies are planned for January 2008. In addition, on Sunday, Nov. 11, which was also Veterans’ Day, we incorporated prayers from the paperback BCPs issued to armed forces personnel in World War Two and the Korean War.