Christian Formation at St. Peter's

At St. Peter's we offer educational opportunities for people of all ages to learn about the Bible, Christian beliefs and spiritual practices. We wrestle with tough questions and know we don't have all the answers. Christian Education at St. Peter's happens not only in formal classrooms but through all we do together. (Most classes are on Sundays at 9 a.m. September through May.)


Classes resume September 11, 2016 at 9:00am.


Click here for the 2016-2017 Christian Formation Schedule

Godly Play Children ages 4 thru 6th grade

Godly Play™ is a method of Christian education and spiritual direction for children which uses storytelling and play to help them become more aware of God’s presence in their lives. The goal of Godly Play is to teach children the art of using religious language – parable, sacred story, silence, and liturgical action – to help them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.


Children are invited into a peaceful room, where adults model reflective behavior and where lessons can be explored. Religious stories are shared with the children using three dimensional materials that invite them into the stories and connect them to their personal experience. Open ended “I wonder…” questions and ample response time give the children a chance to consider their own questions and reflect on the story from their own perspective. They then choose from a range of options to respond to the story. After they clean up from their response time, they enjoy a “feast: (snack and juice). Each class parallels the experience of the Eucharist. Each session includes a period of Preparation (meeting and greeting), the Ministry of the Word (listening and responding to a story, Communion (sharing food and drink), and a blessing and Dismissal

re:form youth in 7th-12th grade 

re:form is a youth program that empowers young people to explore their faith and ask questions about our beliefs, the Bible, and church history.

Each class begins with a short, informative and entertaining video that addresses the question for the day. 

Friends and visitors are always welcome!

Classes meet downstairs on Sunday mornings from 9-9:45 am.

Adult formation

Adult Christian Formation offerings vary throughout the year. Seasonal offerings during Advent and Lent are often led by the clergy and weekly discussions at other times of the year are based on topical concerns or they make use of The Wired Word, a curriculum that relates current events to relevant Scripture passages.

 


Sunday, February 12, we will start a study of

Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman's Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim by Sabeeha Rehman.

 

The book is available at the public library, as a kindle edition, and can be ordered through bookstores if not on the shelf.  The summary below describes it:

ONE OF BOOKLIST'S TOP TEN RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY BOOKS OF 2016
This enthralling story of the making of an American is also a timely meditation on being Muslim in America today.

Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today. It is also the luminous story of many journeys: from Pakistan to the United States in an arranged marriage that becomes a love match lasting forty years; from secular Muslim in an Islamic society to devout Muslim in a society ignorant of Islam, and from liberal to conservative to American Muslim; from student to bride and mother; and from an immigrant intending to stay two years to an American citizen, business executive, grandmother, and tireless advocate for interfaith understanding. 

Beginning with a sweetly funny, moving account of her arranged marriage, the author undercuts stereotypes and offers the refreshing view of an American life through Muslim eyes. In chapters leavened with humor, hope, and insight, she recounts an immigrant’s daily struggles balancing assimilation with preserving heritage, overcoming religious barriers from within and distortions of Islam from without, and confronting issues of raising her children as Muslims—while they lobby for a Christmas tree! Sabeeha Rehman was doing interfaith work for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the driving force behind the Muslim community center at Ground Zero, when the backlash began. She discusses what that experience revealed about American society. 

 



There is no Adult Formation in the summer months. Join us for Holy Eucharist at 9:00 a.m.