Christian Formation

We are back in session!

Christian formation will be returning virtually this year. Beginning September 16th you can join either Rite 13 or Adult Forum via Zoom on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm. For questions regarding Rite 13 please contact Susanne D’Angelo. For questions regarding Adult Forum please contact Angie Mills.

Godly Play will be returning virtually via Zoom on Wednesday’s from 6:00 pm-6:30 pm. For questions regarding Godly Play please contact Angie Mills.

Godly Play Virtual Meeting Information & Parent Resources

Godly Play Meetings Information: Parent Packet

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Starting September 16th ,Godly Play will begin on Wednesday night’s at 6pm via zoom. Sharon and I are looking forward to seeing all the kids in our virtual setting! Parents, we will keep the session to about 30 minutes each night. We will gather, I will share a story and wondering questions, we will pray, and the children will “work” on their own. Those with Godly Play experience may want to “feast” with their family. Janie is preparing work materials for each child. Please contact her if your child plans to participate. This class is for children ages 5-12. Parents are welcome to listen. There will be two safeguarded adults on each meeting. Our first session on the 16th will be a welcome back session without a story so there will be time for everyone to share and ask questions. Once the children are dismissed on the 16th there will be time for parents to join the conversation and ask questions. Details about the zoom meeting will be available in September. Contact me with any questions.

God’s Peace,

Angie Mills

Meeting Password: GodlyPlay

Zoom Meeting ID: 867 0337 8795

Godly Play
Godly Play
The result of a lifetime of research and practice by theologian, author and educator The Rev. Dr.
Jerome Berryman, the Godly Play® method is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God’s presence in our lives. The Godly Play curriculum engages what is most exciting about religious education: God inviting us into—and pursuing us in the midst of—Scripture and spiritual experience. Godly Play practice teaches us to listen for God and to make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in our lives.
Godly Play is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian formation and spiritual guidance.
Godly Play has a foundation of 40+ years of research and practice.
Godly Play values process, openness, discovery, community and relationships.
Godly Play models the worship life, stories, symbols and rituals of Christian congregations.
Godly Play allows practitioners to make relevant and personal theological meaning.
Godly Play nurtures participants to larger dimensions of belief and faith through wondering and play.
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Rite 13

Rite 13 celebrates the beginning of the journey to Adulthood. These youth formation classes explore faith, society, ethics, spirituality, and mission. Our youth also participate in Deanery and Diocesan youth events.

Parents and Students,
I am so excited that our Christian Formation Classes are resuming in September! Although they will be on Wednesday evenings and remotely, it will be good to get back to our studies.
We will continue our Rite 13 lessons – Understanding Millennium Development Goals, beginning with Compassion and Acts of Mercy. We will also continue to learn the books of the Bible, what section of the Bible they are in, and where to find them in the Bible.
I hope you (my students) are as excited as I am about learning what God wants us to do and be, for Him!
God’s Peace,
Susanne

Zoom Meeting ID: 897 6303 3662

Meeting Password: Rite13

The Adult Forum

Offers a variety of opportunities for participants to go deeper in their understanding of the Christian faith and life. Classes include topics like Bible study, prayer, book discussions, and our connection to the wider Episcopal Church. Each series of classes lasts from two to six weeks, so it’s easy for new participants to jump in.

Join Adult Forum October 14th – December 16th

Led by Angie Mills

I invite you to join Adult Forum on Wednesday nights. We will use Dr. Meek’s book as a guide for this conversation. “The hope is that all who read this book will be inspired in all of the particular ways that are needed to help them advance the conversation on race and to find the necessary energy, courage, or new insights that can make it possible for them to work to change the racial narrative in America.” Dr. Catherine Meeks. You do not need to have read the book in advance to participate in this conversation. Please join us when you can. Details on getting a copy of the book can be found below. 

If you are needing a copy of the book please let Janie Green, the Parish Administrator know by emailing the office at stjohnsmurray@gmail.com or by calling the office at 270-753-6908. The book will be available to all who want a copy. If you are able to help with paying for your book the cost per book is $18 and you can make cash or check out to St. John’s with book payment in the memo line. Or you can give to the general fund via Easy Tithe here.

Zoom Meeting ID: 826 6822 8209

Meeting Password: AForum

Lecture Slides/Material for Adult Forum