Christian Formation Offerings
Church School is designed to provide St. Timothy's children in pre-K through grade 5 with a kid-friendly worship experience that goes beyond the Sunday lesson. Our goal is for children to feel that St. Tim's is their church home, where they feel welcomed and accepted, where they can build friendships, and where they learn to find meaning in worship and service to their community.
Each Sunday's lesson will be structured around a concept - perhaps learning about a Bible story or verse, a sacrament, or what it means to be an Episcopalian. The concept may be experienced through a book, dramatic play, or video...we want to reach out to students in ways that inspire them! A craft, game, or other activity will follow to reinforce the concept and it's message. Simple, shared prayer, and a blessing complete our program for children.
On most Sundays, the children will begin the 9:30 am service in the sanctuary with their families. After the processional hymn and the collect, the children are dismissed for Church School. Our class will head to the parish hall. If it's a nice day, we may go outside to take advantage of our beautiful campus, which includes a log chapel, labyrinth, gardens, and playground.
Older children have the opportunity to take leadership roles in Church School. Teens may volunteer to lead games, run craft activities, or provide individual attention as needed.
All children will rejoin the congregation for Holy Communion.
Our curriculum resources include the Revised Common Lectionary (the Sunday readings used in the church service), Holy Moly, and the Episcopal Children's Curriculum (VTS), among other resources.
Nursery Care is always provided for kids aged 4 and under in our clean, safe, and adult-supervised preschool classroom. There is an adjoining quiet area for naps.
Children may join Church School any time during the program year. Contact the office to register your child.
Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which the candidates "express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop" (BCP, p. 860). At St. Tim's, cofirmands are often 9th or 10th graders who feel ready to explore this commitment.
The program of instruction typically begins in September. Over the course of the year the kids study their faith tradition (and others), do community service, raise money to combat world hunger at the 30 Hour Famine overnight retreat, and enjoy getting to know each other as they prepare to formally affirm their baptismal vows though confirmation.
Interested in confirmation for you or your child? Contact the office for more information.
This program year we will be offering special formation opportunities during Advent and Lent. Stay tuned for me information as it develops!
Gather to explore the scripture readings for the day before worship. We are separated from the world of the Bible by thousands of years. That can make the readings we hear in worship more challenging to make sense of and connect with our daily lives. Come to gain a deeper understanding of the scriptures and to share your thoughts as well.
Bible Study is held Thursday evenings at 7:30pm via Zoom. The link is emailed each week as part of the church e-news (The Happening).
"Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together." - from the EfM website