Christian Education

 

Christian Education for Young People

Every Sunday, the children of our parish join us at beginning of our celebration of the Eucharist.  They are with us for the procession until the start of the Liturgy of the Word.  

After this, they are dismissed and join our dedicated team of educators to learn more about God's word.  They discuss the day's Gospel story and how its lessons can be applied to daily life.  Rather than memorizing Bible verses, we encourage them to become more compassionate and more aware of their community and the world around them. The children then rejoin us when we exchange the sign of peace and remain with us until the conclusion of our celebration of the Eucharist.

On the third Sunday of every month, we celebrate a special family-oriented Eucharist.  The children gather around the celebrant for a conversation about the Gospel's lesson. During the consecration, they join the celebrant at the altar.

The children also engage in various activities throughout the liturgucal year -- reenacting the Christmas story, assisting in the blessing of the animals, providing decorations for for various fellowship events.  

 Adult Education

We offer many opportunties for adults to reach a deeper understanding of their faith.

Adult Discussion Group  - 1st Sunday  (Except July & August) 
Bring your coffee and bagel and join us as we discuss news items and current issues and how they impact our lives as followers of Christ.  This informal discussion takes place in the section of the Parish Hall next to the kitchen.

Focus on the Gospel  - (See Calendar of Events for Dates) 
The Revised Common Lectionary that we use in the Episcopal Church follows a three year cycle, each year focusing on a different book of the New Testament -- Matthew, Mark and Luke -- to tell the story of Christ's ministry. (The Gospel of St. John is used throughout Easter all three years and for other liturgical seasons where approrpiate.)  Each yearly cycle begins on the first Sunday of Advent.  During this liturgical year, a small discussion group meets on Sundays to reflect upon assigned chapters of that "year's  Gospel" (Luke for December 2015-2016). Meeting dates and readings are posted on the website events calendar and are announced in the worship guide.  All are welcome to join in. 

Inquirers Class
For those who are interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church, we offer an Inquirers Class each year. Sessions are scheduled on designated Sundays and are led by Father Greg. Lay people who act as sponsors also attend and share their faith stories.

Education for Ministry (EfM) 
This in-depth, complete, college-level Bible study runs for four years. Each year covers a different topic: 1) Old Testament; 2) New Testament; 3) How did we get from the New Testament to today; and 4) Being Christian in the World Today). Participants can enroll for one year at a time and sessions run between two and a half to three hours every week, with one to two hours of homework per week. (No sessions are held in June, July and August.) The curriculum was developed by an Interdenominational group forty years ago and is maintained by an accredited University.  

Education for Ministry has spread to Europe, Australia and New Zealand and there are currently 28,000 graduates. The fee is $350 per year and includes textbooks written by professors from many mainline denominations (Lutheran, Presbyterian, RC, Methodist).  These texts are used in colleges and seminaries around the US.  

So if you'd like to gain an understanding of the Scriptures that goes beyond learning interesting information about them, we urge you to consider this program.  Our group will be led by Trinity’s Rector, Father Greg Perez, and  Mentor (and Vestry Member) Marci McKim.  If you have any questions or want further information, please contact Marci. You can also visit the Diocese of Newark's EfM website for a more detailed discussion of EfM, including sample lessons. (Note: Thanks to a grant from the diocesan ACTS/VIM fund, tuition help is available.)