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Christian Faith Formation for All Ages

St. Barnabas' provides a community where we can all grow and support one another in our faith journey. All that we do together in worship and service leads us deeper into the mystery of our faith. We additionally provide regular classes and opportunities for learning and formation.


For Adults

Sunday Adult Forum (resumes in September)

Adult Forum provides opportunities to experience a deeper spiritual reality through study and discussion. Areas of interest include an eclectic mix of topics related to world religions, book studies, liturgical practices, Bible studies, and current events, as well as presentations and discussions on special topics by forum members and guest speakers. The forum meets Sunday mornings between services from 9:15 to 10:00 AM in the Richardson Room (parish hall).

 

Seasonal Retreats and Discussion Series

St. Barnabas' offers Retreat Days during Advent and Lent. The annual congregational retreat to the Shrine Mont Retreat Center is another opportunity to grow in faith while building and strengthening friendships.  The Parish Retreat is held in the month of September.

 

Programs for Tweens, Teens and Young Adults 

Journey to Adulthood provides a complete youth program of spiritual formation. It uses Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries, and serious and playful activities to underscore its core messages:

                                                           Tweens  A preteen Christian education program. 

Rite-13

There are three two-year segments of the Journey to Adulthood program. The first two years focus on celebrating the individuality of each young person and his or her creative potential. The Rite-13 liturgy (A Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood) is the community expression of this focus.

Journey to Adulthood (J2A)

J2A is the middle portion of the program engaging youth with the skills and critical thinking necessary for adulthood. It culminates in a spiritual pilgrimage.

Young Adults in Church (YAC)

This phase is a mentor-based program helping older teens to discern and carry out a ministry within their church or in the larger community. Vocation and development of personal credo are also emphasized.

 

 

For Children    Godly Play

Godly Play (follows school year, September-June)

Godly Play has been offered at St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church since 2006.
Teachers have completed the Godly Play Foundation Core Training courses. 

Children ages 4 through fifth grade are instructed using Godly Play, Jerome Berryman’s imaginative approach to working with children. Based on Montessori religious education, it is an invitation to play with the language of God and God’s people through sacred stories, parables, liturgical actions, silence, and wondering. The classroom environment is structured to protect and guide children. This setting creates limits to ensure a place in which a creative encounter with God can flourish. We invite you to come play with us.

Children's Chapel follows immediately after Godly Play.  (continues through summer)

During the first half of the 10:15 a.m. Sunday Service, young children may attend Children's Chapel. There they hear the Bible story of the day and share their responses. They then respond by working on a craft project. The children return to join their parents in church in order to be with them during Communion. Experiencing Holy Communion is the most important Christian Education activity any of us can do!