Formation

Formation

Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning. – Proverbs 9:9

Relating to our Values:  Education and Leadership
Forming disciples, both lay and clergy, to be effective agents of God’s transformational love

Our Vision is caring for each generation by providing formation that enriches our faith and helps to claim our gifts

  • Baptismal preparation
  • Inquirers class / Confirmation preparation
  • Sunday School / Storytelling
  • Youth Group
  • Bible Study
  • Daughters of the King
  • Brotherhood of St Andrew

Baptismal Preparation

Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as God’s children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God. This sacrament is normally “administered within a service of Holy Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday or other feast.” It is especially appropriate to baptize adults and children at:

  • Easter Vigil (the night preceding Easter)
  • Day of Pentecost (50 days following Easter)
  • All Saints’ Day or the Sunday after all Saints’ Day (November 1)
  • The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the first Sunday after the Epiphany) in early to mid-January
  • Or when the Bishop visits the parish.

Preparation for this important sacrament of the church is a requirement for adults seeking baptism and for the parents and godparents who are offering children for the sacrament.

Speak to the clergy if you or a loved one would like to be baptized

Inquirers Class / Confirmation Preparation

“Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.” All who are of an appropriate age (9th grade and older) and able to express a mature faith are welcome.

Sunday School / Storytelling

Our children are included fully in our worship. They head to Sunday School right after Communion to explore further how to live into our discipleship. Children are provided developmentally appropriate, safe, and loving opportunities to learn, wonder, and formulate their faith Elementary students focus on biblical stories; middle school students explore the larger stories of biblical characters and how to use faith as a decision-making tool; and high school age children have a lectionary-based Bible study written specifically for them. Sunday school meets from September through June.

Daughters of the King

The Daughters of the King is an order of women in the church who take a vow of Prayer, Service, and Evangelism. They participate in Diocesan and Provincial programs that include annual retreat and a National Triennial Conference. They maintain a prayer list which honors the request of anyone in need of prayer, and Daughters can be found serving on all committees of our congregation and participating in all activities in the life of St. Mary’s. Any woman in the congregation over the age of 18 is eligible and encouraged to join. Applicants must undergo a three-month training period which enables them to determine if this calling is what they truly want to undertake.

Brotherhood of St. Andrew

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew is a missionary and evangelism ministry of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. In fact, it is the oldest evangelistic ministry in the Episcopal Church. Our goal is to bring men and boys to Jesus Christ.

This ministry’s disciplines are PRAYER, STUDY, and SERVICE. It strives to develop and equip men and boys for faithful discipleship to effect changed lives throughout the world for the greater glory of God.

Bible Study

Every Wednesday at 11:00am, people gather to study the Scriptures through the course of the Bible. This course of study lasts for approximately an hour and is punctuated with song. It is followed by noonday prayers, and litany for healing is offered.