Faith Formation is a vibrant space of learning between our worship time, where all ages come together to continue our faith formation as disciples of Jesus Christ. Often this is based from our lectionary readings used in worship on Sunday mornings. When Lord of Life built Grace Place, its purpose was for education with our congregation and the greater community. Grace Place is often full and used in ways we did not dream of in the planning. After completion we noticed a need for a change in how we approached Sunday School. We kept parts that were working quite well for our church but decided to focus on the meaningfulness of the Bible in our lives, the lifelong formation of the faithful, how the lectionary is relevant in our lives today and various needs of our congregation to be spiritually fed. These are bold steps! We decided to change the language from Sunday School to Faith Formation because we feel this more accurately reflects what we are doing on a Sunday morning at this time. We recognize that faith formation happen inside and outside of this time. It is in fact our life long call.
Our Faith Formation hour is fluid on purpose. It allows ownership of the classes by the participants. As a staff we work hard to offer classes that are relevant to the lectionary each Sunday while bringing in new and fresh ideas.
Summit (cross-generational – for everyone!):
Spanish class, open to all levels
Everest (very discussion-based, deeper theological exploration; typically for older youth and adults):
Christ Calls Us To Wholeness, a Bible study based on the Wholeness Wheel, which reminds us that every aspect of our being belongs to God.
New Member Orientation (not just for “new” members!) Sept 16, 23, 30
By Heart (or Lutheran 101), starting Oct 7, a study of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism
Faith Lens, a Bible study connects world events with the Bible, faith, and everyday life.
Rainier (more advanced thought, some hands-on, and more complex activities; typically for older children and youth, and adults):
Grit and Grace: Heroic Women of the Bible. Books will be provided.
Badger (small amounts of reading, mostly hands-on learning, especially for children, and open to all ages):
God’s Good Creation, a curriculum that invites us to explore the many gifts God has given and the ways these gifts can help end hunger.
Beginner Bible the Preschool children are invited to participate in their class in the nursery.