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.
Here is the schedule for Sunday morning classes for Lent (Mar 10 – Apr 7, 2019):
(very discussion-based, deeper theological exploration; typically for older youth and adults)
Hunger Catechism Forum, Grace Place Room 2
A weekly study on the theme of 40 Days of Giving. This five-week study will help participants enter more deeply into their Lenten journey by reflecting on what the Lenten practices of repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works love mean for us today.
Making Sense of the Cross, Middle School Room
Whatever we say about the cross, we are also saying about God. So what does the cross mean? What can it tell us about God? How can it help us approach, understand, and know God better? This 5-week class will
use this book by David Lose. Each session will begin with a video introduction to the chapter of focus that day. This study invites your full participation through reading (Lose’s very approachable and down-to-earth
book) and conversation. No prior knowledge necessary. Books are provided ($13).
Faith Lens, High School Room
A Bible study that explores a current event and connects it to scripture heard in worship that week. This class is especially geared for Middle School and High School youth, but adults attend and find it rewarding!
(more advanced thought, some hands-on, more complex activities; typically for older children/youth, and adults)
Movement Choir, Grace Place Room 3
Join the group as they prepare a music and motion offering for Easter.
(some of reading, mostly hands-on learning, especially for elementary aged children, and open to all ages)
Lenten Learning and Activities, Grace Place Craft 1
The same class as above, but also offered for the younger set.
(non-readers, especially preschool and kindergarten)
Beginner Bible, Nursery
Stories and crafts especially for little ones