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.
Candy: non readers and new readers. (A parent or trusted adult may be asked to stay and help)
Badger: small amount of reading, mostly hands on and simple activities
Rainier: more advanced thought, some hands on and more complex activities
Everest: discussion based, deeper theological conversation, few activities
Badger: The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss (postponed due to illness)
Rainier: Liturgical Symbols and Stamp Making, or Baptized We Live
Everest: Faith Lens (relating text to current events)