Fall 2017, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Faith is “formed” across our life span and life circumstances, in home, school, church, social-media, and neighbourhoods – both local and global. We form faith in our connections with people who are similar to and also different from us. We form faith as we connect with God, through the Scriptures, through the gathered community of believers and by the Holy Spirit at work within us. The hour before our Sunday worship has opportunities for faith formation for all ages. Please join us as we continue to be formed.
Messy Church – 0-100 year olds, gather in the East Hall.
This is a multi-sensory, inter-generational, experiential-based approach to spirituality, worship and the Bible. We move beyond the segmentation of age cohorts and embrace the opportunity for the young to establish deep connections with a variety of adults within the congregation, and for adults of all ages to embrace the role of engaging and nurturing our young people. This class is open to all to attend: come and join us in learning and living our faith out together! Check in with Erin Gonzalia or Anna Janecek for more info.
¡Ven y únete a nosotros en el aprendizaje y vivencia de nuestra fe juntos! Este año seguiremos con la así llamada “Messy Church” — clase de formación de fe para todos basado en una experiencia multi-sensorial e intergeneracional de espiritualidad, alabanza y escritura. “Messy Church” incluirá los niños y sus padres (aun que ellos tambien tendrán la opción de asistir a las clases de adultos), pero está abierta y diseñada para todos. Esperamos que esta sea una oportunidad para ir más allá de la segmentación de grupos en edades, con el proposito de que los jóvenes establezcan conexiones profundas con una variedad de adultos dentro de la congregación, y, al la vez, para que los adultos adopten el papel de involucrar y cultivar la fe en nuestros jóvenes. Nos reuniremos en el Salón del Este los domingos a las 9:30 AM, antes del culto. Las clases de adultos y jóvenes seguirán funcionando como de costumbre.
Youth Class – grades 8– 12+, meet in the youth room. Variety of teachers, alongside Youth Worker, Noramy Gonzalia.
Adult Faith Formation gatherings
ADVENT SERIES for December, Sunday mornings 9:30-10:30 am
Sunday, Dec 3—Christmas story or Christmas stories? Tom Yoder Neufeld will lead us in a study of the Christmas story in Matthew and Luke. Are John 1 and Revelation 12 Christmas stories too? How are these accounts different? How are they similar? What can we learn from the different texts? Refreshments provided!
Sunday, Dec 10—Tom Yoder Neufeld leads us in an analysis of the “Nativity” as presented in different works of art. What is meaningful in their depictions? Participants are encouraged to send Tom art or pictorial depictions of the birth of Jesus as attachments so he can include them. Refreshments provided!
Sunday, Dec 17—Lisa Packull and Nan Cressman lead us in a form of hands-on art work. This will be an intergenerational class which will involve children, youth and adults of all ages and abilities. Come out and enjoy expressing yourself in a different way. This will replace the usual Adult Faith Formation, Messy Church and Youth classes for this morning.
Sunday, December 24—Everyone is welcome (children, youth, adults) to join us in the sanctuary for a time of Christmas carolling. We will enjoy favourite carols both old and new from all around the world. Come prepared to share your favourites! This will replace the usual Adult Faith Formation, Messy Church and Youth classes for this morning.
Sunday, December 31 No Faith Formation classes
The sanctuary balcony is a large nursery for the little ones, and is a comfortable, enclosed, and sound-proof space, from which parents and caregivers can see, hear and participate in our worship services. Nursery staff is provided during our September-May worship services.
Contact the church office if you would like to be connected to the people responsible for nursery care.
A wide variety of books and periodicals are available for people of all ages with selection for preschoolers, children, teens and adults. Many titles are available in Spanish. The library is always open on Sundays mornings.
Contact the church office if you would like to connect with our church librarian.