Winter 2018, 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 and topics, in a relaxed setting.
Adult Faith Formation gatherings
- Kathy Bergen will be with us for the Adult Faith Formation hour on February 4, 11, 18. During these three sessions Kathy will introduce us to the issues that contribute to where Palestinians and Israelis find themselves today. This will consist of a brief discussion of the history of the area from the Balfour Declaration of 1917 to the present. Secondly, we will look at the issues that have and continue to contribute to the current situation—military occupation in it many manifestations and factors that keep the situation between Palestinians and Israelis unresolved. Thirdly, we look at the Christian presence in Israel/Palestine and talk about our responsibility as Anabaptist Mennonite Christians as peacemakers in Israel/Palestine.
- Adult Faith Formation, February 25 to March 25
The Story of the Bible—from conception, through birth, to full maturity. From scrolls to Book, from Hebrew and Greek to 1500 languages. Over the course of five Sundays Tom Yoder Neufeld leads an exploration of how the Bible came to be, what role the believing community had in its formation, and what role it has played in the life of the church over the millennia. The series ends on Palm Sunday as we apply our learnings to the Passion and Easter texts. Come with your questions! We’ll tackle as many as we can.
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.