Education

Children and Youth

Godly Play—Grades Pre-K to 1

Godly Play, which meets at 10 am following the Family Service, serves our youngest school-age parishioners—those in pre-K, kindergarten and first grade. The focus is on engaging children in the joy and wonder found in religious teachings. The Godly Play curriculum is an imaginative approach to religious education influenced by the Montessori method, which encourages teachers and children to be partners in learning. The lessons are hands-on, and children are encouraged to question and explore. The course draws parallels between the Biblical Gospel of compassion, mercy, justice, truth, faith, hope and love, and the children’s daily lives.

A dedicated team of teachers and assistants rotates throughout each month to lead Godly Play. For further information about enrolling your child in Godly Play or to learn about becoming a teacher yourself, please use the Contact Grace form.

Living the Good News—Grades 2–4

Living the Good News Sunday School classes, meet at 10 am following the Family Service, are for students in the second through fourth grades. The curriculum, supplied by Morehouse Education Resources, is synchronized with the lectionary, so the children study the lessons read at that Sunday’s Family Service. One-hour classes led by experienced and dedicated volunteer parishioners include discussions, drawing, contests and great works of religious music and art. While weekly attendance is encouraged, drop-ins are welcome. To learn more about Living the Good News Sunday School classes, please use the Contact Grace form.

Journey to Adulthood—Grades 5 and up

Using an engaging, discussion-based format, Journey to Adulthood draws young people into thoughtful consideration about what it means to be a faithful adult in today’s world. The program is based on the key concept that “Personhood is a gift from God, but Adulthood must be earned.” It encourages teens and ‘tweens to explore all areas of their developing selves and to learn to connect their faith to all areas of life. The class meets during the program year, generally on the last Sunday of the month at 10 am. To learn more about Journey to Adulthood classes, please use the Contact Grace form.

All youth Sunday school classes are in summer recess, but will resume Sunday, September 16.

Christmas Pageant

Grace Church’s annual, spectacular presentation of the Christmas story occurs during Advent. Children and their families commit to a small number of weekend rehearsals, where they learn the staging and their parts in the script. The final performance includes costumes, music and lifelong memories for all. For more information about your child’s participation in the pageant or to lend your talents, please use the Contact Grace form.

Adult Formation

 

The Study of Christian Themes and Symbols in Southern Literature:
Led by The Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson, Rector

In an era of religious and cultural pluralism in America, the study of southern writers continue to grow with a renewed sense of intrigue and discovery. In this class, we will study the works of three southern Christian writers in an effort to discover the power and use of Christian symbols in literature. We will seek to understand the presence or seemingly absence of God, the role and purpose Christ and the unifying work of the Holy Spirit as experienced through these important pieces of literature. What role, if any, does the faith of the writer play in each work? For instance, Flannery O’Connor was a devout Roman Catholic and used her numinous religious experiences as the cornerstone for many of her books and letters. So, then why does many of O’Connor’s writings reflect an existential understanding of the Holy? Lastly, it is my hope that each participant will be able to experience the presence of the Holy in new ways as a result of having read these profoundly spiritually-insightful writings.

This course will take place the remaining Wednesday evenings of October from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Hope Library. I would encourage participants to read each book ahead of class as we will launch into discussions at the beginning of each class.

October 24: Percy, The Moviegoer (Chapters 4-Epilogue)
October 31: Ernest J. Gaines, A Lesson Before Dying

If you have any questions or wish to register for the course, please contact the Church Office at (718) 624-1850, ext. 10.

Bible Study

Tuesday Rector’s Bible Study meets weeklyTuesday mornings from 10:30 am to 12 Noon, in the McKittrick Choir Room, led by The Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson, Rector. Grace parishioners, members of other congregations and interested individuals from the community may attend. The group breaks during the summer months. More specific information regarding the schedule and study topics can be found in Grace Notes.

Bible Study will not meet next Tuesday, October 23, but will resume Tuesday, October 30.

Sunday North Room Chats

At our “North Room Chats” we discuss spirituality and Christianity in bite-sized chunks. No need to prepare in advance. No need to have attended a prior chat. Just be open to learning something new, sharing your own life experiences, and, most importantly, growing in the Christian faith.

The next Chat will be Sunday, November 4 from 10:15 to 10:45 am in the North Room. Join us!

Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a ministry formation and theological education program for lay persons. The four-year program meets weekly, from September to June. Trained mentors lead participants in study and discussion of the Bible, church history and theology.

EfM provides a foundation for theological development through study, prayer and group activities, and guides students in discerning and nurturing their ministries. Sharing this journey supports individual confidence and mutual growth. EfM creates an informed, active and knowledgeable laity. For more information, please use the Contact Grace form or visit the EfM website at www.efm.sewanee.edu.

The Grace Education for Ministry group is now taking names for several openings in September. Participants commit to meet Wednesday evenings for 36 weeks each year to study, reflect and explore lay ministries in the world.

EfM resumes on September 19, 2018.

*Learn more about this international program with 80,000 participants since 1975 here