Christian formation

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do;

Isaiah 42:16, NIV

One of our duties to God as Christians and Episcopalians is to “set aside regular times for worship, prayer, and the study of God’s ways.” [BCP page 847] We have a variety of Christian education programs available at Saint Thaddeus Episcopal Church to help you in the study of God’s ways. No matter what your age or where you are in your spiritual journey, there is certainly something for you among our offerings.

We have weekly programs available for adults, youth (sixth through twelfth grade), and children (three years old through fifth grade). Please see the specific offerings listed for each group. Also, during the 9:00 service each week, a Children’s Chapel is offered for younger parishioners (3-5+ year olds).

In addition to weekly programs we have a number of special events throughout the year including our Christmas pageant and the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Another notable event is Vacation Bible School, VBS. Early each summer the St. Thaddeus community presents an exciting VBS program for children ages three through fifth grade.

All of these programs and activities are coordinated through an active and energetic Christian Formation Committee. All are welcome and encouraged to attend any of our scheduled meetings, especially if you would like to join in this exciting and vital ministry.

The average man goes to church six times a year and has attended Sunday School for two afternoons and can sing half a hymn.

Stephen Leacock, Winnowed Wisdom, 1926

There may be some truth in this statement; which is why the Christian Formation ministry is so important to the mission of the Church and our duty as Christians.

Please pray for the mission of the Church:

Everliving God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ: Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer for the Mission of the Church, BCP, page 816

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