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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

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OUR APPROACH TO LEARNING

 

We believe in making “God is Everywhere” real for our young people and helping them see the many ways Christians share the Fruit of the Spirit through Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.

 

Another Beautiful Sunday!!

 

Thank you to all who came to see the beautiful artwork our young people created. Last Sunday, many of you from both the 8:00 and 10:30 services came to see the paintings of a scene from The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse. Twelve of our young people, ages 2 to 17, painted this scene on Sunday, May 19. We have been learning about kindness – which is a way to begin showing Christian love. Each artist’s original painting will be framed. Their framed original along with a copy of the book and note will be presented to them. That date will be shared later. A copy of each original has been framed and will be displayed soon. See pictures of the artwork in our Ministry Photo Gallery
 

On Sunday mornings, families are greeted by Jane (Ms. Jane) Kilpatrick and Aiyana (Miss Flowers) Flowers. Ms. Jane, Director of Christian Education and Family Ministries, has been with St. Paul’s since 2015. She has a Masters in Christian Education and has served in Episcopal churches for over 20 years. Miss Flowers, Nursery Coordinator, has been with St. Paul’s since 2016. She has a Masters in Literacy from Winthrop University and is a third-grade teacher. Help Miss Flowers with her needs for the third grade class

Contact Jane Kilpatrick, Director of Christian Education and Family Ministries at stpaulseducator@gmail.com, or 704-968-2902.

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY WITH FATHER ED+

We meet at 9:15 between services in the parish hall. We focus on discussion of the Gospel reading for the following Sunday.  Download the Study Guidelines and schedule of scriptures. Below are some of our guidelines using the Lambeth (African)  Bible Study format:

  • Come when you can, don’t feel guilty if you can’t.

  • Each week is a new lesson, so you’re never behind.

  • Each person who loves Jesus is a theologian and deserves to be heard.

  • Invite your neighbor or friend. Everyone is welcome.

  • Try to listen deeply to each other, and allow people to finish their thoughts before you share your own.

  • Remember Matthew 7:1 and suspend judgment.

  • Love your neighbor as yourself.

  • We get in enough trouble discussing religion, so please leave worldly topics outside our walls.

From Sue Craven: "The Sunday Bible study between services is extremely thought provoking and engaging. One week, Father Ed reminded us; Jesus’s love is more than one time, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.   It is important that we live in the Joy of God’s love and nourish our bonds of fellowship with each other. Through fellowship our community grows stronger as we love and care for each other. Seems like I always experience new information that lifts my spirit.  I hope people from both the 8:00 and the 10:30 congregation will join in on the Sunday Bible study!"

Tuesday Morning Adult Book Study

11 AM

May 7 – “Bible Women: What They Said and Why is Matters”

CHILDREN'S FORMATION

Kids' Corner (K-4th grade) begins at 10:15am each Sunday. Child-centered adults engage children in learning biblical concepts in age-appropriate ways. The curriculum, Whole People of God, is lectionary-based so children and adults learn about the same scriptures each week.  Children join their families during The Peace, before communion.  

For children, Christian love is Kindness. We will explore the many ways to express kindness through the conversations and experiences of the characters in the book, “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and the Horse,” by Charlie Mackesy. In May, the children will paint a scene from the book which will be presented to them along with a copy of the book.

 

 The first few lines in the book are:

“Hello,” said the boy.

“I’m so small,” said the mole.

“Yes,” said the boy, “but you make a huge difference.”

“What do you want to be when you grow up,” asked the mole? “Kind,” said the boy.

See art from this study in the Ministry Picture Gallery.

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