Beginning in 2019 new programs will be offered for all younger members of the church. Young children through 5th grade can now participate in a chapel service during the 10:30 service. They will have a program of music, lessons, and crafts. There will be a standard service with prayers and the lessons will come from the Spark Story Bible and will be the same story covered in church. The children will process to chapel during the Gloria and will come to the sanctuary for Peace and Communion with their families.
The Youth Group will meet at 3:30 each Sunday. This program is for those in 6th grade through high school.
We are going to try something again this year that I am excited about!
A little over a year ago we offered a class called Episcopal 101 that served a trifold purpose. First, it is meant as an inquirers class that would satisfy any curiosity someone might have about the Episcopal Church. Second, It can serve to prepare someone for confirmation if the candidate attends every class and reads a short text on their own. Third, it can also serve as an opportunity to freshen up your episco-skills if you are a longtime Episcopalian, but are a bit rusty on the difference between a cassock and a chasuble. I thought our first round was a lot of fun, and we had tremendous participation. I hope you consider joining us this year, and please feel free to pick and choose what classes you would like to attend as each one is independent.
Episcopal 101 will be roughly following the book Your Faith Your Life: An Invitation to the Episcopal Church, and there will be a total of six classes. The class may appeal to you for a variety of reasons, and it will be open to anyone regardless of their membership status or the reason they would like to attend. One purpose of this class is to prepare people for confirmation or reception to the Episcopal Church. If you are serious about exploring a commitment to the Episcopal Church this is the perfect place to start. I will even give you a copy of the book to show that we are invested in your spiritual discernment in this Church. If you are curious about the Episcopal Church and are not sure if you want to make a commitment then this class is for you too. Though confirmation is an option it is by no means expected if you are not ready for that jump. If you are a life-long Episcopalian and want to touch up on your Church History, Liturgy or Church polity then this class is for you too. You are welcome to come to every class or pick a couple that interest you. However, if you are planning to be confirmed we ask that you plan on attending all of the classes. The books are available in the Church Office at no cost if you are seeking confirmation or for fifteen dollars ($15) if you have already been confirmed.
Also, just a small note of preparing for the class. Don’t. Let’s dive into these subjects together with a blank slate. Once we cover the basics in the class I highly encourage you to read the corresponding chapters after class. After you read you may have questions on material in the book that we did not cover in class, which we can address in the beginning of the following class.
I am looking forward diving into this material with you!
The first Episcopal 101 class was held in the Spring of 2017. Many people attended , they valued the shared information and discussion. A subsequent class was held in Fall 2018.
Confirmation is when the Church prepares and welcomes new members into the Episcopal Church. Although, everyone is welcome to fully participate in worship and the life of the Church, members are able to run for vestry (our governing board), and vote in vestry elections. The Bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Virginia comes to our parish every 18 months to confirm new members, and confirmation classes are offered in the months prior to the Bishop's visit.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:30 AM: Holy Eucharist, Rite II