Christian Formation

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”

—2 Peter 3:18

Christian Formation is a lifelong process. It is an unending journey of struggle, growth, questioning, and learning that leads us to deeper faith and fuller understanding. Formation engages big questions—Who is God? Why did Jesus die on the Cross? What does the Holy Spirit do? What is the purpose of human life?—and seeks answers in the riches of God’s Holy Word and the wisdom of the Church’s long tradition.

At Christ Church, Christian Formation flows from our engagement with Scripture and Sacrament in weekly worship.

CHRistian Formation for Children

Formation for our youngest members begins in worship. At 10:00 on Sunday mornings, families gather together for worship in the Church. A short way into the service, the Rector calls the kids forward to offer a Children’s Message just for them. Kids are then invited to cross the cloister to St Agnes Chapel, right next door to the Church, for a fun, interactive lesson in Children’s Chapel. They return at the Peace, just in time for Holy Communion with their families.

Christian Formation for Youth

Middle and High School Christian Formation begins at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday on the second floor of the Parish House. Youth follow a lectionary-based lesson plan that matches what is being read in the Church. They join the service at the Peace, in time for Holy Communion.

Christian Formation for Adults

The Rector’s Study typically meets in three distinct sessions each week:

  • 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the Dining Room on the first floor of the Parish House.

  • 12:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoons in the Dining Room on the first floor of the Parish House.

  • 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings in the French Library on the second floor of the Parish House.

All three sessions are identical, and participants are encouraged to make-up absences at their customary session by attending one of the others.

The Rector’s Study ordinarily focuses on a book of the Bible, though topical and thematic series are sometimes offered.

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