Christian Formation for Adults
OUR GOAL is to grow in the love of God through programs of learning, spiritual development, and Christian education. We seek to enrich our relationship with God, who inspires us to continually learn and grow.
To that end we seek to provide Christian education and tools for spiritual development for all ages, to reach out and welcome the unchurched and the lapsed, to identify and nurture the spiritual gifts of all members, and to help shape and nurture ordained vocation.
Adult Bible Study
Our adult Bible study meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. The study will utilize "Search The Scriptures," a publication of Inter-Varsity, a Christian college organization that began in 1877 at the University of Cambridge, England. At each meeting a Bible passage will be read followed by questions for discussion. Bring your own Bible of whatever translation. The various translations will add to the enjoyment of our study. Join us for fun, fellowship and study. The group meets in the Undercroft promptly at 9:00 a.m. Call the church office at 202.347.8161.
Christian Formation for our Youth
Meet our new volunteer Youth Minister
Kelsie is a more recent arrival, a parishioner in our midst since late 2015.
Kelsie grew up in St. Edmund's Episcopal Church in Elm Grove, Wisconsin. She has 'acolyted' since she was 6 years old, and, as she says, "had a perfect attendance record in Sunday school all the way through high school!" She has been active at the Diocesan and national Church levels: youth representative for the Diocese of Milwaukee's Youth Commission for 5 years, staff member and leader for New Beginnings and Happening (middle and high school retreats), attendee at the national Episcopal Youth Event and other events and gatherings. She was the President of the fellowship of Christian Athletes in high school, a Recreation Coordinator for Parks and Recreation in Waukesha, and was active in prison ministry in Chicago. She has been involved in ministry with persecuted Christians from Nigeria living in Milwaukee and has been on pilgrimage to Ireland.
Kelsie graduated from Wheaton College (IL) in May 2015 with a double major in International Relations and Economics, and concentrations in several languages. She is currently a Policy Assistant at the U.S. Senate and advocates for persecuted Christians and disaster relief. She is already well travelled, has a passion for sports (rowed on the crew team in college), and, in her own words, "loves Jesus!" Her "life verse", so to speak (which can be found on her phone case), is 1 John 3:18: "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."
Kelsie looks forward eagerly to exploring and learning with our youth. Keep an eye out for her, and, please, keep her in your prayer. We thank the Lord that she has accepted this calling and for the many gifts that she brings and that He will bestow upon us through her. Kelsie can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christian Formation for Children
WE OFFER SUNDAY SCHOOL for all children every Sunday immediately after High Mass, for 60 minutes. The Sunday School introduces children to the Bible, Christian life, and our worship in the Anglican tradition, as well as to help prepare them for Holy Communion.
We have recently introduced the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children who are from three to six years old. The program is conducted by trained volunteers in a newly renovated space in the undercroft called "The Atrium." We welcome all children in the age range to participate.
If you have any questions or wish to help, please contact Catherine Held.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
When we help the child to encounter God we are responding to the child’s unspoken request "Help me to come close to God. Help me to be fully who I am."
What is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?