Growing into the full stature of Christ
Our youngest Christians, ages 3 – 6, are introduced to the stories and practices of our faith through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based program.
Elementary school children follow the church year in Bible stories and activities through the Spark curriculum.
Once a year we offer a communion class for early elementary school children who want to learn more about our Eucharistic worship.
Our middle school and high school students participate in the Journey to Adulthood program, which explores the real world questions and challenges of developing adult faith through Bible study, prayer, outreach, and thought-provoking activities. They begin with “Rite 13,” a two-year study that leads to a rite of passage marking the transition from childhood toward adulthood, celebrated with the whole church community. In early high school, the “J2A” class helps develop community within the group and the critical thinking and practical skills of adulthood, in the context of our faith. This part of the program includes a weekend “Urban Adventure” and a longer Pilgrimage journey which guide youth in emerging adult tasks and spiritual practice.
After J2A, we use resources from the Journey to Adulthood program, along with mentoring and group activities, to help our Youth Group explore and celebrate the beliefs they claim for their own and developing a sense of God’s call in their lives. Confirmation preparation usually takes place in the junior or senior year of high school.
Christian Formation is a lifelong process, and at Calvary, from 18 to 90 and beyond, our adults learn in small groups with book, Bible, and video studies.
An ecumenical study group with our Methodist and UCC neighbors meets in the fall and the spring on Wednesday mornings. A Bible Study group meets regularly in a members’ homes, on Tuesday evenings.
On Sunday mornings throughout the year, we gather at 9:15, between the worship services for studies on topics ranging from forgiveness to Episcopal 101, from Christian creeds to everyday food and diets.
We also offer special seasonal opportunities, like our Lenten “Soup and Study” series, "Episcopal 101," and other occasional evening programs.
See our contemporary parables, composed by members of the summer parables study 2015!