Christian Faith Formation at Zion
You may be asking why our Sunday school classes are now called Christian Faith Formation classes. It all centers on the spiritual formation of our children and youth. It is teaching the faith which aims to help our children and youth feel closer to Jesus through educational and enrichment opportunities. Our classes aim to help our students live and experience a more Christ-centered life.
Spiritual growth can occur at any time in one’s life. Our hope is to teach growth in faith in a developmentally appropriate way to enhance the pathway toward a more deep-felt faith journey- a journey that will continue throughout a lifetime.
Zion’s Faith Formation classes (Sunday School) begin on September 11th. The classes are held for children and youth grades Preschool—Middle School in the education rooms of the Parish House each Sunday from 10:15 a.m. until approximately 11:00 a.m., when the students are taken to the church to participate in Holy Communion.
Children and youth gather in the Chapel of the Ark each Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Activities include singing, the collect of the day, the prayers of the people, confession of sin, and the passing of the peace. Students then divide into age-appropriate groups to focus on a story or a topic, followed by a craft or related activity.
Every fifth Sunday, the children and youth participate in the worship service at the church. They serve as ushers, greeters, oblationers, readers, and acolytes. Children learn about the Bible and Book of Common Prayer during Sunday school classes and become involved firsthand to practice what they are learning by participating in the fifth Sunday services.
This year there is a need for Sunday school teachers and substitutes. If you would like to substitute or join our teaching team on a regular basis, please contact the church office at 304-725-5312. Teaching and substituting will offer YOU a way to grow in faith along with strengthening Zion’s children’s ministry.
New Curriculum for Sunday School
“Weaving God’s Promises”
A Curriculum for Children in the Episcopal Church
“Weaving God’s Promises” is a comprehensive program designed to provide children with basic knowledge of Church teachings in Christian education, worship, and service, the three elements essential to the practice of our faith. The great stories of the Bible are the core of the lessons, with special emphasis placed on the life and teachings of Jesus. Children will more fully appreciate worship in the church as they learn about the church and its practices. The application of Christian principles to our lives is essential to a living, growing faith. Reaching out in service to others is a natural outgrowth of a meaningful relationship with Christ. Classes are structured to encourage bonds of fellowship within the church, to help participants hear and share stories of faith, and to support the practice of acting worshipfully while gathered in our class groups as part of the family of God.