Faith Steps: Transfiguration Sunday

FaithStepsTransfigurationYes, that’s this Sunday, February 10th!!  

The end of January meant that the first unit of Faith Steps has been completed!

Developed to span the learning of confirmation over several years, Faith Steps is currently meeting in two age groups.  Grades K-4 have been focused on learning the Lord’s Prayer while 5-8 grades have been doing an Introduction to the Bible & OT.

This Sunday we would like to recognize the progress they have made!  Each participant in the program will receive a “step” for every session they attended.  These “steps” can be collected and exchanged for prizes.

During the service, we will take a moment to acknowledge what these students have accomplished and, following the service, they will have the opportunity to claim their prize!

Faith Steps in Lent

During the season of Lent, Faith steps will not meet on Thursdays.  Instead, students can earn steps by attending the Wednesday soup suppers and worship matters program.  This means the chance to earn twice as many steps!

These Wednesday gatherings will also serve as the catechism (learning events) for people of all ages who would like to be baptized, become a member of St. Paul’s or reaffirm their faith.

The first worship matters soup supper will be held on February 20th.  Steps will also be awarded for attendance at Ash Wednesday service on February 13th.

If you have questions about the Faith Steps program, please speak to Pastor Joshua.

Lent 2013

Renew your commitment to faithful living this Lent.

This year, St. Paul’s will be offering a number of ways for people to recommit themselves to faithful practices.  In addition to the events listed below, St. Paul’s will begin it’s first ever “Listening Campaign.”  This will be an important part of meeting our 2013 goals.  More details will follow in the next couple of weeks, but if you are interested in being an active part, don’t wait, contact Pastor Joshua (email: pastor@stpauls39.org).

A great way to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the events is to like, follow & share St. Paul’s Facebook Fanpage.

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It begins on Shrove Tuesday (Feb 12, 6:30p-8p) when we gather together to eat a lot of pancakes and burn the palmsfrom the previous year in order to make ashes.  This will also be the first opportunity to sign up for the Easter Vigil Storytelling.

The ashes are then used the following day on Ash Wednesday (Feb 13, 7p), when we are marked with the cross as a sign of our repentance and returning to God.  During the service, we are invited into the disciplines of Lent.  Devotions will be made available upon request.

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Throughout the season, we will also be gearing up and getting ready for the Art of the Passion, an exhibit of 15 artists’ interpretations of the Stations of the Cross.  St. Paul’s members are invited to participated through helping construct the gallery walk, record readings for the devotionals, and welcome visitors.

communion2On Wednesday evenings in Lent, we will explore our first Mission Priority:  Faithful in Worship.  These gatherings will include a light meal, some learning about why we worship like we do, why worship matters (Wed, Feb 20-Mar 20, 6p-7:30), and a family craft.  Those preparing for baptism & first communion are especially encouraged to attend.  This is also a great event for those interested in becoming a member of St. Paul’s or wanting to renew their faith commitment.

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Then Holy Week begins with the celebration of Passion Sunday!  The church is sure to be bustling with activity as we open our doors to visitors of the Art of the Passion, celebrate the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, place our worries on the cross at Good Friday, and remember the mighty deeds of God throughout history with smores and laughter at the Easter Storytelling Vigil.

 

 

 

Faith Steps – January

 

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Faith Steps classes will meet on the following days in January:

Grades 1-4: January 17

Grades 5-8: January 31

Classes will begin at 5:30 pm and run for approximately one hour.

 

 

 

Faith Steps December

NEW START TIME:  In December, Faith Steps will start at 5:30pm on the following Thursdays:

December 6th
No Class

December 13th 
Grades 5-8     Continuing to explore the stories of the Bible

December 20th 
Grades 1-4     Learning the Lord’s Prayer

December 27th 
No Class 

Faith Steps is an faith formation program for children of all ages, focused on teaching the basics of the Christian faith as the child grows.  Children from any faith background are welcome to attend.  Participants who are active at St. Paul’s are eligible for confirmation following the completion of their 8th grade year.

Faith Steps – November


Faith Steps schedule for November has been slightly adjusted. 3rd thru 5th grades have been split between the other classes (see below), and no class will be held on November 8th nor November 22nd. On November 29th, adults and older children will work on “greening the sanctuary” while the younger ones create an advent calendar for their families!  Classes meet from 5p-6p on the following days:

November 2nd
Grades K-4           Learning the Lord’s Prayer

November 8th
No Class

November 15th
Grades 5-8           Continuing to explore the stories of the Bible

November 22nd
No class                Happy Thanksgiving!

November 29th
All Ages               Preparing for Advent/Christmas