2019-2020 Formation FAQ
DO WE STILL HAVE SUNDAY MORNING ADULT FORMATION?
On most Sunday mornings at 9:30a we will hold lectionary discussions facilitated by various formation leaders within our congregation. This time will help participants prepare for worship and dive into the readings for the day. Additionally, Wednesday evenings will be a regular time for fellowship and program (see details below).
WHERE DO CHILDREN GO ON SUNDAY MORNINGS?
Children age 3 – 5th grade are all invited to join our Sunday morning formation offering, Godly Play, during the 10:30a worship services. Children should be dropped off in Allen Hall at 10:15a to sing and make music before heading into their classrooms – located upstairs in the Education Building. All children should be picked up during the Peace in their classrooms.
DO THE CHILDREN STILL GO TO CHILDREN’S CHAPEL?
Children will no longer attend Children’s Chapel during the 10:30a services. Instead, all children are invited to join our Sunday morning formation offering, Godly Play.
WHEN DOES HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP MEET?
High schoolers meet every Sunday following the 10:30a services from 11:45p – 1:45p in the Youth Corner. Participants will have lunch and dive into questions, doubts, and faith a little more deeply. This is a student-driven group, meaning participants talk about what is on their minds. Occasionally high schoolers will travel off campus to get lunch at Magnolia Café or coffee at Mozart’s. All are welcome in this goofy, thoughtful, amazing community!
WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE HILL?
Adult Sunday Formation takes place at 10:00a on Sunday mornings. This year the congregation is following the “One Book, One Parish” format, where participants read the same book and discuss its teachings in an effort to deepen their faith and live into the Way of Love. The first book is Living into God’s Dream by Dr. Catherine Meeks.
Following the children’s sermon during the service, children are invited to join leaders for Children’s Formation. This interactive program explores bible stories related to the Way of Love along with accompanying activities.
Additionally, each semester The Hill will offer a host of intergenerational events such as The Blessing of the Animals, Hillside Sunday, All Saints Celebration, Advent Wreath Making and Rise Against Hunger to engage families in the life of the church.
WHAT ARE “WEDNESDAYS ON WINDSOR”?
The new format of Sunday morning programming allows Windsor to shift energy to Wednesday evenings. Wednesdays on Windsor is a relaxed and engaging evening of food, fellowship, and formation. Now the primary time for adult formation on the Windsor Campus, these evenings will offer a free, healthy, and delicious chef-prepared meal available between 5:00p and 7:00p; time and space for casual visiting and community building; and organized formation offerings centered around Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s The Way of Love.
Our hope is that members from both campuses will come for whatever part of Wednesdays on Windsor works in their lives, whether that be a quick bite with family, a longer dinner and conversation with parish friends, a full evening of spiritual learning – or any combination of the above. For details and a schedule of the evening’s offerings, CLICK HERE.
WHAT IS HAPPENING ON WEDNESDAYS FOR CHILDREN?
Nursery will be open from 4:30p – 6:30p for children ages 2 and under.
Children age 3 – 2nd grade have a special formation time from 4:30p – 5:15p in the Education Building. Adults can drop their children off and pick them up in the classroom.
Children in 3rd – 5th grades are encouraged to attend Edge, a preteen program, held from 6:30p – 7:30p in the Education Building.
WHAT IS HAPPENING ON WEDNESDAYS FOR YOUTH?
Middle School Youth meet every Wednesday night from 6:30p – 8:00p in the Youth Corner for EYC (Episcopal Youth Community). This is a laid-back time to meet new friends, grow in faith, and have fun! Dinner is provided.
High School Youth (see Sunday information above)
WHAT IS A FOYER GROUP?
Foyer Groups are small groups of parishioners from both campuses that will gather periodically to break bread together and share meaningful conversation around the Way of Love, growing closer as the body of Christ. Groups will be formed based on geographical locations and will gather at least 6 times over the course of the year. Each Foyer Group will decide individually where and when to meet as well as the structure of the evening.
Those who are participating should plan to meet on Wednesday, September 11 for a kick-off dinner and program with the Rev. Jane Patterson who will speak about the important of spiritual practices in the context of community.
HOW DO I GET CONFIRMED? HOW DO I GET MY CHILD CONFIRMED?
Confirmation is a public, mature affirmation of our baptism. Youth Confirmation classes are offered during the spring semester to high schoolers who have demonstrated a commitment to the church and are seeking to deepen their faith in this community. Our classes will meet every Sunday in the spring for lunch and lessons following the 10:30a services. There we will explore Scripture, prayer practices, religious traditions from around the world, and the history and tradition of the Episcopal Church. This is a welcoming and inclusive program that encourages curiosity!
WHAT IS RITE 13?
Rite 13 is a celebration of our youth’s transition from childhood into adulthood. As children grow up in an “unsteady and confusing world” we hope that Good Shepherd and the church at large can be an affirming space for them to explore their faith and the people they are becoming. This class meets seven times during the fall and is open to those who are or are about to turn 13. We meet on Sunday mornings from 9:30a – 10:20a, and our time cumulates in a special dinner reception on November 9 and a liturgical celebration during Communion Café on November 10.
WHAT ARE ACOLYTES AND HOW DO I BECOME AN ACOLYTE?
Acolytes (coming from the Greek word “akolouthos” meaning helper) are the backbone of Sunday morning worship! They assist in the service by carrying the cross, torches, and Gospel during the processions as well as preparing the altar for Communion. If you are interested in learning more about the inner workings of the Episcopal service, this is an incredible opportunity. Anyone in grades 6-12 is welcome to become an acolyte after attending a training.