Sunday morning worship at Grace Episcopal Church remains online. Evening Prayer is offered outdoors on Sunday evenings for a congregation of 50 or less. All are welcome, however registration is required. Please visit our Grace@Home page for the registration link and to see all the ways we are staying connected to one another, to Grace, and to God!
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In a typical academic year, the Youth at Grace (grades 6-12) meet weekly between the two Sunday services from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and occasionally outside of Sundays for the express purpose of fellowship and recreation. Nothing is typical at the moment but plans are being made for youth formation this fall! Read more below.
The primary goal of the Youth formation program is to equip our young people with the skills necessary to engage their peers in thoughtful and respectful discourse regarding the Christian faith and to develop the skills to explore their own journey of faith. These skills include learning how to use biblical commentaries, learning the various hermeneutical lenses through which Holy Scripture may be read and understood, and the capacity to be emotionally and psychologically resilient through life’s inevitable disappointments and challenges.
Our hope is that the decision to be confirmed in the Church by the bishop will be a joyous occasion in which each young person takes responsibility for the baptismal promises made earlier on their behalf by parents and godparents. Our hope is also that the community of the youth group will always be a safe place for those who may not be ready to make this affirmation.
In addition to training the Youth in these skills, and maintaining a community where seeking for God is welcomed, space is provided each month for small group discussions with the adult facilitators about current events in the lives of the young people in the group.
Youth in grades 6-12 will be using Tim Sean Youmans’ Blessed to Bless: An Introduction to the Bible as our curriculum for Sunday School this fall. This is a systematic study of the Hebrew Scriptures (6th – 9th grades) and Christian Scriptures (10th – 12th grades). Because we hear you loud and clear that you are “over” virtual/online classes, we are proposing the following:
We will mail (or deliver) a copy of the Study Guide along with a Bible to EACH student! Each week, Ema Cynthia will give suggestions about what to read and direct the youth to questions or statements to guide their reflection. Youth will be asked to record their thoughts either in their books or in a separate journal. At some point, we hope to be able to announce plans to gather in person and at that time we will want to have our notes with us.
When we are able to gather in person, our plan will be to gather 6th and 7th graders one week; the next week 8th and 9th graders; and the following week 10th-12th graders. The fourth (or sometimes fifth) week will be open for some outdoor activity (weather permitting) that allows the possibility of keeping safe distances. By separating the youth this way, we are confident that we can gather in the Youth Room and still have space between the kids.
If you are new to Grace Church and have a 6-12th grade student interested in joining our youth group, please contact Ema Cynthia or Cheryl Kelley!