Christian Education and Formation is an important part of the life of Episcopal Church of Our Savior. In the many educational opportunities offered at COS, people of faith of all ages can explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and be formed into the likeness of Christ for service in the world. Check-out what’s available and plan to join us on this journey together.
Wednesdays.com is a Christian formation and service program at Episcopal Church of Our Savior. The name has a meaning, of course. “Wednesdays” means, well, Wednesdays, as in the day of the program. The “.com” part stands for “cultivating our minds” or “community.” Take your pick. Both accurately describe the goal of the evening: to cultivate our minds, and indeed, not our minds only, but also our hearts, spirits, and stomachs together as a community of faith.
The flow of the program is simple. Children, age 3 through 2nd grade gather from 4:15 to 5:15 for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a curriculum that helps children explore Bible stories and the worship of the church.
From 5:30-6:30 p.m., a Community Meal is served. The meal is not only a way to feed those involved in our education and formation programs, but more importantly, it is an outreach of the parish to those who are low-income or homeless. A donation of at least $2.00 per person or and in-kind donation of food are appreciated.
At 6:00 on the first Wednesday of the month, all gather in the chapel for a Holden Evening Prayer, a contemporary setting of the traditional liturgy of Evening Prayer.
Finally, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the adults gather for learning in the parish library. Differing topics of various lengths are offered throughout the year. Watch for details on the Home Page of this Web site.
Family Education Night
Once a month, generally on the first Sunday of the month, children and youth, of all ages and their families and other adults meet for Christian formation in the Fireside Room. The evening begins with a light supper at 6:00 followed by intergenerational large and small group learning. At 7:15, the whole group gathers for a sending worship. We will conclude the evening by 7:30. Mentoring our young people in the faith is key to their Christian formation, so we encourage all adults to come and learn alongside the young people and share their faith with them.
The Restoration Project
Church of Our Savior is involved in a national Episcopal parish renewal project called The Restoration Project. The Restoration Project has three elements: The Basic ABCDs, The RP Bible Study, and Discipleship Groups.
The Basic ABCDs
The Basic ABCDs are four five-week studies, offered continuously throughout the year, for adult learners: Basic Anglicanism, which explores the content and gift of Anglicanism in the Christian tradition; Basic Bible, which delves into the importance of the Bible as the Church’s book of faith; Basic Christianity, which looks at the history and content of the Christian faith; and Basic Discipleship, which searches what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Watch for details and times.
The RP Bible Study
The RP Bible Study invites people to study the Church’s book of faith, the Bible, using a copy of the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible and the HarperCollins Bible Commentary. With these two tools, learners discover what the scripture says, how renowned biblical scholars interpret the text, and how it applies to life in the 21st century.
Discipleship groups are groups of five to six persons who have an interest in developing closer relationships with Jesus. Persons who wish to be a part of a discipleship group will commit to one hour of worship weekly, twenty minutes of prayer a day, and one hour of service per week. Discipleship groups decide for themselves the direction they wish to go (e.g., Bible study, prayer, book study, topical discussion, etc.) The main purpose of the group is to deepen one’s walk with Jesus and to support and hold accountable the other members of the group.
Adult Bible Study
The Tuesday Noon Bible Study meets in the parish library on Tuesdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. The group studies the Bible readings assigned for the coming Sunday (lectionary texts) , reflecting on their relevance to the people to whom they were first writing, their continued relevance for today, and our own place within the ongoing story of God’s presence and action in our world.