. . .a journey to faithfully know God and personally experience His love
Catechism is a biblical, sound and historically grounded way to understand who God is, who we are, and our relationship to Him. We learn and grow, seeking to experience personally our God and His love.
We offer catechism classes for youth and adults beginning in September. In these classes, we explore concepts of our Faith as Christians and as Anglicans, from theology and philosophy to liturgy and practical application.
The Catechism will include a more-than-solid, well-rounded introduction to theology - "studying the character of the One we love the most" - as well as key contemporary applications of that theology. We will engage in deep Bible study, examining Anglican practice and history, spiritual disciplines, discerning gifts and calling, and all tied in with great literature, i.e., The Chronicles of Narnia.
When and WHERE:
Youth (ages 13-18) classes will meet on Sundays, between services from 10:00-10:40 a.m. at the church. The Catechism program will be our TCT (Teaching and Community Time) offering for the Youth during the Fall and Spring season. We will break on several occasions during this time for combined Catechism teachings with the adult group. The program begins on Sunday, September 9, and the schedule will be publicized as we go.
Adult classes will meet on Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the church in the Adult TCT room. Childcare IS available on Thursday evenings. The adult program begins on Thursday, September 27.
level of commitment:
The schedule will include 16-22 classes during the months of September through April with a break in December, and possibly, an all-day retreat in the Fall and the Spring, particularly for the Youth. This is a serious commitment of time and energy. If it looks like you will be unable to participate very close to 75% of the time, then we gently suggest that you consider joining us another time.
Please also be aware that the program will potentially include other activities outside of the weekly meetings. We are looking at involving Youth Mentoring Small Groups during the week for the younger participants and possibly some extended activities on Sunday afternoons. In addition, if there is enough interest, we are considering a Summer Mission Trip for the participating young people.
how to participate:
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT:
We all want to faithfully know God and personally experience His love. However, in a time when our context is changing so quickly, our relationship with God can also seem uneasy. Our world has become "disenchanted," if you will, and our Faith can seem a bit thin.
The Narnian Catechism, as part of our larger Catechism efforts, is meant to strengthen us to faithfully know God and personally experience His love. We are simply acting in ways that we have inherited from Israel before Jesus, to Jesus and the Disciples, to Paul, Augustine, Cyril of Jerusalem, Calvin, Luther, Cranmer, along with the 20th century Roman Catholic Church, as well as Tim Keller's New City initiative in Manhattan, and with our own Anglican Church in North America. In addition, as Anglicans, we have historically done this catechism as part of preparing for Confirmation, both youth and adults.
We want to encourage you and your youth to consider attending our Narnian Catechism classes, whether you have already been confirmed, are seeking confirmation, or just want to explore the Faith in this important part of life in the Church.
This is a time to learn and be formed as a follower of Jesus. For many, catechism classes end in Confirmation, a wonderful, historic service in which a person confirms or reaffirms their Faith, and the Bishop prays for each individual to receive an ever-deeper filling by God the Holy Spirit, and a clearer sense of their role in His Body.
For others, catechism is simply a chance to explore the Faith. . .or to examine what we mean when we say phrases each week like, “The Body of Christ, the Bread of Heaven”. . .or even to discuss with other believers difficult or confusing elements of theology or our Anglican traditions.
Everyone is welcome to sign up, whether already confirmed, seeking confirmation, or seeking a time of meaningful discussion.