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Christian Education


 

The mission of the Christian Education Commission is to provide an environment that promotes spiritual development in both children and adults, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Education at St. Peter's provides opportunities for instruction and fellowship to parishioners of all ages. Church School for children and adults is held weekly at 10:00 a.m. except for the summer months. A volunteer coordinates the program for the parish's children.

The Church School sponsors several events for the youth throughout the year including an annual hayride and cookout, a family craft day in December, a Christmas Pageant, Easter Egg hunt, and Youth Sunday. Outreach projects completed by Church School students have included conducting canned food drives, assembling Christmas Shoe Boxes for mission outreach, and preparing Christmas cards for the parish's shut-ins.

Summer Vacation Bible School is offered for one week in the summer. Our parents spend long hours planning and preparing for VBS. Beautiful and creative decorations always accompany the theme.

Adult Education focuses on a wide range of topics from scripture study, to a study of religions. Our adult education class has grown to an average attendance of over 20 people, under the leadership of Rector. We've enjoyed book discussion groups during the Lenten season.

The Youth group is very active under strong adult lay leadership. It consists of 15 - 20 youth, grades 6 - 12. The group participates in monthly activities which have included Christmas caroling, ski trips, movies, weekend trips to ShrineMont and the annual youth mission trip. They raised their own support through yard sales, bake sales, congregational dinners, and a golf tournament. The youth assist with packing school supplies for the Back to School Fair, sponsored by Matthew's Haven, one of our Outreach ministries.

 

  • Children's Education - Our current programs include Sunday school, Nursery Care, Christmas Pageant, and Vacation Bible School. There are many opportunities to participate in these events on a one-time basis or on a longer commitment. Volunteering with the children of St. Peters is spiritually rewarding not only for the volunteer but for the children as well. 

    Church School - St. Peter's offers Christian education for all grade levels and adults.
     
  • Nursery Helpers - Adults and teenage youth volunteers to provide care to the little ones on Sundays and possibly during other events throughout the year. Parents who regularly use the Nursery will be placed on the rotation schedule. 

     

    Palm Sunday Craft & Bake Sale - Children (and their parents) make crafts and bake food items which are then sold on Palm Sunday. This is a fundraiser for various mission and outreach projects.

    Christmas Family Craft Day - Children and their parents participate in this fun filled fellowship day of making Christmas ornaments. This event is held the first Sunday in December following the 11:00 a.m. service.

     

     

    Christmas Pageant - The pageant is held before Christmas each year, with children from the church school acting out the Christmas story for the parish to enjoy.


     

     

     

     

     

     

    Vacation Bible School - Coordinators, teachers, leaders and helpers are needed the 1st week of August each year. Pre-planning meetings begin in April and meet monthly through August. 

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    Adult Education - This group will provide long-range planning, visioning and developing a mission statement to facilitate continued spiritual growth. Commitment to reaching individuals, responding to their different gifts and needs and to encourage living a Christ-centered life. 45 minute Sunday morning offerings of Bible Study, lecture, discussions, and speakers of topics of interest to adults and the community. Although primarily lead by the Rector, volunteer "teachers" and leaders are needed. 


    Bible Study -Volunteer's to develop an ongoing series of small study groups.

    Inquirers Class - A series of classes taught by the Rector to prepare those desiring confirmation, reception into the Episcopal Church from another faith tradition, or those who wish to renew their baptismal vows. Volunteers are needed to assist class meetings held at the church.

     

     

     

    Youth Sunday - This Sunday is usually the first Sunday in June and it is a culmination of the church school year.  Children participate in every aspect of the service and our high school seniors share their experiences as youth at St. Peter's.