March 27, 2022

Christian Formation Ministry

Our Offerings & Curriculum

St. Edward’s, adults participate in Bible Study, book clubs, workshops, and Advent and Lenten mediations and programs to grow in faith.  

Through classes on Sunday, our children learn our beliefs and traditions, grow in faith, form friendships, participate in our community, and find a safe space to express themselves. Our curriculum emphasizes God’s presence and love in our everyday lives and worship.

Primary Grades - Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori based, hands-on curriculum.

We begin the year learning  about God and Jesus as Good Shepherds who call us and care for us through Psalm 23, the Parable of the Good Shepherd, and the Parable of the Lost Sheep.  We then focus on the Eucharist in community.  Next, we prepare for Advent and Christmas learning Biblical geography and  hearing the prophecies of Jesus’ birth in the Old Testament.  We finish the semester with the Annunciation, Visitation with Elizabeth, Jesus’ Birth, and Adoration of the Magi.  In January, we completed the events in Jesus’ childhood.  In February and March , we explore the Parables of the Kingdom and observe Lent.  We end the year celebrating Holy Week, Easter, the Ascension, and Pentecost. 

We often take “in-church” field trips and learn about the Anglican Communion around the world. 

Youth (Secondary Grades) - Episcopal Curriculum for Youth

We use the Episcopal Curriculum for Youth developed by the Virginia Theological Seminary.  This three year rotation focuses on Relationships, Treasuring our Gifts, and Who are the People of God. 

At Home Christian Formation, Christian Education, and Sunday School Options

Our children unable to attend in person classes on Sunday, we recommend the Episcopal Children & Youth Curriculum of the Virginia Theological Seminary.  This free curriculum teaches Episcopal beliefs and practices with lessons for every age level. 

ADVENT - Beginning of the Church Year & 4 Sundays Preceding Christmas

Observing Advent helps families to find calm during end of semester and year stress and to remember waiting and patience is part of faith.  While the four weeks of Advent may seem a long wait for Christmas to come, the prophecies of Jesus’ birth were 900 years before.  Attached are activities to celebrate Advent together.

CHRISTMAS -12 Days to Epiphany

Christmas Time is an exciting time of the year.  Be sure to check the  weekly e-blast about Christmas Eve Pageant preparation and other events.  Attached are at home activities to learn about the 12 Days of Christmas.

Adult At Home Formation

Often commitments make it difficult to fulfill our baptismal and confirmation promises to continue in the study of the scriptures.  For those unable to participate in St. Edward’s in person offerings, we recommend using the Diocese of Atlanta for Faith Devotionals and the National Church Lectionary Bible Study.