The gospel calls Christians to learn and to teach. Teaching is an important means of communicating this central message of the Christian faith. The Word is proclaimed in preaching and in the sacraments, and it is also proclaimed in teaching
Christian education is at the very heart of the church. The people of God, gathered in community, grow in faith and in the ability to live out their faith in daily life. This faith formation is the life-long, ongoing process by which every Christian, young or old, answers their baptismal call to follow Jesus. Following Jesus—living the faith is being on a journey. The journey begins in baptism and ends with entrance into the promised eternal life. People on the journey are always in the process of becoming.
Communities of faith become what God has intended them to be. Individual Christians become what God has called them to be–fully formed disciples of Jesus Christ. Individual Christians grow as a part of a community of faith. Children grow in the faith by the intentional action of parents, pastors, teachers and other members of the community. They become disciples of Jesus Christ and learn to live as disciples through the Christian home, the congregation’s Sunday school, confirmation program and in many other ways.
Adults are also in a process of growth. “New Christians” and those who have been believers for many years need to be nurtured in the Word as they continue their faith journey. Through interaction with other Christians, one-on-one or in groups, the people of God learn the faith, grow in their understanding, develop attitudes that shape their lives and acquire proficiency in the faith practices that are valued and taught by the community. All believers continue the process of becoming. Education is the process by which they become.
Alpha is a ten-week opportunity to explore the validity and relevance of the Christian faith for our lives today. It is a practical introduction to the basics of Christianity with loads of opportunity for debate and discussion. The style of Alpha is informal, friendly and non-pressured - a style which seems to be appreciated in Canadian culture.
Alpha is enjoyed and appreciated as much by those who have never set foot in a church as it is by those who once attended and by the regular churchgoer. No matter what their background, whether investigating Christianity for the first time or revisiting their faith, participants get a lot out of an Alpha Course.
Each week people meet together for a meal, a talk on topics such as "Who is Jesus?", "Why Did Jesus Die?", "How Can I be Sure of My Faith?", and "Does God Still Heal Today?" , followed by small group interaction. There is a day or weekend retreat midway through the course, which focuses on the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
2,903 Canadian churches have now run Alpha courses and about one million Canadians have already participated. 50 courses are running in Canada's prisons, including Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre. 363 Marriage Courses and 36 Marriage Prep courses are registered. Most Canadians live within easy access of an Alpha course. For our local course please click here to visit their website.
This was a day of learning and fun for children. The activities included:
Within our Canadian mosaic, reclaiming holy days as we have on Ash Wednesday is one way we can nurture the Christian faith of our children while respecting the diversity of our nation.
Cursillo is a Spanish word that means "short course" and is pronounced "kur-SEE-yo." The movement began in the Roman Catholic church in Spain during the late 1940s with the intention of building faith and renewing the Church. It has since grown into a worldwide movement which has taken root within a number of denominations. Cursillo seeks to foster, develop and sustain Christian leaders and to encourage apostleship. The movement tries to provide participants with tools to live the Christian life more fully, with a resulting impact on the world.
Following a three-day, live-in weekend that includes a series of talks, discussion, worship and fellowship, the Cursillo Movement stresses ongoing spiritual development through gathering with the wider community, meeting in small groups and engaging in spiritual direction.
The E100 is a systematic Bible reading challenge that you can take by yourself (though the experience is enhanced when you do it with others). The Challenge consists of a carefully selected list of short Bible passages – 50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament. It guides you through the Bible so that you can get the big picture of the Story without getting bogged down or frustrated. Our research shows that once an individual completes the E100, his or her appetite for consistent Bible reading results in sustainable habit formation.
To take the E100 Challenge simply purchase The Essential Bible Guide View Sample and the Reading Planner, sign up on the E100 Challenge Wall, grab your Bible, and you’re good to go! The Reading Planner helps you chart your course and The Essential Bible Guide is your companion for the journey. The Challenge is designed to be achievable. Readings are usually about 1-2 chapters in length and can easily be read in 10 minutes or less. If you need more time, you take all the time you want – there are no dates or deadlines.
Our Mission Statement – As Disciples of Christ we are to worship, teach and equip. To be agents of healing, love, justice and forgiveness.
Our Vision Statement – A growing community called to know Jesus Christ and make Him known in the world by our presence.
Our God Squad program is a 30-minute, customized, lectionary-based curriculum, set into the context of our ongoing congregational life. We welcome children from 4 to 12 years of age at the 9:15 and 11:00 am Sunday services. God Squad formally begins in September with the change to the fall service schedule and ends in June with our potluck picnic.
Each God Squad session begins with reflection and prayer.
Our teachers’ goal is to bless the children by encouraging and empowering them to delve deeper into the meaning and values of each Sunday’s scripture message. Stories, storyboards, videos, games, journals and crafts reinforce the message.
God Squad celebrates several Holy Days during the year. Our Holy Day parties use various fun activities to help the children understand the meaning of these special days.
Each year the children participate in Outreach projects. The outreach projects help the children experience our faith beyond the church building’s four walls.
We believe that parental involvement is an important part of our program. We encourage parents to help our volunteer teachers, and to regularly discuss Sunday School activities with their child(ren).
For those children who attend the 8 am service, are not quite old enough to attend God Squad, or do not wish to leave their parents, colouring pictures and activity sheets similar to those distributed in God Squad can be found in the “Children’s Corner” at the back of the church. The Children’s Corner is available to the children year round.
For more information, please contact the church office at 613-836-1001.
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Messy Church uses hands-on activities to explore Bible stories, liturgical seasons (like Advent or Lent), liturgical feasts (Christmas, Easter, Pentecost), and to reflect on God in creative ways. We are thrilled to introduce MC to the West Carleton Ministry Team starting in April!
Messy Church is, after all, church. So it only makes sense that it be modelled after what we participate in on Sundays: gathering in community, hearing a story, praying through song, sharing a meal, and being sent out to the world God loves. Children and youth 13 and under are invited with their families to hear a story told in the Godly Play practice, teaching us to listen for God and make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in our lives. Trust that the morning will truly be messy and come in your comfortable clothes!
Your children are still infants? Bring them! They will create memories from an early age, knowing that church is a safe place they can be themselves.
This group meets in the Chapel on Wednesday mornings at 10 am. At present we are studying the Bible readings for the following Sunday. Clergy lead the discussion: we are encouraged to ask questions and compare ideas. After the Bible study, we come together for the Eucharist where we offer prayers for the community and for ourselves. Everyone is welcome. Anyone interested in learning more about this Ministry is asked to contact the church office.
St. Paul's Anglican Church20 Young RoadKanata, ON K2L 1W1 Tel: (613) 836-1001
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