Christian Formation is the intentional and life-long process of faith development, of growing in our knowledge and love of God, and of equipping individuals and congregations to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world.
Christian Formation involves education for children, youth, and adults, and it includes experience, prayer, spiritual disciplines, and liturgy in deepening our understanding of what it means to be a Christian in the contemporary world. It is as much about transformation as it is about information.
Download the Flyer for Opportunities for Youth in 2017
Happening Staff Retreat - February 17-19, 2017
Cathedral Pilgrimage - May 19-21, 2017
Youth and Family Work Days at Bellwether Farm - May 6 and June 24, 2017
EPISCOPAL YOUTH EVENT 2017 - JULY 10-14, 2017 - UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
EYE is the second largest event in the Episcopal Church and the single largest youth event in the Episcopal Church, typically attended by some 1300 young people, adult sponsors, bishops, staff, and resource people. EYE is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make connections across the Church and to grow in relationship to God through Jesus Christ.
Application Deadline - January 31, 2017
For additional information and to view a video regarding EYE visit http://www.episcopalchurch.org/blog/eye
Happening is led by youth, with the support of adults, and the weekend is spent in a relaxed, informal, loving environment where you can enjoy fellowship and share your faith. It’s a time to get closer to God and to continue to grow in the Christian faith.
Top 10 Reasons Children are Welcome in Our Church
10. Repeated exposure to the sights, sounds and symbols of Eucharist help form all Christians.
9. Children actually LIKE sitting in those usually-empty front row seats so they can see and hear what's going on.
8. It would be expensive to repaint all those signs to read "The Episcopal Church Only Welcomes Adults."
7. Practice Makes Perfect - Teaching young children to enjoy and participate in the service helps them become active and receptive worshipping adults.
6. There are no pop quizzes at the communion rail! We all experience the Eucharist as a mystery . . . you don't have to be able to explain it in order to benefit from it.
5. Children have their own unique relationships with God. Being in church helps them learn how to pray, sing, worship and otherwise strengthen that relationship.
4. If children aren't in church, who are the candy-unwrapping, restless, coughing, whispering adults going to blame for the noise?
3. Sunday services make great family-togetherness time. Use the quiet space for extra hand-holding or snuggling time that may get lost during a busy week.
2. Children teach us what absolute joy looks like - and what better place to experience that than in church?
1. . . . and the Number One reason why children are welcomed in our church: The Circle of God's family is incomplete without them!
Tracey E. Herzer, President, 2007
National Association for Episcopal Christian Education Directors