Children's and Family Christian Education
Until we can regather in person, these programs are offered virtually. To be added to the distribution list with information about these programs, please contact Rebecca Troutman: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christian Education classes are offered on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am for children from 4 years through 6th grade. Youth from 7th grade through high school meet on Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm after the evening service.
Children 4yrs through 1st grade
Godly Play is a Montessori-based curriculum that introduces children to the stories and themes of the Christian tradition and encourages them to imagine what these stories might be saying to them. Through careful story telling, working with beautiful materials, creative practice and working with other students, children find their own meaningful answers to faith questions.
The name was adopted years ago by our first middle school group. It stands for Episcopal Youth of Alexandria. If it conveys a lack of humility, it also conveys something of the boldness with which this group can enter into stories and story telling. This group gathers around a story or theme each week, using games, discussion, and creative engagement to learn and think about the meaning of their faith tradition.
The youth group gathers for a meal, sometimes cooked by the group, and then gathers for games and discussion and sharing stories about how life is going. Our youth groups have done mission trips, service projects, hikes, plays, movies, overnight lock-ins at the church and more. A goal of youth ministry is to provide a setting where young people can share and find support for their journey in a community of intentional welcome, inclusion and trust.
Adults gather on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am for discussion and presentations that can include Bible study, current events, theology, church, culture and spirituality.
In addition to the adult group that meets on Sundays, a wide range of adult education and formation opportunities are offered through St. Aidan's Center for Spiritual Deepening. The Center brings in speakers and teachers to guide us in spiritual practices such as Centering Prayer, using poetry in prayer or walking the labyrinth (we have two on our property). We explore the lives and teachings of spiritual leaders, saints, and mystics. Weekend workshops and retreats allow us to go deeper with visiting teachers and spiritual leaders, as do ongoing classes and discussion groups. We have made two pilgrimages to the island of Iona in Scotland.
Two current offerings that have become very popular are the Gospel of Thomas discussion on first and third Thursdays at 7:30 and Soul Circle on second and fourth Thursdays at 7:30. All are always welcome.