Learning

Formation and discipleship for all ages

The Anglican/Episcopal tradition speaks of a three-legged stool of authority. The legs of the stool are Scripture, Reason and Tradition. In order to better understand the claims our faith makes on us and how it influences our lives, we use our intellect and understanding of the divine as we engage in study of the Bible and the tradition. Christian education and formation is meant for all of us at every stage of our development.
Children and Youth

Please note that we’ve made some temporary changes to programming for Children and Youth in light of COVID-19. See our Family Ministries page for up-to-date information. 

Godly Play

During the Sunday 11:00 am service, children ages 3 to 10 are encouraged to participate in our Godly Play program. Younger children are welcome in the nursery, and older children are invited to serve as Acolytes in the worship service.

Godly Play is a Montessori-based method of Biblical Storytelling. In each session, the children hear a sacred story, parable or liturgical lesson and respond to open-ended questions that invite them to wonder about what they have just heard. The children engage in art or imaginative play as they continue to explore the meaning of the story. Their time together concludes with prayers of thanksgiving.

Each year our curriculum is refreshed and we have new stories and a new emphasis on learning the basics of faith. However, we also continue Godly Play’s focus on the relationship between God and your child.

Some families have asked why Sunday School starts and ends with the children in church. Yes, they can get distracted and a bit wiggly. But kids pick up more than we think during the service, and it makes a profound impact on them to see their parents and other adults in church, taking faith seriously. We also think it’s important for them to realize that all that happens in church – particularly communion – is for them now, not just for grown-ups. ​However, it’s important to know that our professional nursery attendant is available in the Parish House to care for your child before Godly ​Play begins, as well as during Coffee Hour. The nursery is open to all children from infants through 10-year-olds. ​Children 11 and older are invited to serve as acolytes, assisting in the service.

Echo the Story

Echo the Story is our Sunday School program for children in middle school (6th to 8th grade). It is a Biblical narrative journey designed for youth using a collection of learning styles. Class is held from 10:00 to 10:40 a.m. in the Parish House.

High School Youth Group

High school youth meet monthly to discuss how faith plays a part in our everyday lives, with an emphasis on contemporary issues and events. Each participant is invited to speak their mind freely and explore what the Christian faith means to them – and how faith can help, support and guide them in their journey towards adulthood.

Contact the Rev. Rik Pike, Interim Associate, to learn more about our opportunities for children and youth.

Bible Study and Spiritual Formation

Please note that Sunday Bible Study and other spiritual formation opportunities are being conducted via Zoom to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Join our email list to receive Zoom access information.

Sunday Bible Study

Bible Study is held on Sundays from 9:45 to 10:30 am. We generally follow the Yale Bible Study program, which offers course materials on select books of the Bible, deepened by insights from Yale Divinity School professors.

Small Group Studies

Our next series for small groups begins this summer with a focus on the Enneagram, an ancient tool for spiritual development organized into a typology of nine interconnected personality types. The series kicks off Thursday, June 10, at 7:00 p.m. with an “Introduction to the Enneagram” by the Rev. Michelle Meech, Rector at St. John’s in Kingston, NY and Enneagram specialist. The following week, small groups will begin a six-part study of The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by noted contemporary American author and Franciscan friar Richard Rohr.

Contact the clergy if you would like to participate in a small group of six to eight parishioners – and let us know what days of the week and times of day (morning/afternoon/evening) are most convenient for you. Please note that small groups will meet on Zoom

Spiritual Tips and Biblical Reflections

We are collecting spiritual tips and reflections on Scripture from members and friends of the parish. If you have a favorite prayer practice, devotional book, Bible verse or other source of spiritual nourishment, contact the clergy to share it with the larger Incarnation community. Submissions in writing or video recording (up to 2 minutes) are welcome. Thank you for helping us “encourage one another and build each other up” as the Body of Christ. (1 Thess. 5:11).

Contact the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser, Interim Priest in Charge, for more information.

Inquirers’ Class

Every spring, we offer a series of six weekly meetings to present the understanding of the Christian faith professed by the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. It is the normal preparation for becoming an official member of Incarnation, but the course also serves as a refresher for those who are already members and a place for non-Episcopalians to explore questions about faith and life.

The 2021 Inquirers’ Class will take place during Eastertide on the following Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 pm:

  • April 14:  Introduction to the Sacraments
  • April 21:  The Prayer Book
  • April 28:  The History of the Episcopal Church
  • May 5:  A Race through the Bible
  • May 12:  Christian Belief and Practice
  • May 19:  Nurturing our Spiritual Lives

Confirmation Sunday will be this fall, when we welcome Bishop Andrew St. John to preach and celebrate the Eucharist. Bishop St. John will confirm members of the 2020 and 2021 Confirmation Classes, and what a celebration it will be!

Contact the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser, Interim Priest in Charge, for more information or to register for the class. Parishioners are also welcome to “drop in” for individual classes based on topics of interest.

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