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

Our offerings for children and youth run from mid-September through mid-June. 

Sunday School for Children

During the Sunday 11:00 am service, children ages 3 to 10 are encouraged to participate in our Sunday School program. Younger children (pre-K to 2nd grade) meet for Godly Play. Older children (3rd to 5th grade) meet for Storymakers.

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.

Storymakers is a new Christian resource that is dedicated to sharing the “Old Stories” that have carried and sustained Christians throughout the centuries. The Storymakers approach invites children to become Storymakers themselves, so that God’s story becomes their story.

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 Sunday School begins, as well as during Coffee Hour. The nursery is open to all children from infants through 10-year-olds. (Please note that nursery care is currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.)

Confirmation Class

Middle schoolers engage in a program of Christian education, community service, acolyting, and fellowship gatherings in preparation for the Sacramental Rite of Confirmation in late Spring.

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. Adrian Dannhauser, Interim Priest in Charge, to learn more about our opportunities for children and youth.

Bible Study and Spiritual Formation

Sunday Bible Study

Bible Study is held in the Parish House on Sundays from 10:00 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. Bible Study returns with the start of our program year on Sunday, September 12, when we’ll begin a study of the Book of Daniel.

Small Group Studies

Our fall small group series will focus on Adam Hamilton’s book, Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say. Compare common “Christian” sayings with the wisdom found in Scripture. Small groups will meet weekly for five consecutive weeks beginning the week of Sunday, October 17Contact the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser if you would like to participate in a lay-led small group of six to eight parishioners. Let her know what days of the week and times of day (morning/afternoon/evening) are most convenient for you, and whether you prefer to meet in person or on Zoom.

Prior studies have included The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by noted contemporary American author and Franciscan friar Richard Rohr.

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. Topics include:

  • Introduction to the Sacraments
  • The Prayer Book
  • The History of the Episcopal Church
  • A Race through the Bible
  • Christian Belief and Practice
  • Nurturing our Spiritual Lives

Confirmation Sunday will be September 26, when we welcome the Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, Bishop of New York, to preach and celebrate the Eucharist. Bishop Dietsche 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.

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