Christian Education

“My child, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and abundant welfare they will give you.”  —Proverbs 3:1-2

 

Sunday School  9:30—10:15 a.m. (September-May)

  • Children (age 3-Grade 5)
  • Youth Group (Grades 6-12)
  • Adult Forum

The Children’s Sunday School uses the Spark! Lectionary curriculum which follows stories in the Revised Common Lectionary. Throughout the 3-year cycle, each lesson comes from a Bible story in the Old Testament, the Gospels, or Acts.
The nursery is available for all children up to 4 years old during Sunday School time. Stephanie and Greg follow the same Spark! curriculum as our school-age kids, tailored especially for infants and toddlers. For kids 4 years old through 2nd grade, Spark! leads us through the lectionary year with our colorful and easy to understand story Bibles and activities. Our 3rd-5th graders take it a step further, with the Spark! Bible, where we activate our faith through thoughtful but kid-friendly activities and discussions.

Children’s Chapel is held Sundays from 10:30-11 a.m. The children join their families in “big church” during the offertory time. Our Children’s Chapel curriculum is called Holy Moly! This creative and fun program teaches through these important ways: Discover – Each Holy Moly lesson starts with an animated Bible story retelling and an activity to jump start kids’ imaginations about what they’ll see and do! Relate – Next, kids talk about the story they just watched. Kids relate to the Bible story and each other. They discuss what surprised them & what made them wonder! Connect – Then, through the pages of the Holy Moly Bible Storybook, kids listen to the story again as a way to ground the lesson in scripture. Create – Finally, creativity flows as kids complete activities that reinforce the lessons they watch in the Bible story retelling.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Smith at knsmith@gracecathedraltopeka.org

“Youth at Grace” Middle and High School class meets in the 2nd floor Senior High Room. The lessons are based on the Confirm not Conform program as well as My Faith, My Life that guide the youth through the questions of their faith.

For Adults: The Adult Forum meets in All Saints Hall each Sunday and covers various topics.

September 9-30
The Book of Hebrews — The Book of Hebrews, commonly known as the Letter to the Hebrews, is probably the most profound book written in the New Testament period, and one of the most difficult for modern readers to understand. It has been described as a “delight for someone who enjoys puzzles.” Bring your Bibles, and be prepared to drink from a fire hose, as Pastor George explores the wonders of this book.

October 7-28
Faith, Facts and Fords — “Jim’s car is a Ford.” Is this an objective claim or a subjective claim? It is clearly objective. Jim’s car is either a Ford or it is not. “Jim’s Ford is a cool (hip) car.” This second claim is subjective because it depends on what each of us considers “hip” or “cool.”

Now, park Jim’s car for a moment and ask yourself: Is your faith and belief in God, Christianity and your choice to express that faith in the Episcopal community based on objective or subjective experiences? If objective, why do so many people believe and worship so differently? (or not at all?) If subjective, does it make any real difference what you believe or how you worship, or does sincerity make all spiritual paths equal?

This Adult Forum with Steven Roth will explore these questions in the context of three world religions– Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. Compare and contrast these faith communities to those of Christianity and your own experiences.

Education for Ministry (EfM)

EfM is a four-year course of study designed for laity seeking theological education. EfM is a distance learning program of the School of Theology of the University of the South.

The texts cover the Bible and the history of the church from earliest times to the present. In addition, students examine the relationship between their own life experiences and the material studied. The class meets at the Cathedral weekly from September to May at 6 p.m. You do not have to be a member of the Cathedral to participate. Tuition is required. Email questions to Arceile Ridgeway