The Sunday morning formation time begins following the worship service (and coffee and fellowship time) at 11am, and lasts until 11:45 am. There are offerings for children (Sunday school is appropriate for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade) and for youth and adults (7th grade and older). Nursery care is available during this time; scroll down for information about our nursery.
Note: Sunday Morning Formation (other than the Nursery) is on hiatus until January 15.
Sunday Morning Formation for Youth and Adults
Spring 2023 (Begins January 15)
The Epistle of St. Jude - led by the Rev. Todd Weedman
Jude is a short epistle, condemning in fierce terms certain people the author sees as a threat to the early Christian community. According to Jude, these opponents are within the Christian community, but are not true Christians: they are scoffers, false teachers, malcontents, given to their lusts, and so on. The epistle reassures its readers that these people will soon be judged by God and offers hope in the face of these difficulties. Join us as we delve into this often-overlooked letter. This class will meet in the Cooke Hall worship space (for the campus map, see the diagram on the "What to Expect" page).
The Exploration Class - led by Pastor Nick (Spring Only)
Each Spring, Pastor Nick leads The Exploration Class, which is a wonderful opportunity to get to know more about what makes Grace Anglican tick. The class runs for 13 weeks, and covers everything we care about, from "the basics" like "Who is Jesus?" and "What is the Gospel?" to things like how the Anglican church is structured and how it came to be. This class will meet in the Art & Music Building (for the campus map, see the diagram on the "What to Expect" page).
Note: The Exploration Class is required for those seeking to become members of Grace Church and for confirmation (a ceremonial rite in which a mature believer "confirms" the faith that was celebrated at their baptism). Confirmation (or "reception," if you are confirmed in another Church) is required to become an official member of or to seek ordination in the ACNA (our denomination), or to serve on the vestry (the council of advice that supports and works with the pastor) of Grace Church. For completion, you must personally attend at least nine out of the thirteen weeks of the class. If you aren't able to make this commitment, we hope you can attend the next Exploration Class.
Spring 2022 Schedule:
- January 15: Who is Jesus?
- January 22: What is the Gospel?
- January 29: What is the Bible?
- February 5: What is Anglicanism?
- February 12: No class (Budget meeting)
- February 19: Reformation Anglicanism is Apostolic
- February 26: Reformation Anglicanism is Catholic
- March 5: Reformation Anglicanism is...Reformational
- March 12: Reformation Anglicanism is Episcopal
- March 19: Reformation Anglicanism is Liturgical
- March 26: Reformation Anglicanism is Sacramental
- April 2: No class (Palm Sunday)
- April 9: No class (Easter Sunday)
- April 16: No class (Pastor Nick in Rwanda)
- April 23: No class (Pastor Nick in Rwanda)
- April 30: Reformation Anglicanism is Transformational
- May 7: Reformation Anglicanism is Missional
- May 14: Exploring Grace Anglican
A Biblical Worldview - led by Pastor Nick (Fall Only)
As the world outside our doors seems to tear itself apart over issues of identity, sexuality, and justice, it is important for churches to be thinking about a more active catechesis on these so-called “issues of the day” and how a Christian with a solidly biblical worldview should perceive them. In his book Live Not By Lies, Rod Dreher suggests that—more and more—churches and families are going to have to be “resistance cells” against the world’s false gospels about identity, sexuality, and justice. In a sense, that's the purpose of this class: to strengthen our resistance cell. More accurately, we’re going to be proclaiming the Good News in the face of the world’s bad news, and helping equip you to proclaim it within your own families and in your own lives. This class will meet in the Art & Music Building (for the campus map, see the diagram on the "What to Expect" page).
Sunday Morning Formation for Children
Beginning at 11:00 am (and running until 11:45) our Sunday School meets in the Art & Music Building. For a campus map, see the What to Expect page).
Spring start date: January 15
Sunday School at Grace Anglican Church engages kids in a gospel-centered, structured, and active learning environment. Sunday School is fun! Bible lessons are taught using Lifeway's Gospel Project curriculum, where kids hear, week in and week out, the good news of Christ's finished work for this worn-out world. Every week teachers lead our kids through a catechetical "mini service" based on the Book of Common Prayer (2019). It's a fun, kid-friendly liturgy that assists families in training their children in the basics: the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments. Martin Luther taught the importance of this in the introduction to his Shorter Catechism: "...with young persons...teach them first of all the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, etc., according to the text, word for word, so that they can repeat it after you and commit it to memory."
At Grace Anglican's K-5 Sunday School, kids learn in a classically Protestant, content-rich environment. Every week, kids have fun learning the profound Biblical stories of the Good News of Jesus Christ along with the basics of our faith through singing, hand motions, older kids reading to younger kids, antiphonal recitation, and most importantly: through the caring, interested, and devoted attention of each Sunday School teacher and volunteer.
Spring 2023: Our Spring 2023 Sunday school will be split into two groups. See details below:
K-2nd Grade: Our K-2 group will be using The Gospel Project's "Jesus the Savior" curriculum. "Jesus the Savior" helps kids discover how Jesus told parables, or stories, to help people understand what the kingdom of heaven is like. One day, these stories will become our reality when Jesus returns and reverses the curse of sin. As people began to turn against Jesus, He journeyed toward Jerusalem. Jesus continued to tell people that they needed to repent, and He prepared His followers for His death. Soon after Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, He was betrayed, arrested, tried, and crucified. The darkest moment of the gospel story became the brightest when Jesus rose from the dead to provide forgiveness for all of God’s people. After Jesus rose from the dead, He spent 40 more days proving that He is alive and preparing His followers to continue His mission after He returned to heaven to be with His Father.
3rd-5th Grade: Our 3-5 group will be studying Jesus in the Old Testament, looking at a survey of typology and Christophanies in the Hebrew scriptures and exploring the explicit lines drawn between the Old and New Testaments, seeing how Jesus Christ was God's plan of salvation from the very beginning.
Children of all ages are always welcome in the service; coloring sheets and crayons are provided. For your convenience, our nursery (which opens at 9:15 am) is available for children who have not yet started kindergarten. A nursery volunteer will be available at check-in to help you figure out where to go. For a campus map, see the What to Expect page. The nursery is open until 11:00am during the summer (when there are no Formation offerings) and until 12:00pm during the school year (when there are).
We have a computerized check-in system at the nursery; each child will receive a sticker with a unique alpha-numeric code that matches a sticker given to the parent. We have background-checked and trained nursery volunteers. The safety of your child is our first priority.
Well Child Policy
We know kids get sick! While sharing is a good thing, sharing illness isn’t so fun. If your child has any of the following symptoms, we ask that they rest at home or with parents during worship:
- Temperature of 100 degrees or higher in the last 24 hours
- Vomiting in the last 24 hours
- Diarrhea in the last 24 hours
- Severe Coughing in the last 24 hours
- Colored nasal drainage
- Pink eye
- Head lice
- Undiagnosed rash
- Open skin lesions
- Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease (last 14 days)
- Any infectious disease