"One generation commend your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts." Psalm 145:4
Through the involvement of the Diocese of New Jersey's Way of St. Paul¸ Church of the Holy Spirit has been encouraged to move toward intergenerational formation, the lifelong process of growing in our relationship with God, ourselves, others, and all creation. Members of the Church of the Holy Spirit have been working since the end of the spring of 2016 to develop a formation platform that encompasses three main elements:
- intergenerational in-common experiences such as music, worship, and rituals centered around a theme or module
- parallel learning, separate generations working on projects or tasks within the same module, but in different ways to best fit development or interest
- intergenerational occasions, celebrations related to the module.
The shift in our formation design changes how our young people will be involved weekly. To conform to our deep Christian roots, which naturally included intergenerations as the norm, we are moving away from grade and age segregated learning. Young people will still have parallel learning experiences, but they will no longer be confined to grade separated classrooms. Instead, our young people will be engaged in hands on experiential learning lead by many members of the congregation to expose them to the related module throughout the church year.
Children will meet with Father Phil every Sunday at 945 am to begin their learning. Depending on the activities planned for each Sunday, children will then be instructed as to what they will be doing for the remainder of service. Some Sundays they will have an integral role in the worship service while some Sundays they will be involved in an activity or series of activities and will join the service for communion.
Interested in confirmation? Contact Pat Egan.
The confirmation instruction for 2016 took place August 20-22 at Confirmation Camp. Confirmation will be held on Ocotber 30, 2016.
"Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance"
For additional information, please contact Michelle Marlow at email@example.com.