YOUTH, YOUNG ADULTS, AND ADULT FORMATION
Godly Play is the educational curriculum used by Calvary in Sunday School for children in preschool through 6th grade. The curriculum invites children to discover God themselves and one another through our sacred stories. Based on the Montessori tradition, Godly Play uses a careful telling of scripture stories, engaging story figures and activities to encourage children to seek and find answers to their faith questions. The program respects the innate spirituality of children and encourages curiosity and imagination in experiencing the mystery and joy of God.
Sunday School takes place from September through May after the 9:30 am family worship service.
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES
Family Fun Nights are held monthly during the program year, September through May. The event takes place in Hannaford Hall from 6:00 until around 8:00 pm on Friday nights. Last year, we hosted two movie nights, a game night, a special just-for-kids gift-making day, and other fun activities on Friday evenings for the whole family to share.
Ministry to youth includes all Christian formation programs for youth ages 12 to 18, as well as youth-related spiritual and social activities, including youth field trips and mission trips. Volunteers include Sunday School leaders, chaperones at the mission and field trips, as well as adults who would like to help with youth-geared music, events, and other activities that encourage young people to see the church as a place not only to attend but also to belong.
During the church program year (September through May), young persons in Junior and Senior High School meet after the 9:30 am service for a time of fellowship, discussion of topics relevant to the youth, discussion of Bible readings, and various creative activities. Occasionally, extra special events will be scheduled.
We gladly welcome young adults to the church, both as participants in church life and as seekers of spiritual meaning. The most popular gathering for young adults is the Coffee House, a monthly event of music, food, fellowship, and even dance when the urge hits. Occasionally, a brunch is offered on Sundays for young adults, including a featured speaker to discuss contemporary and church issues that are of interest to young adults.
Christian formation for all persons, but especially for youth through adults, is an evolving ministry at Calvary. Last year, we offered a series on “Inside the Episcopal Mind” (an inquirer’s class), confirmation class, “Prophets and Mystics [and Heretic]” on mystical experience, and a class on contemporary issues. This coming year, we are planning a program year of various educational offerings, including a series on Islam and other faith traditions.
In addition, a Spiritual Meditation group meets each Thursday morning at 8:00 am to discuss the readings for the upcoming Sunday service. This group is open to all persons at any time.
Occasionally we offer a special series, reflecting the church season. Especially during Lent, special presentations are offered on topics relevant to that season, based on theological themes such as personal spiritual growth, the life of faith, and current issues. This year, the program included a Taize prayer service, followed by dinner and the presentation.