Grow in Understanding
Education is an important aspect of life at St. Nick’s. We offer both adult and youth educational opportunities. Some of our educational opportunities include Godly Play, Acolytes, Inquirers’ Class, Education for Ministry (EfM), as well as thought-provoking short-term adult book study offerings.
The nursery is available for infants and young children during Sunday morning services, beginning at 9:15 a.m.
Godly Play for children ages 3 to 10yrs
WHAT IS GODLY PLAY
The result of a lifetime of research and practice by theologian, author and educator The Rev. Dr.Jerome Berryman, the Godly Play method is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God’s presence in our lives.
The Godly Play curriculum engages what is most exciting about religious education: God inviting us into—and pursuing us in the midst of—Scripture and spiritual experience.
Godly Play practice teaches us to listen for God and to make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in our lives.
Godly Play is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian formation and spiritual guidance.
Godly Play has a foundation of 40+ years of research and practice.
Godly Play values process, openness, discovery, community and relationships.
Godly Play models the worship life, stories, symbols and rituals of Christian congregations.
Godly Play allows practitioners to make relevant and personal theological meaning.
Godly Play nurtures participants to larger dimensions of belief and faith through wondering and play.
Friday Faith Study Group
The Friday Faith Study Group meets at 10 a.m. Fridays in the home of a parishioner for prayer, readings and a discussion.
Education for Ministry
“Education for Ministry, or EfM, is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice.” EfM is an Episcopal learning model that comes from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennesee. The hope of EfM studies is to learn more about the foundations of Christianity and try to discern how you are called to live the message of Jesus.
Even though the origin and the base for these studies is rooted in the Episcopal tradition, the course is open to all Christians of varying denominations.
If you are interested in this program, we invite you to explore the following link: http://efm.sewanee.edu/
Also, feel free to speak with other EfM participants/graduates about the EfM experience and how it influenced them.
Vacation Bible School (Faith through the Arts)
Vacation Bible School is a children’s program held in the summer. St. Nicholas’ VBS explores our “Faith through the Arts” and is led by artisans from our congregation.