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At Holy Trinity, we recognize that one of the best gifts God has given us is each other. We believe we were made to love and support each other and to learn together. Because of this, the foundation of our congregation's learning is inter-generational. Our Faith Formation Team helps plan events and programs for all ages to Grow Together in Faith.
Last month in this space, we described the plan for Christian education for all ages that will be implemented beginning this fall. This plan emerged from the Faith Formation Team’s meetings with our consultant, John Roberto, in the winter and spring. Numerous members of Holy Trinity attended those meetings and contributed valuable input to the plan. As we move toward making it a reality, the team wishes to continue to be in communication with the congregation.
This coming Sunday, June 18, after the 9:30 service, we invite you to an open forum on “(Re-)Forming Faith Formation” at Holy Trinity. We will present the plan as it currently exists, take questions and feedback, and give information about how everyone can be involved in making it a success. If attendance and interest are sufficient, we can conclude with breakout sessions for those who are interested in faith formation for children, for youth, and for adults, respectively. (If attendance is light or we hear from many who can’t make it on the 18th, we plan to offer the same forum again on the 25th.)
A number of people who were involved in Christian education at Holy Trinity in the past have told me that the tradition here is for parents to be primarily responsible for their children’s program of formation. Parent involvement and commitment is certainly essential if children are to grow up with the kind of “sticky faith” that we all hope and pray for. But the goal of faith formation for all ages is not just sticky faith but the building of intergenerational relationships and a community of mutual support. Parents are overworked and families are stressed. A truly successful and sustainable program of faith formation will involve all generations in the teaching of children – not just for the children’s sake, but for the sake of the older adults who teach them and thereby build relationships with them and deepen their life of faith.
The plan for the coming year includes a much more robust program for adult formation as well as periodic whole-church events building on the strengths of the GIFT model. Please stay after church on June 18 to learn the details and find out how you can get involved!