Christian Formation Education for Adults and Children

Christian formation education for adults and children has an important place at St. Dunstan’s.

Adult Bible Study and Discussions

Adults experience Bible study and participate in discussions of relevant books under the guidance of the associate rector for parish life.  These are enrichment sessions that meet on weekends for parishioners who wish to deepen their understanding of sacred texts and discern their meaning in our world today.  During Lent 2019, parishioners hosted Lenten study groups in their homes as well. An annual Women of St. Dunstan’s retreat also explores spiritual and secular issues and solutions.

Children’s Programs

Children’s programs are the main focus of our recently appointed family ministry coordinator who also is planning to incorporate intergenerational programs in a “whole family” approach. Potlucks, labyrinth activities, between-services brunch, and a monthly children’s night are just a few of the ideas on the wish list. While new ideas continue to be shared, we are grateful for the wonderful children’s programs we already have.

Nursery

Our nursery, known as Light and Love, serves our youngest children ages 12 weeks through preschool age. Here, infants and younger children can participate in songs and stories and engage in creative activities while their parents worship at the 10 am service.

Sunday School

(ages preschool and up) Our Sunday School curriculum, called Godly Play, is based on Montessori principles. Godly Play allows children to explore their innate spirituality through engagement with stories from the Bible. Following the story, children are invited to explore their thoughts and ideas through expressive art.

re:form: Tweens and Teens

Using games, videos and discussion, participating youth develop their tools for critical thinking, faithful reflection and discovery. And they have fun!

Acolytes

Acolytes play an important role in Sunday services and more deeply experience the liturgy and their faith in the process.

Youth in Action

This child-driven youth service organization initiated and sponsored by St. Dunstan’s is open to any local children who want to make their community a better place. The youth steering committee members choose their own service projects, which have included activities addressing food insecurity with I-Help, Ag Against Hunger, Nancy’s Project and Rise Against Hunger; the comfort of rescue animals with the SPCA; and literacy with the Read to Me Project.

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