Christian Formation is an integral part of life at St. Dunstan’s. In addition to worship, it is comprised of Sunday morning church school, a bi-annual Confirmation class, Youth Group and Vacation Bible school. For adults, there is the biweekly intergenerational group, as well as occasional Lenten and other seasonal offerings.
Programs are run by volunteers with guidance from the Christian Formation Steering Team, a ministry team dedicated to the prayerful formation of our children and youth throughout their life and ministry at St. Dunstan’s, with our goal being to best equip them for Christian life outside of their homes, on college campuses and in the workforce.
St. Dunstan’s Church School begins September 17th and will continue through May 20th. Classes will be offered most Sundays during the program year from 9:00 – 9:50 am., enabling our children and volunteers to attend worship together at 10:00 am.
We offer programs for two age groups:
Ages 4 years to 6th grade will be in one room, and the curriculum will be a mixture of Godly Play lessons as well as a new program called Deep Blue. We are looking forward to starting the Deep Blue program this year. Deep Blue is a video based lesson with discussion and activities. We have decided to include some Godly Play lessons scattered throughout the year instead of completely disregarding the beloved lessons that have been taught over the past years. Each Godly Play lesson includes the telling of Christian story, a discussion, and an activity. The Godly Play lessons we chose to include this year are ones that we see important in the development for children’s own individual knowledge of and relationship with God. Classes are offered most Sundays and meet in a downstairs classroom.
For teens in 7th grade and older, and adults, we will offer an expanded version of Donuts and Discourse, the class we started last fall as a way to engage our teenagers. However, there is a slight twist this year: Donuts and Discourse will be an intergenerational class for anyone grade seven and above. We would love to parents and other adults join the discourse. This year we will be using Rob Bell’s Nooma series as a platform for our conversation. Rob has produced engaging ten-minute videos on all sorts of theological topics. And, of course there will be donuts. Classes are offered on the First and Third Sundays of the month and meet in the Clowes Reading Room.