Lifelong Christian education and spiritual formation
We offer lifelong Christian education and spiritual formation by developing learning experiences that respond to the questions, challenges, and needs that each person brings from their particular faith stage and circumstance in life. On Sunday mornings and throughout the week, we offer classes for adults, young adults, youth, children and special all-age learning opportunities.
To learn more about our Weekday or Sunday Adult program,s and information about volunteer opportunities, contact our parish administrator: Audry Gagnon.
Children as Ministers
Children in Worship
Children’s Ministry Team
There are multiple ways to become involved with Children’s Ministries at St. Bartholomew’s. All of these positions require completion of the Safeguarding God’s Children Course. Contact the director for children and youth, or Chip Reynolds, vestry person for children’s formation, for more information or to find your place on our team.
7th-12th Grades Sunday Morning Formation
(Sunday morning at 9:30am -10:15am in Wardens’ Hall, August – May)
Our Youth Sunday Morning Formation gatherings help young people continue to build deep friendships, through Scripture and the use of Christian language connect the themes of scripture to their lives, learn about the ministries of the parish, get involved in outreach, and discover approaches to spirituality and prayer. Youth engage in active listening, understanding their Episcopal identity, and leadership. Participants explore issues like poverty and violence, learn spiritual practices like prayer beads and meditation, and engage in conversations about important relationships and vocatio
An important part of entering into the youth program at St. Bartholomew’s youth community is a celebration and liturgical acknowledgement of the life transition of entering the teen years. Around the thirteenth birthday of each new teen we have community celebration of the new teens which includes festive dinner, rehearsal for reading in the Sunday morning worship service, and special prayers that are said for the teens, their parents, family and friends. The Rite-13 celebration is in addition to participation in Sunday Morning Formation and other youth activities. Contact Christen Erskine, The Director of Formation, Children and Youth, to learn more about this practice and process.
Youth Confirmation Preparation
Senior High Youth that have completed their pilgrimage are invited to discern confirmation in the Episcopal Church in community. Confirmation preparation connects youth with mentors and the meeting time is negotiated by the group for full participation by all those interested. Participants explore living out the Baptismal Covenant through the Episcopal tradition and helps the youth identify their individual gifts and empower their ministries. For more information contact the Director of Formation for Children and Youth.
Young adult specific formation at St. Bartholomew’s sprang from the need for those in their 20s and 30s to find a community of friends with similar interests and at similar junctures in life. No longer youth, many young adults come to St. Bartholomew’s looking for a Christian community providing a safe space to explore the “chances and changes of this life” with others doing the same. St. Bartholomew’s is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing place for young adults to come explore their lives in the context of one’s faith. We believe that Jesus Christ is present to us and alive within us as we discover who we are in this world, and who we are called to be. Come join us! You are always welcome here.
St. Bartholomew’s is a place where you can feel free to pursue God in a nourishing, loving and diverse community.
We will continue to search for the best slice of pizza when we go across the street to Mellow Mushroom after the 11:00 am Eucharist. Watch here for dates. As with all of our events, ‘All are Welcome’ – if you self-identify as a Young Adult, that is good enough for us! Newcomers are always welcome, so please bring a friend!
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St. Bartholomew’s is a place where you can feel free to pursue God in a nourishing, loving and diverse community. Here you can explore how your life of faith, often during a time of transition and uncertainty, is present with the mystery of the Holy Spirit. We have conversations that deepen our understanding of God; at the same time feel safe to question or even doubt our understanding. Most of all, we lift each other up as we grow together. As much as we long for God, it is God who infinitely more longs for us.
Safeguarding God’s People and Children
St. Bartholomew’s is committed to providing a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment where, by God’s grace, the full work of the Church can be carried out. Sexual misconduct on the part of any clergy person, employee, or volunteer violates the mission of the Church, is prohibited, and will not be tolerated. Safeguarding God’s People teaches how exploitation and harassment occur, the awareness we need to prevent such occurrences, and – should exploitation or harassment occur — how to respond.
All vestry and adults working with children and youth are required to complete Safeguarding God’s People and Children Training.
Safeguarding God’s People Training is required for all clergy, church employees, vestry members, lay pastoral care ministers, spiritual directors, Eucharistic visitors, hospital visitors authorized by the church, leaders and facilitators of all adult programs and small group ministries, seminarians, interns and lay chaplains.
Safeguarding God’s Children Training is required for all clergy; all persons who teach, supervise or assist with supervising children or youth in ministries, programs or activities more often than occasionally. All paid or volunteer Church Personnel whose work regularly takes them throughout the facility or grounds; all persons who provide transportation to children or youth without other adults in the vehicle more than occasionally; all vestry members and members of similar decision making groups.
Follow this link for training and class times.
Contact >Audry Gagnon for additional information.