The development of our spiritual life is an important part of life at Saint Paul’s. Spiritual formation continues through each of the many developmental stages of life, not just through childhood and adolescence. It is the way of wondering and mystery and seeking–the way that reaches beyond pat answers and a static relationship with God into a dynamic and personal journey with that loving God. Our spiritual growth activities include Church School for our children, programs for young people in middle school and high school, and a variety of adult activities ranging from informal gatherings to structured learning experiences.
On Sundays there are spiritual formation programs for children and youth. Children’s programs use the widely acclaimed Godly Play format. Our Parents’ Forum takes place at the same time as Church School and gives parents an opportunity to share ideas and support. The programs for our kids conform to the parish’s safe church policy, which assures that the youngest members of our community are able to feel safe and are treated with the respect they deserve. Specific programs prepare our youngsters for baptism and confirmation.
A wide variety of programs are available for adults, including weekly Bible study, meditation, the thought-provoking Sunday morning forums, book groups, and lectures on topics from church history to spirituality to the complexities and difficulties of the modern world. Classes and spiritual formation opportunities available during the week, some of them during the day and others in the evening. There are also programs to prepare our adult members for baptism, confirmation and reception.
The spiritual formation programs are supported by our the Dixon House Library and for adults and by our children’s library.