Christian Formation

Christian formation is a life-long journey that is both personal and communal. Formation shapes our hearts and minds as we grow closer to God through Jesus Christ. We offer meaningful opportunities to enrich the lives of our youngest to most senior members and everyone in between. Call the church office at (336) 723-4391 for more information.

Christian Formation for Children and Youth

The Directors of Children’s and Youth Ministries rely on volunteers for help with presenting age-appropriate Sunday morning formation classes for parish children and youth. They also welcome help with committees and program and office administration.

Children’s Ministries

Under the leadership of the Rev. Lauren A. Villemuer-Drenth, Director of Children’s Ministries, St. Paul’s continues to observe valued traditions and develop new events to help children and their families progress on their faith journeys. We now offer Parent-Child Classes, Parents and Faith coffee gatherings and a Preschool parent group. We recently added Teacher Workshops and Training, New Mom Gatherings and extended our Guild of the Christ Child Ministry. We also started a Children Helping Children outreach program and have monthly family events such as the St. Nicholas Festival, Bethlehem Village, the Playing with Our Food Class and booklet, a Maundy Thursday service for children, A Child’s Walk through Holy Week, a Pentecost Birthday Celebration and a Water Fun Event. We expanded the age range for Children’s Chapel and now offer the Chapel service year-round. We also recently welcomed three-year-olds to our Sunday School and created a new Fifth Grade Youth Group called the Daring Disciples. Lauren also serves in the newly-created role of Preschool Chaplain and provides five chapel services a week for St. Paul’s Preschool students. Parishioners are invited to support our children’s ministries by volunteering, giving or offering resources and making sure families with children always feel welcome.

Youth Ministries

With EYC, trips, Sunday School and confirmation, nearly 100 people participate in our Youth Ministries. We kicked off a Wednesday EYC for eighth through twelfth graders focusing on theology and have empowered our senior high youth by having them lead our senior high formation classes. We also had an amazing mission trip to Chicago. Director of Youth Ministries Nick VanHorn encourages parishioners to visit the St. Paul’s Youth Ministries web site at speyouth.org, subscribe to their emailed newsletter and volunteer to teach classes, mentor a confirmand or help with activities throughout the year.

Christian Formation for Adults

Adult Christian formation at St. Paul’s involves the various aspects of our communal life together, such as liturgy, prayer, pastoral care, outreach and Christian education. The Adult Christian Formation Committee coordinates a variety of spiritual formation opportunities on Sunday mornings. In addition, the committee plans weeknight classes and seasonal events and helps facilitate small groups, such as the men’s prayer breakfasts and other weekly bible and book study groups.

Formation opportunities are also available through programs and activities sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women, the Men’s Ministry and the Faith and Justice speaker series, In My Backyard: Faith and Current Events.

Our Lenten series, “Looking through the Lens of the Cross” was especially popular as was the adult forum and complementary sermon series on the Beatitudes. We held a well-attended book study group on Wearing God in preparation for author Lauren Winner’s visit to Winston-Salem. Our adult confirmation class had a strong showing. And the pub theology group for young adults, entering its second year, gains new members at each meeting and has exciting opportunities planned for 2017. “We’re undertaking a ‘deep dive’ in looking at formation at St. Paul’s in terms of our Anglican identity and our spiritual health not just for the year, but the next three to five years,” said the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves, Associate Rector. It’s an exciting time to be involved in adult formation at St. Paul’s.

Your Pledge Makes All Our Ministries Possible

To pledge to the 2017 annual giving campaign, Faithful Stewards of God’s Bounty, contact Director of Stewardship and Outreach Ministries Sally Dudley at (336) 723-4391, ext. 1502, or sdudley@stpauls-ws.org.