At St. David’s, we all share in Jesus’ ministry of teaching. All of his work, healing, proclamation of the Kingdom of God, deeds of power, and storytelling are forms of teaching. We are the learners and tellers of the teachings of Jesus.
We teach because Jesus came among us teaching. We teach by the way we live, by what we say, by our actions and opinions, and by careful attention to each other. We come together each Sunday morning to wrap the arms of our faith around our little ones, our youth, young adults, and middle and older adults. As we become learners, we become teachers.
Adult Christian Formation at St. David’s strives to help all who seek Christ and a deeper knowledge of him. Our programs are designed to challenge heart and mind and to nurture Christian formation and community. Our programs are founded on the Baptismal Covenant and are oriented to prepare us all “to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ, to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and to strive for justice and peace among all people, respecting the dignity of every human being.” We believe that this is done most effectively in communal dialogue which respects the contributions of all members of the Body of Christ.
Adult Forum on Sunday mornings from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. is held during our program year from September through May. The class is comprised of clergy and/or lay led presentations and interactive discussion. Topics offer a wide variety of material in the areas of theology, Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, hymnody, the sacraments and liturgy of the Episcopal Church, as well as timely book discussions and videotape seminars.
Monday Morning Bible Study takes place year-round from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon each week. It is a clergy led class open to all who wish to explore the biblical text and its interpretation and importance for our lives. The goal of the class is to understand the meaning the ancient texts can have for life in the 21st century. No special knowledge or advance preparation is required. Come once, or come each week, whatever fits your schedule.
Inquirers’ Class is offered for eight weeks each year immediately preceding the bishop’s annual visitation. The classes prepare those who seek to know more about the Episcopal Church and for those who desire to be confirmed or received.
Children’s and Youth Ministries
Christian Formation Classes – On Sunday mornings between the morning services, beginning on Rally Day, the second Sunday of September.
- 3 year olds-Kindergarten: Godly Play 1
- 1st-3rd graders: Godly Play 2
- 4th-5th graders: Grape Gang
- 6th-8th graders: God Talks!
- 9th-12th graders: Rite 13
Beginning at 9:15 on Sunday mornings, Godly Play will gather in the Ann Walling Children’s Chapel; God Talks! and the Grape Gang will gather in the Youth Room; and Rite 13 will meet in the newly created library space (the rectors’ former office).
Children’s Worship – Our Children’s Christian Formation is designed for, and open to, all children age 3 through 3rd grade. Each Sunday, Christian Formation begins at 9:15 a.m. with Children’s Worship in the Ann Walling Children’s Chapel. The worship liturgy is child-friendly including hymns, prayers, praise and scripture. The children are actively involved in the worship by serving as ushers, liturgists and acolytes. Worship lasts about 15 minutes after which the children break into age-appropriate Godly Play classes.
Godly Play – At St. David’s, we use the Godly Play curriculum, created by Jerome Berryman, for our Children’s Christian Formation. Godly Play allows children to “play” with the language of God and God’s people through sacred stories, parables, liturgical actions and silence. Our Godly Play classes are set up to be a space where children hear stories and are allowed to wonder about God and God’s people without being given rote answers. This space allows them to become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives. We always welcome newcomers to both Children’s Worship and our Godly Play classes.
Youth Ministries, grades 4-12 – In addition to the Sunday morning Christian Formation classes described above, the Youth of St. David’s get together for fun, service, and fellowship.
Sunday Youth Group – Youth in grades 7-12 meet on Sundays from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. to chill out, play games, relax, and hear a message from one of the leaders, older youth, or special guest. It is the perfect space to invite your friends.
Once-a-Month Event – The youth come together once a month for an activity, some of these activities have included Sky High Trampoline, bowling, Mammoth Cave trip and carol singing. These activities usually happen on the third Sunday of every month; the group normally meets for lunch after the 10:30 am service and then leaves from there, but this is subject to change some months depending on the event.
Youth Retreat – The youth will worship, explore scripture and enjoy fellowship with one another at an out of town retreat center.
Mission Trip – Summer mission trip for the purpose of exploring and deepening our faith while serving the greater community.