What are the goals of formation?
We want to continue to encourage people of all ages to live out promises made at baptism (and affirmed at confirmation), impart knowledge, and help people explore the tools to be followers of Jesus.
EQUIPPING THE SAINTS
Inspired by Ephesians 4:4-12
You are one body and one spirit, just as God also called you in one hope. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all, and in all. God has given his grace to each one of us measured out by the gift that is given by Christ. That’s why scripture says, When he climbed up to the heights, he captured prisoners, and he gave gifts to people. What does the phrase “he climbed up” mean if it doesn’t mean that he had first gone down into the lower regions, the earth? The one who went down is the same one who climbed up above all the heavens so that he might fill everything. He gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers. His purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ.
What does this look like at St. Alban's during COVID?
We are gathering via Zoom each Sunday at 4pm for a study of the Bible with Equipping the Saints with The Word. We are utilizing The Bible Project videos to begin our discussions each week.
What does this look like at St. Alban's outside of COVID?
We gather each week in between services from 9:15-10:00am for formation in age group clusters (3/4 times per month) and intergenerationally (1 time per month) which we call Cross Training. What is Cross Training? Much like in athletics, formation as followers of Christ takes dedication, practice, hard work, and multiple skill sets and gifts, and so the first Sunday of each month we gather as an entire community to celebrate the gifts all ages bring while we explore scripture and engage in it together in many different ways.