Zion Episcopal Church, North Branford, CT
Zion Episcopal Church, North Branford, CT

Christian Formation for all ages!

 

Growing in Christian discipleship is a life-long process.

This growth is nourished as we pray, serve, learn, and explore our faith together.

Sunday Morning 

We use Godly Play to share the stories of our faith with our children from K-4.

 

Calling all Children of God: Godly Play is coming this Fall! Please join us as we tell a different Bible story each month beginning in September. Come and hear the stories of Creation, Abraham, Moses, and even St. Nicholas, as told through the program called Godly Play. Godly Play is “an imaginative approach to working with children, an approach that supports, challenges, nourishes and guides their spiritual quest. Godly Play assumes that children have some experience of the mystery of the presence of God in their lives.” * Storytelling will begin at 10:15 and take about 15 minutes, after which the children may continue to explore the story using the materials used in telling the story.

 

All are welcome! Here is the schedule for Godly Play Stories this Spring:

 

February 16th– The Ten Best Ways (the 10 Commandments)

March 15th – Jonah, the Backward Prophet

April 19th – The Parable of the Good Shepherd

May 15th – The Parable of the Sower

 

*From the complete guide to Godly Play, by Jerome W. Berryman

Lent Madness
You might be more familiar with March Madness, when basketball fans busy themselves filling in brackets and cheering on their favorite team.

 

Welcome to Lent Madness, now in its 10th year. Each year 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Biographical information and quotes and quips of each saint are provided daily. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 

 

16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo. 

 

This year, Zion will join the fun. A large bracket will be displayed in the parish hall. Smaller brackets and booklets with the biographies will be made available. More information to come. 

Tuesday Evenings in Lent

A Spring in the Desert
 
When: Tuesday evenings from March 3rd to March 31st
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (soup) 7:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. (Discussion)
Where: Zion Episcopal Church
          
Please join us for a five week Lenten program using the book A Spring in the Desert, by Frank & Victoria Logue. 
 
Here is a description from Forward Movement:
Jesus stepped out of the water of baptism into uninhabitable wilderness, emerging forty days later to offer the water of life for those thirsting for God's presence. A little more than two centuries later, a group of Christians withdrew from a spiritually barren Roman Empire to find their faith blossom in the stony soil of the Egyptian desert.
 
Frank and Victoria Logue offer a Lenten journey inspired by the many passages of scripture that use images of water in the desert as a sign of the healing and wholeness that come through God alone. To this they add the distilled wisdom of the Desert Mothers and Fathers and the surprisingly rich inspiration of the plants and animals that thrive in an arid land. Along the way, they will share the ways our faith speaks to the barren places in our lives and how those times of drought can be a source of strength.
 
You are not committed to all five weeks - come to one, two or all five, depending on your schedule. If you cannot make it for supper, you are very welcome to join us at 7:00 for discussion.
 
Please contact us 203-488-7395 if you are planning to join us. 
Books can be ordered from Forward Movement for $7.

EfM Group forming

 

If your heart is still burning after going to church or Bible studies; if you feel your daily prayer has become routine; if you feel like you need to take a different path on your walk with God, then EfM may be the new road to take.

 

EfM is a program for adults who are looking to go deeper into scripture, learn more about church history, develop their own theology and then apply it to everyday life. Meeting in groups of six to twelve, members are encouraged to explore their beliefs through group discussion, reflection, prayer, and fellowship once a week over the course of thirty-six weeks, guided by trained mentors. Each person’s experience and point of view is valued because EfM believes that we can better hear the word of God when we listen to each other’s stories.

 

And the good news is that an EfM group will be starting in the Fall right here at Zion. Rev. Lucy and Jane Chick have been trained as mentors and will be leading this group on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 p.m. This group is open to anyone in our area, regardless of parish affiliation or denomination.

 

If you need more information or would like to register, please contact Jane Chick at 203-988-4401 or ctycampboss@yahoo.com, or Rev. Lucy at 203-488-7395 or zionvicar@att.net.

 

Childcare for babies and tots is provided for all forums and for the 10:00 am liturgy. All those in ministries with children, youth, and other vulnerable people at Zion undergo background checks. Zion follows Safe Church Practices.

 

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