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.

Godly Play Open House

It's not your parents' Sunday School. There are no handouts, matching craft projects, or memorization required in Godly Play.

 

 At Zion, before a child even enters the Godly Play room, anticipation begins to build; something important and wonderful is about to take place! Children sit in a circle around the story teller, who uses beautiful objects to tell a parable from Jesus or a story about our spiritual ancestors.

 

Godly Play is a Montessori like experience developed by the Rev. Jerome Berryman with the recognition that children already have an innate sense of the presence of God. What they need is the appropriate language to help them identify and express it, so it can be explored and strengthened. In each session, children experience a Bible story and are encouraged to wonder about its meaning and its connection to their lives. For the past three years, Zion has been using Godly Play and has established storytellers and an extensive collection of Godly Play stories.

 

On Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Zion will hold a Godly Play Open House. Come and experience Godly Play with your child. Hear the parable of the Mustard Seed and wonder together about all it holds for you.

Space is limited to 10 children and 10 parents. RSVP to 203-488-7395, or zionvicar@att.net to the Rev. Lucy LaRocca, Vicar of Zion.

EfM Open House

 

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.

 

Come to an Open House on Wednesday, May 16thfrom 6:30-8:00 in the Parish Hall. Rev. Lucy and Jane will answer any questions you may have, as well as provide a short demonstration of a typical group session. There will be handouts and refreshments.

Let us know you are coming, or if you need more information please contact Jane Chick at 203-988-4401 or ctycampboss@yahoo.com, or Rev. Lucy at 203-488-7395 or zionvicar@att.net.

Church School for elementary age children takes place at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings  three Sundays per month.  The children join their families in worship in time to receive communion together. We use Godly Play to share the stories of our faith with our children from K-4.

 

New Godly Play  stories have been added this year!

Middle School Youth follow the Living the Good News curriculum to engage with Scripture as it applies to their own life. This group meets three Sundays a month and serves once per month as acolytes and readers.

 

 

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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