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 Adult Forums

September 15th- Book Discussion of  BORN A CRIME, by Trevor Noah. Because the comedian grew up in South Africa, as a child of a black woman and a white man, Noah's birth was illegal under the waning days of Apartheid. 
 
September 22- Conversation with the Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas about God's Mission

 

September 29th - The Saint John's Bible. Come and learn about the amazing seven volume hand-written, hand-illuminated St. John's Bible which was commissioned in 1998. Watch a brief film and peruse the beautiful pages of smaller replica copies.

Tuesday night Bible Study

Exploring the Book of Acts

 

Come join us on Tuesday evenings beginning October 1st, and as we delve into the Book of Acts, sometimes considered the Gospel of Luke II. We will be using A Journey through Acts, a Forward Movement publication. The Book of Acts continues the apostles story beginning at Jesus’ ascension and tells the story of how they spread the Good News, the challenges they faced with Rome, the Jewish leadership and even amongst themselves, and how those who began to follow The Way laid the foundation to today’s Jesus Movement.

 

We will be meeting for six consecutive Tuesday evenings, from October 1st until November 5th, from 6:30- 8:00 p.m. There is no mandatory attendance; participate one week, two or all six. Our gatherings will be very much like the early followers of The Way. Please understand that your voice matters to each discussion – we all have something to contribute and we all have something to learn from each other.

 

Please let us know you are coming; this helps in setting up for our gatherings. Books are $15.00 each; please sign up to have the book ordered or order you may order it separately. Light refreshments will be available; please feel free to bring dinner if you need to. 

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.

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 9:30 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 Fall:

September 29th – The Story of Creation

October 27th – The Great Family (Abraham & Sarah)

November 24th – The Exodus (Moses)

December 22nd – The story of St. Nicholas

 

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

 

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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