Continual Learning is a Cornerstone of Faith
Our faith is based on three foundations: scripture, tradition, and reason. This means that learning about God’s word, and how we should respond to it, is central for us. Thus a primary part of St. Paul’s mission is “to learn.”
The Spiritual formation of Children builds young people of faith in ways that also fortifies the entire community. Proclaiming the gospel through the lens of young persons, and seeking and serving Christ in the chaos and joy of adolescence, reminds us of the deep joy, and also the deep woods, of becoming. More about ministries with young people and their families is coming soon.
Education For Ministry
During the Service of Confirmation we ask God to "Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at Baptism.” Which includes proclaiming by word and example the Good News of God in Christ. And we need help doing this. Commonly referred to as “EfM” - this religious education and spiritual formation ministry with adults helps members and friends of St. Paul’s church build lives of faith and service through theological reflection and study. Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry.
Get Involved: The EfM year begins with a retreat held at St. Paul’s on the Sunday after Labor Day. Regular meetings are held on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 9:00, starting the Monday following the retreat through mid-May. Watch for opportunities to enroll mid-summer.
Contact: Marie Thompson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Adult Christian Formation Opportunity
We are primarily formed, as people of faith, in our worship services ~ hearing the readings, saying our prayers, and breaking bread together. But we are informed by having intentional conversations and study, around the table with others, exploring how those words and actions impact our daily lives of faith. Sunday Adult Christian Formation meets from August through May at 9:30, usually in the Garden Room (which is downstairs and through the kitchen). Typically, the rector chooses a topic or theme for discussion over a period of 4-6 weeks. There may be some didactic instruction followed by conversation, discussion, and Q&A. Occasionally, we open the door to “Stump the Rector;” a game of Q&A with the rector on matters of interest or curiosity. Come early some Sunday and give it a try. We even have coffee, no extra charge.
L’ecole St. Croix / Holy Cross School
Ravine a l’Anse, Haiti
Holy Cross School is located in the mountains of southern Haiti, in an area known as Ravine a l’Anse. This parochial school has no electricity, plumbing, or running water. Our support helps employ 13 Haitian teachers who educate over 400 Haitian students in Kindergarten and Primary classes through 9th grade. We also help provide a lunch every school day… which may be the only meal a child gets that day.
Back in 1987, Fr. Andre Lozama, a Haitian Episcopal Priest, came to Kansas City to request help with establishing several Episcopal schools in southern Haiti, centered around the cities of Les Cayes and Torbeck. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church entered into a covenant of relationship with the people of Ravine a l’Anse, and worked together to establish Holy Cross School.
Through the years, our many mission trips of St. Paul’s parishioners and supporters to Haiti continue to build lasting relationships. Dr. Herb & Nettie Davis and our early leaders established our support for Holy Cross School. They held numerous medical mission trips and told the stories of the people of Haiti. Thanks to their efforts, St. Paul’s continues to support Holy Cross School into the next generations.
Thank you for your continuing support. Through your donations, St. Paul’s makes a difference in these children’s lives by supporting the salaries for the teachers, providing new construction of school facilities, supplying books and school supplies, and providing a hot meal for every student every school day.