Continual Learning is a Cornerstone of Faith

Our School Parish team at Ravine a l’Anse, Haiti

Our School Parish team at Ravine a l’Anse, Haiti

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.”

 
 
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Children's Learning

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, thompsonmarie@umkc.edu.

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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.