Points to Consider
Who will be learning? What is there age (or is it a mixed age group)? What is their education level? How busy are they and what time commitment are they willing to make?
How do you want to tell the story? Digital, reading books, watching videos, traditional classroom, story-telling, etc. Do you want crafts or activities?
How many will you need? What is their weekly commitment? What do they need to give up in order to be part of the team (is it during their own formation time or Sunday worship)? What are their gifts and talents?
Do you have committed space for classrooms? What kind of seating do you have? How accessible is it? Can new comers find it?
How will you know what people are learning? Do parents expect production (a weekly craft, graded papers, etc.)? How will you allow for feedback and reflection on the topics you present?
Things to Remember
1) the Home
We spend a lot more time at home than we do in Church. Finding ways to support faith formation and faithful practices at home are more important than ever. Click here for ideas for faith formation at home.
2) the Community
We all need faith-filled mentors to help us on our journey. Young people need the entire church community to be with them as they grow. Finding ways to connect young people and adults within your community will keep them in church and give them role models and companions on their journey. Click here for ideas for a faith community.
3) the Worship
Our Episcopal worship services are filled with scripture, tradition, and reason - the three legs of our church. Including children at a young age, involving youth, and making the service meaningful to adults are all important for the life and faith formation of the congregation. Click here for ideas for worship.
4) the Environment
Our environment reflects who we are. Stained glass windows were originally used as teaching tools for the illiterate. What does the art on your walls, the signs and posters, and the placement of furniture teach your congregation about who we are as Christians? How can you use the environment as part of your curriculum plan?