Our children and young people are an important part of our church family, and our congregation supports and celebrates them, whether they are participating in a service project, sharing their gifts in the annual Christmas pageant, or achieving personal goals.
Christian education is a lifelong process at Transfiguration, and adults in our congregation also embrace a variety of opportunities for faith formation.
In our Sunday morning Joyful Beginnings program, children in kindergarten through grade 5 explore Bible stories and biblical themes through art, music, science, games, drama, and cooking. The program takes place immediately following our 10:00 service. We spend four to five weeks on each Bible story or theme, typically covering five or six themed units per school year.
Our junior high program (grades 6-8) focuses on the life and teachings of Jesus. Every other year, we include our Confirmation curriculum, which emphasizes Christian principles, our faith, and our relationship with a loving God.
Students in our senior high youth group further strengthen that relationship with God. This program is loosely structured and discussion-oriented, with an emphasis on friendship, acceptance, faith, and spirituality.
A group of parishioners gathers with the rector in the lower level chapel for Tuesday evening Bible study year-round, except for breaks during Advent and the summer months. The group typically selects a book of the Bible to read and discuss together, and participants’ questions, insights, and struggles with the text (rather than any fixed curriculum) shape the conversation. Bible study is a time of fellowship and laughter as well as spiritual growth.
Transfiguration also offers other opportunities for adult spiritual formation throughout the year. A book study group often meets on Sunday mornings after the 10:00 service during the summer. We frequently offer Monday evening or Sunday morning adult forums during Advent and Lent. We also host all-day “quiet day” events from time to time, such as a workshop on meditative prayer. These Saturday events receive an enthusiastic congregational response.