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.
The Church of the Transfiguration also offers many opportunities for adult spiritual formation throughout the year. The Explorer Program is a free and continuous process with three different series to engage in. It includes audio, video and reading content as well as short group reflection gatherings. We currently host a weekly silent hour at the church every Tuesday from 5:30PM to 6:30PM. Our catechist Brother Alberto facilitates the Explorer Program, the Tuesday silent hour and is also available for one-on-one conversations. Please feel free to contact him if you have any questions or would like to schedule time with him (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A group of parishioners gathers every two weeks with the Rev. Annette and the Rev. Jason for a weekday evening Bible study throughout the year. 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. Please contact the Rev. Annette for more information.
A book study group often meets on Sunday mornings at 9AM prior to the worship service. We frequently offer Monday evening or Sunday morning adult forums during Advent and Lent. Also, from time to time, we host all-day “quiet day” events, such as a workshop on contemplative prayer. These Saturday events are enthusiastically well-received by our congregation.