St. Augustine's in-the-Woods Episcopal Church People of Faith Serving Beautiful Whidbey Island

Christian Formation For Young People

What is Christian Formation?

The Episcopal Church  defines Christian formation as “the lifelong process of growing in relationship with God, self, others and all creation.”

Formation is unceasing – serving the individual’s emerging understanding of identity, community, authority and purpose in Christ throughout their lives.

Formation is dynamic - encompassing learning, action and reflection.

Formation is formal and informal – informing, forming and transforming both the individual and the community.

Formation is hospitable – welcoming the “new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.” (Col. 3:10).

Here at St. Augustine’s we seek to follow this definition by providing the following formation opportunities for our young people:

Nursery (ages newborn to 3) 10:15 a.m. – noon: We welcome children of all ages in church, but we also offer childcare for those who need it. Our youngest church members are celebrated under the loving care of our Nursery Coordinator and parish volunteers. The nursery is a bright and happy space where babies and toddlers listen to stories & songs, play, and enjoy age-appropriate crafts.

Godly Play (ages 4-10), 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.:  This Montessori-based Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to teaching that encourages children to wonder as they listen to the Bible Stories each week, and then play out what they’ve heard using a variety of mediums such as painting or drawing, modeling clay, dressing up, reenacting with toy figures, making music, and more. Our trained Godly Play volunteers allow children to experience an individual and personal faith in a safe and encouraging environment. Children are brought into the sanctuary at 11:20 to join their families for Holy Communion.

Tweens & Teens:  Sundays, noon – 1:00 p.m.  With the re:form session videos, youth encounter a question from the historic Christian faith through creative, provocative humor, illustrations and animation.  Each question is presented in simple terms to encourage exploration and discovery. At a time in life when questioning everything is helping to form kids into young adults, these lessons gladly encourage it and allow students to come to their own answers.

Other Youth Ministries:  In addition to these opportunities, our Junior Acolytes, and Junior Altar Guild provide wonderful ministries among us.

For any questions or comments regarding Youth Formation, please contact our Director of Christian Formation, Julie Spangler formation@whidbey.com or cell: 360.969.4709