The Anglican/Episcopal tradition speaks of a three-legged stool of authority. The legs of the stool are Scripture, Reason and Tradition. In order to better understand the claims our faith makes on us and how it influences our lives, we use our intellect and understanding of the divine as we engage in study of the Bible and the tradition. Christian education and formation is meant for all of us at every stage of our development.
During the Sunday 11:00 am service, children ages 3 to 9 are encouraged to participate in our Godly Play program. Younger children are welcome in the nursery, and older children are invited to serve as Acolytes in the worship service.
Godly Play is a Montessorri-based method of Biblical Storytelling. In each session, the children hear a sacred story, parable or liturgical lesson and respond to open-ended questions that invite them to wonder about what they have just heard. The children engage in art or imaginative play as they continue to explore the meaning of the story. Their time together concludes with a feast, during which the children offer prayers of thanksgiving and concern as they share a snack.
We are experimenting with offering Godly Play at the 8:30 am service on the first Sunday of the month. On these days, Godly Play will also take place as usual at 11:00 am.
To learn more about Godly Play or other opportunities for children, please speak with the Assistant Minister, the Rev. Ginger Strickland.
Bible Study and Lenten Lectures
Sundays at 10:00 am, we offer an educational hour for adults in the Parish House Dining Room. The topic of study varies. In the recent past, the group has spent multiple sessions on the Apostle Paul, the Holy Spirit, and introductory lectures to Biblical Scholarship. Currently, we are discussing the lectionary texts for the Season of Advent.
During Lent, the 10:00 am session is temporarily discontinued and the parish is invited to participate in Lenten Lectures and Lunches following the 11:00 am service.
Every winter, usually during Lent, a series of six weekly meetings presents the understanding of the Christian faith professed by the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. It is the normal preparation for becoming an official member of Incarnation but the course also serves as a refresher for those who are already members and a place for non-Episcopalians to explore questions about faith and life. Children 12 and over are also welcome to attend. Speak to the clergy for further information or to register for the class.
Professional Ethics Forum
An outreach ministry begun in the 1980’s, the Ethics Forum strives to provide a place where leading professionals can reflect on ethical challenges they have faced during their careers. The most recent speaker at this non-sectarian forum was Gretchen Morgenson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning business writer and columnist for the New York Times.
Summer Vacation Bible School
In August Incarnation hosts a week-long Vacation Bible School (VBS) for children in the neighborhood. Activities include music, storytelling, crafts, games and science. The VBS curricula tend to promote a themed setting to complement the week’s Bible stories; in recent years we have embarked on a Rainforest Adventure, explored Discovery Canyon and enjoyed a Baobab Blast. These programs have taken us all over the world and introduced us to native critters who teach lessons about love, trust, hope and other virtues.
Tell your friends and neighbors about this program, and consider volunteering your time and talent to make the week a success. If you are able and willing to help, in any capacity, please contact the Assistant Minister, the Rev. Ginger Strickland.