There is a wide spectrum of Christian education
at Middleham and St. Peter's Parish
Sunday School — Sunday school is open to children age 3 (and potty trained) through grade five. They are divided into age appropriate groups to learn about the scripture, the sacraments and worship through a prepared Sunday school curriculum. Sunday school meets regularly on Sunday following the middle service.
Vacation Bible School — Vacation Bible School - Vacation Bible School is held at Middleham and St. Peter's for one week each summer. All children, age 3 and potty trained through those entering the 7th grade are invited to attend. The groups are age appropriate. Volunteers are always needed to assist with VBS.
Rite 13 — a program for 6th and 7th graders. It is the first two years of the Journey to Adulthood youth ministry program of spiritual formation. The Rite 13 program celebrates the individuality of each young person and their creative potential. The rite of passage, as these young people reach there thirteenth birthday, is supported by the entire parish community in a celebration of Manhood and Womanhood.
J2A (Journey to Adulthood) — J2A is the middle portion of the Journey to Adulthood program for 8th, 9th, and 10th graders. The J2A years are spent exploring adulthood and its inherent responsibilities as they prepare to be adults in church. This journey culminates in a much anticipated pilgrimage.
YAC (Young Adults in Church) — This program involves youth in grades 11 and 12. The program is designed to integrate the youth more fully into the life of the parish.
The specific goals of YAC are to help the youth to:
- Exercise responsibility, partnership, and leadership in the life of the congregation
- Exercise good stewardship - tangible giving of their time, talent, and treasure - to all of God's people
- Design and lead a mission/service project
- Discern and undertake a ministry within the congregation
- Achieve clarity about what they believe and what they can and will make as a public commitment
- Take responsibility for the maintenance of the group life - setting meeting times, designating leaders, setting up a communications network, establishing group norms and goals
- Lay a foundation of personal disciplines to carry them along their faith journey
- Additionally, the program is designed to teach the youth life skills that they will need as they prepare to graduate high school.
Adult Sunday School — New information will arrive in the fall.NEW: [Adult Sunday School - On Sunday morning a Bible Study for adults is available after the 9:30 am service in the Parish Hall. The class uses the Bible Workbench curriculum and is lead by a member of the laity.
The Education for Ministry (EFM) — The Education for Ministry (EFM) Program is the theological education extension program of the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. It is a program for the laity of the church which provides a comprehensive, experiential education in the foundations and message of the Christian faith. A group of six to eleven students meets with a mentor once a week for approximately nine months. The full program takes four years to complete. During the four years, the participants study the Old and New Testaments, church history and twentieth century theology. A lesson and study guide are provided for participants to read each week. Each student is responsible for his or her own learning. The program is led by trained EFM mentors.
Tuesday Mid-day Prayers and Bible Study — Each Tuesday at 11:30 am a small group meets for prayer and to discuss the lessons for the upcoming Sunday.
Wednesday Adult Forums — Each week during the academic year people gather at 6:15 p.m. for a potluck dinner followed by a 7:00 p.m study which ends at 8:00 p.m. Topics for the forum range from Christian practices, ancient and contemporary and current affairs and a Christian Response. The leadership is both clergy and lay.