"Whoever you are, wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith..
...there is a place here for you."
H ow do you balance life?
For most of us.
Life is a
act – keeping all the plates
spinning and all the balls
in the air – and then
having enough energy to
the larger questions of life. Classes are
offered throughout the year
in various formats and on a
wide variety of sub-
jects. We offer classes
on issues of ethics,
faith in the work place,
start again tomorrow. Is worship and many oth-
perfect balance really ers. We also offer
achievable? Certainly – preparation for baptism
if you’re a circus per- and confirmation.
former. If you’re not,
join us where we’re
learning to survive and
thrive in the imbalance
we all call life! Sunday Morning Schedule
7:45 - Holy Eucharist
At St. George’s we believe in offering 8:45 - The Early Bird Class
many opportunities for all travelers on 9:00 - Holy Eucharist
their spiritual journey. We pride our- 9:55 - Christian Education for all ages
selves in being a community of seekers. 11:00 - Holy Eucharist
We are a place which struggles to ask
We are pleased to provide you with this list of upcom-
ing educational opportunities. Please take a few min-
Growing into Christ +
utes to look over these classes and plan to join us as Reaching Out in Love
often as your schedule allows. October 8 and October 15
Family Room at 9:55 am
Led by Carey Chirico, Barbara Teal, Alan Gayle
Rally Day and Festival of October 8: What does it mean to be a St. Georgian?
Ministries Come help us define that.
October 15: You know the old saying, “Put your money
September 10 at 10:00 am
This is a great day to come together, see old friends and where your mouth is”. Come see if we do.
check out the many ministries at St. George’s.
Children will gather upstairs in the church for the first Extravagant Stories of New
15 minutes and then off to their class rooms.
P S. Come hungry, there will be lots of good things to
October 22 - November 12
Family Room at 9:55 am
Led by Catherine Hicks and Gay Rahn
The Early Bird Class One thing about interpreting Jesus’ parables is that it is
Beginning September 17 always a mistake to say too quickly what we think is
Elsie Lewis Room at 8:45 am the ‘main point.’ Had he wanted to give us glittering
Led by Jean Rossbacher and Trip Wiggins generalities, he could no doubt have unburdened him-
Great Books are discussed. The group meets to decide self of them in plain Aramaic and avoided the bother
the book followed with discussion. of having to make up artful stories. But in fact he did
tell stories; and since he was no slouch at crafting
them, it is good for us to spend much time on their
Jamestown and the Beginning details. We will “look” at two parables each Sunday
of the Anglican Church in and perhaps see things that we have not seen before.
America Christian Art & Iconography
September 17 - October 1 December 10 and December 17
Family Room at 9:55 am Family Room at 9:55 am
As America prepares for next year's 400th anniversary Led by Nancy Heyward
of the founding of Jamestown, we will devote three To help us focus on the Advent season, St. George's
forums to issues relating to the beginnings of the parishioner Nancy Heyward will lead discussions on
Anglican Church in this country and to the early years Christian art and iconography. Nancy will offer sugges-
of slavery. tions for how to "see" and understand the art of the
September 17: Dr. Thad Tate will speak on the estab- season. She is a former art-history professor from the
lishment of the church in the early years of the State University of New York/Brockport and a former
Jamestown colony. Dr. Tate is a retired history profes- lecturer at Belmont in Stafford County.
sor from William & Mary and a recent past president
of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. He Coffee, Cake and Discussion
lives in Williamsburg. September 17 - December 17
September 24: The Rev. Ben Campbell of the St. George’s Library at 9:55 am
Richmond Hill retreat and conference center will Led by Angel and Matt Tankersley
speak about slavery (primarily white "servants"). Do you have some questions about the church?
October 1: Our own John Pearce, director of the Raising children? Balancing work and the rest of your
Center for Historic Preservation at the University of life? What did she/he just say in that sermon? Bring
Mary Washington, will discuss "Blacks, Whites and the your questions, any questions and put them in the can.
Development of the Anglican Church in Virginia." We will dip one out each week.
What's with All Those Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which one becomes
a Christian and a member of Christ’s body, the Church.
Translations of the Bible?! These classes are designed to help you decide if you are
September 17 - October 8 ready to make the commitment Baptism requires. If
Faulkner Hall at 9:55 am you would like to have your child baptized, your atten-
Led by Trip Wiggins dance is necessary to prepare for their Baptism.
First we had one - the venerated King James Version. Baptisms are scheduled throughout the year on specif-
Now go to a store selling Bibles; it's an alphabet soup! ic Sundays. For infants and children, contact Mary
NIV, TNIV, NASB, RSV, NRSV, CEV, NCV, NJB... the Babbie at email@example.com and for adults con-
list goes on and on! Who came out with all of these tact the Rev. Jim Dannals at Jim.Dannals@stgeorge-
and why? Do they all say the same thing or are they sepiscopal.net or the Rev. Gay Rahn at gay.rahn@stge-
loaded with subliminal messages? Do certain churches orgesepiscopal.net.
mandate or promote a certain one over the others?
(What about the Episcopal church?) Come join us as
we explore some of these, and do bring your favorite!
Life at St. George’s
1st Sunday of each month for those new to the
A little learning, a little getting to know some other
church from October thru May
folks, and a little fun. Questions? Call or email Trip
Nave at 9:55 am
Wiggins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are thankful for our visitors to St. George’s, and we
want your visit to our church to be a very positive
Spiritual Cinema experience. We want to get to know each one of you
October 15 - November 5 better, and we want to have the opportunity to share
Faulkner Hall at 9:55 am with you information about our church and the min-
Lead by Tami and John Morello istries in which we are involved.
Each session will begin by showing a short film involv-
Anyone who is interested in learning more about St.
ing spiritual and/or inspiration themes followed by dis-
George’s is encouraged to attend these informational
cussion of the various points raised by the film.
sessions during the Sunday school hour. Topics for the
Advent, What is the Season sessions will include a discussion of the mission of St.
George’s, Christian Education opportunities for adults
About? and youth, Outreach activities, and the rich history of
St. George’s Episcopal Church.
December 10 and December 17
Faulkner Hall at 9:55 am
Led by St. George’s Morning Education for Ministry
The season of Advent is one of waiting for the birth of
the Christ child. However, how do we as Christians
live authentically in the world today as we wait for the
return of Christ? We will explore the advent of the
second coming through the lens of our daily lives, our
beliefs, our culture, and our traditions.
What Does It Mean to be
Classes held October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 for Baptisms
on November 5
Classes held November 5, 12, December 10, 17 for
Baptisms on January 7
Elsie Lewis Room at 9:55 am
Led by St. George’s members
TGI Tuesdays Sundays for Children & Youth
Each Tuesday beginning September 19
Family Room - Meal at 5:45 pm The Catechesis of the Good
(For the meal, come as late as 6:30 pm)
Two Programs will be held at 7:00 pm Shepherd
$5 adult, $3 children under 12, no family over $20 St. George’s is pleased to offer an exciting and unique
Childcare available approach to the religious formation of children, using
The Enneagram Montessori educational principles, recognizing the
developmental, spiritual needs and capacities of the
Led by Jim Dannals child. This method is known as the Catechesis of the
The enneagram is an ancient “map” that describes 9 Good Shepherd. The Catechesis of the Good
faces of God and thus 9 principal ways that human Shepherd takes its name from one of the earliest and
beings see and respond to life. Seven of the 9 “faces” most central presentations offered to children, the
or points or energies correspond to the Seven Deadly parable of the Good Shepherd. It helps the child enjoy
Sins of the western Christian spiritual tradition. The a relationship with God, a relationship of deep peace,
enneagram helps people see how we have fallen asleep a real relationship of being in love. There is a profound
to our true nature/essence and thus invites us to wake respect for the child and the child’s desire to come
up. closer to God.
Global Awareness Parents Can Participate!
Elsie Lewis Room Our Religious Education Program relies upon volun-
Led by Lance Roeske teers. We ask each parent to be actively involved in
Global Awareness is a weekly, seventy-five minute our program. Please consider what role you will take
study of world events from recent news in an effort to in this vital ministry. Contact person: The Rev. Gay
gain a more productive and positive perspective of var- Rahn, email@example.com or 373.4133.
ious parts of the globe. Classes will consist of a presen-
tation of a chosen news event to be followed by discus-
sion. The last class of each month will be designated
For Infants and Toddlers
as a celebration of culture, where a member of the class A team of volunteer and professional child care work-
volunteers to speak about a particular trip they have ers welcome our youngest children, providing comfort,
experienced. safety and community in a spiritual environment from
8:30 am to 12:30 pm every Sunday on the main floor
in the education building.
For the Young Child: Ages 3-5
Young children are particularly capable of receiving
and enjoying the announcement of God’s love, in the
person of the Good Shepherd. In addition to learning
about the Good Shepherd the children will study the
geography of the Holy Land, hear the stories of Jesus’
birth, selected parables, and will also begin their study
of the Holy Eucharist that will allow them to enter in
to that great mystery.
For the Older Child: 1st-6th J2A: 9th & 10th grades
Grades Leaders: MC Moncure and Tres Seaver
The J2A class is the second stage of the Journey’s
Older children have a deep need to know better their development program. They will have a busy year as
relationships with God, family and the larger commu- the take the steps toward full integration into the life
nity. At this age they are looking for guidelines to help of the church. They will prepare for confirmation
them as they form relationships and the moral parables this year, as well as plan for their end-of-year pilgrim-
offer a model for comparing behavior. In addition the age that will mark their fulfillment of this stage of the
imagination of the older child and the concept of time journey.
are powerful stimuli to explore the past and the future.
They will study the history of salvation and the plan of
God in history as a plan of communion linking all peo- Young Adults in the Church:
ples. They will also study the Eucharist.
11th & 12th grades
Leaders: Jan Saylor, Jonathan Thomas, et al.
The Journey To Adulthood The YAC stage of the Journey seeks to fully integrate
Youth Program the oldest youth into church life. They will learn
about different aspects of the functioning of the body
St. George’s Youth Program is a high priority in the of Christ and try to find their niche within it. This
church, and rightly so. We have a group of youth to be year they will have a lot of control over their own
extremely proud of here and the new curriculum is curriculum, exploring different areas and taking on
helping to guide them and raise them up to be the responsibilities like full members of the church.
leaders of the church for the next generation. The
Sunday morning education and formation time is set
to really get rolling this year with the Journey to Acolytes
Adulthood program we began last year. All students Acolytes perform a variety of duties to give assistance
will stay in the same class they were in last year and during the Eucharist. They are usually young people,
complete the two-year program cycle. Youth group from the 3rd grade through high school, though any
will continue to meet on Sunday nights from 5:00 to adult may serve in this capacity. Acolyte duties range
7:00 pm. We will try to incorporate more of the lessons from lighting candles and carrying the cross or a torch
and activities from the morning classes while continu- in procession to helping the Celebrant set the Table for
ing our focus on giving the youth opportunities to the Eucharist. Contact persons: Thena Jones,
learn about Christ, serve the community, develop firstname.lastname@example.org or Bobby Lee,
friendships, and have enormous amounts of fun. email@example.com
Dates To Remember
Rite 13: 7th & 8th grades September 24 - Confirmation at 11:00 am
Leaders: Jeanette Cadwallender, JT Moriarty, Victoria November 5 - Baptism at 9:00 am
and Brad Ellis November 19 - “Outreach Sunday”
The first leg of the journey is the most formative as November 26 - No Christian Education
each child is individually honored as a celebrity as they Advent Event in the Afternoon
mark their passage from childhood into manhood and December 3 - Parish Meeting
womanhood. We will celebrate this gift of God given December 24 & 31 - No Christian Education
to each child on two occasions this year using the Rite
13 liturgy for which this section is named.