Christian Formation

"Christian Formation" is a churchy term for something which is also known as Sunday School -- except it's not just for children! We believe that we all have room to grow in our faith. Here's what Emmanuel currently has planned...

Children through 5th Grade

Our new venture is called "Children's Church" and will be held on the first Sunday of the month during the 10am service. After the opening hymn, the children will be excused to go to the classroom with their teachers to do a project related to the Bible readings of the day. This is usually something arts-and-craftsy. The kids will come back in time to join their families for Communion. For those worshiping online, there is a Zoom link available for Children's Church.

Confirmation Class

We began a Confirmation Class for 7th and 8th graders just before the COVID-19 pandemic stopped us in our tracks. Stay tuned for further details on how and when we will be picking that back up. Update - We will be holding a meeting to discuss resuming the Confirmation Class schedule after the 10am service on January 16th, 2022

First Communion

While we do not require children to attend a First Communion class in order to receive the bread and wine, we offer this class periodically in order to help them understand what happens during the service. It is designed for children around 1st Grade. We expect the next class to be in the Fall of 2022, but please let us know if you're interested!

Adult Formation

Our current adult formation series is a short introduction to the Episcopal Church. It's intended for those who might be new to our tradition, as well as those who might like a little refresher. No prior knowledge is assumed. It is held after the 10am service on Sunday morning (so approximately 11:15am). Please contact us for a Zoom link if you are unable to attend in-person. 

Formation discussion on January 23rd, 2022

Did you know that Emmanuel has a long history of food ministry and support for BEDS? We have opportunities arising this year to refine and renew these ministries. To start the conversation, the BEDS volunteer coordinator, Christa Crepps, will be joining us after the 10 am service on January 23rd to talk about her years of organizing a soup kitchen for the homeless in Chicago, and now how BEDS works with community groups like us to provide food ministry for their clients. Whether you are currently involved in making and delivering meals or are looking for service opportunities in the new year and want to learn more, please join us at 11am on the 23rd. This will be a hybrid presentation, available both in person in at church and online through Zoom.