Christian Education at CtK is organised into 3 main areas
We have a very active Sunday School with 4 classes for the various age-ranges.
There are two lively youth groups who meet regularly for fun, food, and study. A course of Confirmation classes are organised by the Rector and take place almost every other year.
Adult education is mostly offered on a course or workshop basis. House groups and bible study groups meet periodically.
Parish Retreats are a poplular time for study, reflection and fellowship for the whole parish and take place every 2 years.
Senior Youth Group
The Senior Youth Group is composed of youth mainly between the ages of 13-18 years. It is led by team of three adults. Even though many Senior Youth Group members help in the creche or participate in the service by singing in the choir or serving as ushers, greeters of newcomers, acolytes or crucifers, we meet weekly at 10.45 in the Undercroft and also once a month, on a Friday or Saturday. Please look below for the link to our timetable of events.
The Senior Youth Group sees its goal as to “have fun, food, learn stuff about the Bible and go on overnights and trips.”
Junior Youth Group
The Junior Youth Group is composed of young people who have “graduated” from Sunday School and are in the 5th – 7th grades (which means they have started secondary school). Many of these youth are also involved in other programs, serving as acolytes or assisting occasionally in the creche. The leaders of the Junior Youth Group teach the Bible, but the emphasis is on group discussion. Recently a guest speaker came to talk about science and religion. When they are not busy theologizing, members of Junior Youth Group are not too old to enjoy the occasional romp in neighboring Grueneburg Park.
We meet at 11 am on the stage in the undercroft.
Traditionally, the Rector has offered a course of preparation to those considering being confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. The high-point of this course has become the trip to the “home of Anglicanism”, Canterbury. Many have described it as being a “trip of a lifetime,” invaluable experience, and one that left them energized and inspired.
In 2005 the confirmands convinced the parishioners to present a resolution to the Convocation Convention, calling upon General Convention to put Bertha and Ethelbert, rulers in Canterbury when St. Augustine arrived, on the saints’ calendar of The Episcopal Church. The General Convention approved it in 2006.
Safeguarding God's Children
The Anglican/Episcopal Church of Christ the King follows the Policies and Guidelines set forth by the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe with respect to protecting and safeguarding our chidren and youth.
Youth Leaders and Sunday School teachers are required to complete "Safe Church" Training as well as to provide background information in accordance with these policies.
More information on this policy can be found at the Safeguarding God's Children Web Site of the Convocation. This web site will open in a new Window.
Additionally, the most up-to-date Handbook "Guidelines and Procedures for the Care and Protection of Children & Youth" can be downloaded for reading and printing from the Convocation Web Site This web site will open in a new window.
Currently, a group meets on a monthly basis to explore the ancient Benedictine art of lectio divina (slow reading) – a time of quiet contemplation of Scripture.
Projects have included:
- Life Source - an enlightening series of home study groups for Lent using a five session course combining Bible study and discussion with a creative, hands-on exploration of five prayer patterns drawn from our rich Christian heritage
- Theology on Tap, an informal gathering of young adults without children who met once a month with the Rector after the service for lunch at a local restaurant
- Life Balance - a successful series of home study groups using a five session course on Life Balance - rest, work and play for Lent
- Hildegard von Bingen - a very popular excursion to Bingen and the Disibodenberg ruins to explore the her life and ministries
- Advent Bible Study