Lighthouse Faith Formation Ministry
Worship is the center of faith formation.
The primary goal for all St. Barnabas members (children, youth and adults) is that they be life-long participants in worship. And the way one learns how to worship is by worshiping with the Christian community. In worship we hear the good news of Jesus, receive Holy Communion, and learn the hymns and prayers that nurture and sustain our faith throughout our lives.
If you feel you have only one hour per week for your child’s Christian education, then that hour should be spent with your family at worship. By doing this, you are providing the foundation of his/her faith formation.
Recall the vows parents make when their child is baptized:
As you bring your child to receive the gift of baptism, you are entrusted with responsibilities:
- to live with him/her among God’s faithful people,
- bring him/her to the word of God and the holy supper,
- teach him/her the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments,
- place in his/her hands the holy scriptures, and
- nurture him/her in faith and prayer,
so that he/she may
- learn to trust God,
- proclaim Christ through word and deed,
- care for others and the world God made,
- and work for justice and peace.
The first five bullet points are the actions the parents promise to take:
1) be part of a congregation,
2) worship together regularly, and
3) engage his/her faith development both at home and by means of congregational education ministries.
The four bullet points that follow are outcomes we expect will occur when parents faithfully fulfill those actions.
As parents fulfill the “worship together” responsibility, St. Barnabas also offers Wednesday Night Lighthouse to assist them with the “nurture faith” responsibility.
St. Barnabas is using the Revised Common Lectionary this year. The lessons for Sailors and Mariners at Wednesday Night Lighthouse are based on the reading for the upcoming Sunday, so that the kids will already know the story when they come to worship.
St. Barnabas Education Goal
St. Barnabas’ goal for the faith development of its members is that they will be so well-rooted in the gospel that:
† they are life-long participants in worship,
† they know the content of the Christian faith, and
† they can express this faith to others.
A nutritious meal is prepared and served each Wednesday by a great group of volunteers. (There’s always a need for more people to help with this important ministry!)
Cost is $3 per person or $10 per family.