Faith Formation During Coronavirus
As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis intensifies, we have suspended all in-person gatherings until further notice. We haven’t cancelled church. We’ve MOVED it online! Not out of fear but as an act of social solidarity in order to slow the spread of the virus and protect the most vulnerable. This is loving our neighbor.
We can still worship together. We can still trust in Scripture. We can still be the church. We can still seek out new ways to serve people. We are in this together.
The best way to stay connected to Faith Formation in this time is through our eNews now sent weekly on Wednesday mornings.
The world news is shocking and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But then God reminded me that I have said multiple times, “I wish my kid wasn’t growing up so fast. I wish time would slow down. I wish I had more time to play with him” and well… here we are.
While we pray for this virus to end, we can simultaneously choose to see the days ahead as a gift.
So in these times where your family may be together more than normal, we want to come alongside you and provide resources and materials for you to take advantage of that time together and continue faith formation at home. See below for how we are adapting our programs for all ages.
All families with kids of any age are invited to log in to Zoom by clicking here or entering this Meeting ID: 523 691 280.
Even though we can’t be together in person for a while, we will still be putting together content for you and your kids to do together each week! We’ll be sending this out in our eNews each Wednesday morning as well as posting each week’s materials here for elementary and Sunday School (ages 3-5).
Having fun with your kids matters. Especially in this time of uncertainty and fear. We’ve compiled a list of 20 at-home ideas for you and your kids to just have fun together!
May 13 2020 Paul, Barnabas and Silas, spread the Good News
May 6 2020 Paul becomes a new creation
April 29 2020 The gift of the holy spirit
April 15, 2020 Road to Emmaus
April 8, 2020 Easter Jam: A new way to celebrate Easter with your peeps! Find games, challenges, the story of Easter and more in this interactive video-based Easter family worship experience.
April 1, 2020 Palm Sunday
March 25, 2020 Put our trust in God’s hands.
March18, 2020 Prayer
Elementary Zoom Hang Outs
Miss your church friends? Let’s connect virtually! Join Nicole for a Zoom Hang Out where we will play games, talk about our time in Quarantine and spend a few minutes in prayer. We’ll start right at 6:30pm so plan on logging in a few minutes ahead of time. We’ll then end at 7:00pm. If you don’t know how to use Zoom email Nicole who can help get you set up!
You WILL have to sign up in order to receive the Zoom ID. Click here to sign up!
May 13 at 6:30pm for 1st-2nd grade
May 20 at 6:30pm for 3rd-5th grade
You will be emailed a Zoom ID and password on the day of your elementary hang out. Spread the word and make sure your church friends join you!
For the time being, we have taken all student ministries into a digital format! Join us for Wednesday Night Live at 7pm on Instagram @steds_youth each week. This invitation is for ALL middle and high students grades 6-12!
Middle School Small Groups
All 6-8 graders invited to join us, immediately following Wednesday Night Live (about 7:30pm). To join, click this zoom link or enter Meeting ID: 716 609 404
Base Camp Small Groups
All 10-12 graders invited to join us Thursdays at 7pm on Zoom. To join, click this zoom link or enter Meeting ID: 716 609 404
We’ve always offered online small groups for our graduated almuni. Now with more time on your hand, you may want to take advantage of this! Led by Patrick, these small groups meet once or twice a month virtually with peers to discuss what faith looks like after high school and beyond. We’ve re-opened these groups for you to join during these times. Contact Patrick for more details.
Use our parish resource FORMED which is a website (and app) that has movies, videos, talks for adults and kids! Take advantage of your FREE subscription: Go to stedwardschurch.formed.org and click “Register Now” to enter your name, email, and desired password.
At this time, the celebrations of Confirmation, First Eucharist and RCIA have been canceled. These important milestones will be celebrated, just not on their original dates. As soon as we have more updates, we will share them with you.
Please contact us at any time with questions. We won’t be in the office to receive phone calls but we will be available by email. Include your phone number and we’re happy to give you a callback.
Patrick Smalley Director of High School and Adult Ministries
Nicole Smalley, Director of Faith Formation: Birth to Grade 8
Bridget Grotins, Sunday School Coordinator