Our Christian Formation program for children is called Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth)
At Saint Mary’s, we are committed to the spiritual formation of our children, and our Guiding RAY program provides fun, interactive and spiritual instruction for Pre K-8th grade. Our classes are designed to both appeal to and offer our children an opportunity to learn key bible stories and to develop their relationship with God.
Our program theme in 2017-18 is “Who is my Neighbor?” and we will explore this theme be using the beautiful Godly Play stories and enriching them with projects and opportunities to put our love of God into action.
Our day will begin at 9:30 in the Father James chapel with a training camp for the Royal School of Church Music. Led by Bruce Fithian, this is an opportunity for kids to sample Episcopal traditions and liturgy through music. Guiding RAY will begin in the downstairs classrooms at 9:45. We welcome adults to come down and have a preview of the lesson we will be learning as well as have a chance to ask questions or just chat. At 10:40, the children will be escorted to the sanctuary for the Eucharist.
On the first Sunday of each month, we will hold a Faith Family worship service at 10:00 a.m. (the first one will be November 5th). Children will be invited to participate in the service and there will be ways for them to interact and explore at the front of the sanctuary. Our goal is to allow children to feel as comfortable as possible for the entire service.
Special services for children (i.e., Ash Wednesday, Good Friday Children’s Stations of the Cross, and the annual Christmas Pageant) are held throughout the year.
Regular Guiding RAY Schedule: early September – mid June
9:30 am: RSCM with Bruce Fithian in the Father James Chapel
9:45 am: Guiding RAY gathers (lower level of Parish House)
10 am: Guiding RAY classes begin (lower level of Parish House)
10:40 am: Children are brought to Church to join their families for Communion
Guiding RAY Coordinators: Megan Akers, Director, GuidingRAY@smary.org; 415-4260; Heather Gale, firstname.lastname@example.org, 899-3560; Julie Otte, email@example.com, 781-2322
Volunteer with us! We are always in need of more leaders and assistant leaders for our many formation programs and the new structure is designed to make it easy to be involved. Want to help, but don’t know how? Would you like to work with a certain age group? Want to work behind the scenes? There are tasks for all, whether you wish to serve once a week, once a month or once a year. FMI: Megan Akers at Guiding RAY@smary.org.