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Christianity 101: Orientation to Christian faith as practised at St. Anne's

posted 4 Jan 2017, 14:43 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 8 Sep 2018, 13:40 ]

Christianity 101 introduces our St. Anne's approach to living the Christian life. It is your preparation to be baptized, confirmed, or married, this overview is intended to help you and support you in the vows you will make. If you are new or newly returned to attending church, you may have lots of questions - this is a safe space to ask! If you have been attending church for years, and now you are curious about how everything fits together, we hope you'll join us. The diversity of reasons we come together enriches our conversation. Please join us.  

Christian faith is richly textured and it's not possible to cover everything. At every step Christianity 101 will encourage you to develop your curiosity as a lifelong learner of the faith.

Schedule:
6 small group sessions:

Session 1: Monday, September 24, 7:00 p.m.
Session 2: Monday, October 1, 7:00 p.m.
Session 3: MondayOctober 8, 7:00 p.m.
Session 4: MondayOctober 15, 7:00 p.m.
Session 5: MondayOctober 22, 7:00 p.m.
Session 6: MondayOctober 29, 7:00 p.m.  
THEMES: This new version Christianity 101 is adapted from "Being Disiples. Essentials of the Christian Life" by Rowan Williams. Each evening will address the chapter theme and add an orientation to aspects of Christian faith that are important to our practice at St. Anne's. 

1. Being Disciples
"A disciple is, as we have seen, simply a learner; and this, ultimately, is what the disciple learns: how to be a place in the world where the act of God can come alive." An introduction to Jesus, who we follow. Who does the Bible say he is? Who does our theology say he is? 

2. Faith, Hope and Love
"Three indispensable qualities in the life of a Christian disciple. But how do they work? And how can they best be nurtured?"

3. Forgiveness
"The Eucharist is our symbol of what it would mean for the Lord's Prayer to be answered fully: God feeding his people through the death and resurrection of Jesus, which establishes that new community of the spirit in which forgiveness is the common currency." 

4. Holiness
"If you want to be holy, stop thinking about it. If you want to be holy, look at God. If you want to be holy, enjoy God's world, enter it as much as you can in love and service." Our practice of being Christian. 

5. Faith in Society
"There are two principles of faith and discipleship that we need...we are each of equal value to God, and we are all dependent on each other." Ministry, service, volunteering, and the impact of our community on the wider community and the public square.

6. Life in the Spirit
"What keeps us going as disciples? Self-awareness, stillness, growth, and joy. Those are the building blocks of a life of discipleship that can stand up to everything around us, in the Church and in the world and in ourselves, that tries to stifle our efforts to stay spiritually healthy." What is our offering to God?

7. Final Session: Personal Interview
Debriefing what you have learned and what's next for you. If you are preparing for a sacrament, whether your plan is baptism, confirmation or marriage, this will include planning and rehearsing the service and figuring out what you will say as your testimony and your story of faith.
LOCATION:
St. Anne's Ministry Centre, 276 Gladstone Avenue

If you are participating in Christianity 101 as preparation for Baptism or Confirmation, please note the following dates: 
  • Sunday, November 4. Visit to St. Anne's by our Area Bishop, Jenny Andison. The service will include Confirmation. Should you prefer to wait, the next Confirmation service will be held at St. James' Cathedral on a Sunday afternoon in the month following Easter.
  • Baptism Dates: Sunday, November 25; Sunday January 6; Sunday, January 13.
You are welcome to explore, whether or not you are ready for the formalized commitment of the sacraments. The process is open-ended and you have room to figure out what you need along the way.

You are welcome to drop in and observe a session.

Questions? Want to Register?

Contact the Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer:  pastor@saintanne.ca