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Learn at All Souls

All Souls offers many opportunities to learn in a variety of formats and days of the week. 

Adult Formation

Using Presiding Bishop’s Way of Love- Practices for living a Jesus-Centered Life, in the fall we examined one of the practices each week.  During Epiphany we will look at different individuals that have made an impact because of their faith, living out the practices for a Jesus-Centered life.

Wednesday evening Book Study -

In the fall we used Am-Jill Lavin's book  Short Stories by Jesus to study the parables.  The book to study during Epiphany will be revealed soon.  Discussions are always fun, honest, often funny, enlightening, heart felt, and genuine!  We meet at the Atlee House, 9077 Atlee Road.  

Children’s Ministry 

Let the little children come to me…for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.                                                                     Matthew 19:14 NRSV

Children through the fifth grade participate in lessons that engage the curiosity, creativity and minds through thoughtful presentations and curriculums.  Our children are vitally important to the congregation and often assist with portions of our worship services with things they have learned in formation. This year Children will be looking at the books of the Old Testament.

We provide nursery care for infants through age 4 during the worship service each week. 

Youth Group

The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.                                                                                  Luke 2:40 NRSV

The All Souls Youth group welcomes all youth (and their friends!) in grades 6-12.  Our youth meet twice a month, September through May for fun, fellowship, service, and study.  Their schedule is on the calendar found on this website. The Youth Group chose the name “Fusion” to represent its various members, backgrounds, and world views.  The group is open to youth from Messiah Lutheran Church and All Souls. 

"Fusion" is also using Presiding Bishop Curry's Way of LovePractices for living a Jesus-Centered Life as a basis for monthly focus.  

Members of the congregation provide dinner and snacks for the meetings.  We hope you will join our great Youth Group!

Other opportunities to Learn and Grow

Vacation Bible School is a joint program with Messiah Lutheran Church in August. VBS scheduling includes  National Night Out with a cookout for VBS families and the neighborhood, games, prizes, and visits from the Hanover Fire and Rescue Department and Hanover Sheriff's Office. Our program includes dinner, Bible lessons, crafts and science experiments, music, and games each evening with a celebration for families on the last night.  An Adult bible study relating to the daily theme is offered each night during the children’s activity time.  Vacation Bible School this year: Monday, August 6  through Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018.

EfM   

Education for Ministry program provides people of any denomination an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service and carry out their ministries.  A weekly EfM seminar includes six to twelve participants and a trained mentor.    Through study, reflection and prayer, EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom.  Weekly discussion and guided reflection create the opportunity to deepen understanding of reading assignments covering, over four years, the writing of the Old and New Testaments, and history of the church and theology.  The seminar is supported by a life of prayer and regular worship.  New class begins in October.  

As adult learners, group members are responsible for setting their own learning goals and commit to only one year at a time.  There is a cost for materials, and scholarships are available.  Several All Souls members are currently enrolled in EfM meeting at Emmanual Episcopal Church.  If you are interested in EfM, please contact Jane Dowrick, the Diocesan Coordinator, and look at the EfM Website: 

http://www.thediocese.net/resources/ministries/christian-formation/education-for-ministry-efm/

Retreats

Shrine Mont, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia’s Shrine at Orkney Springs, VA is the location for many opportunities for youth camps, boomer camps, music festivals, and parish retreats.  All Souls traditionally has a weekend retreat in October, Friday evening through Sunday lunch, to learn, have fun, worship, eat, and enjoy the beautiful location during the spectacular turning of the leaves in the fall. A highlight of the weekend is our worship service at the Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration, the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.  This year's retreat will be Friday through Sunday, October 19 - 21, 2017.  Signup information will be  available in September. 

 

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