Children's Ministries Spring 2014
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We are pleased to announce that--starting March 2nd--St John's Healing Prayer Team will offer the laying on of hands and prayers for healing at all 9:30am services with the exception of Second Sundays. Trained healing prayer ministers will be available during the distribution of Communion, and everyone who wishes the laying on of hands and prayers for healing is encouraged to go to the healing prayer ministers located in the front corners of the sanctuary. Simply come forward for Communion with the first rows of people and then go to the healing prayer ministers on the way back to your seat. If you have questions about healing prayer, please contact team leader Maggie Cox or Father Ted or Pastor Susan.
At the beginning of Lent, on Ash Wednesday, ashes are blessed during Mass, after the homily. The blessed ashes are then "imposed" on the faithful as a sign of conversion, penance, fasting and human mortality.
This year, Ash Wednesday is March 5th at St. John's, and we'll have five services that day -- all in the chapel -- at 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. The 4 p.m. service will be our family service, and child care will be provided for very little children.
Read more about the history of Ash Wednesday here.
Read more about the history of Shrove Tuesday here.
Lenten Supper Series 2014: "Painting the Stars"
"When I have a terrible need of - dare I say, "religion"? - then I go outside at night and paint the stars." - Vincent Van Gogh
Don't miss St. John's 2014 Lenten Supper Series, Painting the Stars, based on a DVD series that celebrates the communion of science and Christian spirituality. The series, which will begin on Wednesday, March 12th, and run through Wednesday, April 9th, will explore the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality and include presentations from leading theologians and progressive thinkers. Participants will have access to a downloadable/printable participant reader written by evolutionary theologian Bruce Sanguin. Each evening will begin with Evensong in the chapel at 6 p.m. followed by a simple supper of soup and bread in the parish hall at 6:30 p.m. The program will run from 7-8 p.m., and session topics will include:
- Toward Healing the Rift
- A Renaissance of Wonder
- Getting Genesis Wrong
- An Evolving Faith
- Evolutionary Christianity
The basic format for each session will include conversation around the readings, a 20-minute video presentation, and guided discussion. Facilitators Bill Ashworth, Joe Domko, and Diane Wells will provide the interesting - and possibly challenging! - discussion questions. You will provide the interesting and challenging discussion!
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