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Formation

 Formation

“Therefore, as you are going, make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you." –Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20)

At Piedmont, we take the call to be disciples and grow in our faith seriously. More than just “education,” we understand discipleship as a matter of formation, a process of being “formed,” being fashioned into Christians within the life of the community of faith. This process includes learning facts, gaining knowledge, about the Bible, history, and theology. But it involves much more, the development of the person as a whole—mind, body, and soul. It has as its goal not simply information, but transformation, the shaping of people into “little Christs,” as the reformer Martin Luther said.

This kind of formation cannot be an individual endeavor. Making disciples means fashioning Christ-like persons in communities, who live in fellowship with Christ and at peace with each other, enabling us to live out Jesus’ way of life in such a way that others are attracted to it. This is one reason why the church is important—because we recognize that we cannot be the people Jesus wants us to be on our own. We cannot become the disciples we are called to be, cannot be formed into Christ’s likeness, without the help of other believers, without the church. And so we gather weekly to be formed by the Word and Sacrament, by fellowship with other believers, and by sharing with them in the life of the church.

The primary way in which we are formed is through worship, in learning the rhythm and pattern, the disciplines of prayer and praise, of confession and profession, of singing and taking part in the sacraments. More than anything, it is through worship, that strange form of worship we call liturgy, that we are shaped as Christians.

 

ADULT STUDIES

 There is of course value in committing to more deliberate study of a subject matter. And we offer various Bible studies and Adult Forums throughout the week, to promote the intellectual life of our church and to help them to understand and appreciate the meaning of the Gospel for today.

 Bible Studies

  • Mondays, 7pm    Study of Genesis– Nick & Cindy McDowell’s
  • Thursdays, 7pm   Bible Fellowship – Parish House

 Recent Adult Forums:

  • The Beatitudes
  • Psalms as Tools for Prayer
  • For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Ecological Vision
  • Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity
  • Anglican Identity: An Introduction to the Anglican Tradition
  • Stories Jesus Still Tells (Parables)
  • One Nation Under God: A Christian Hope for American Politics
  • Practicing the Faith: Spiritual Practices for the Christian Life
  • Virtual Tour of the Holy Land: Sights and Reflections from Fr. Terry's Pilgrimage

  

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Children are warmly welcomed at Piedmont. During worship, they are invited to participate with their parents, to be cared for in the nursery, or if school-age, to participate in our children’s ministry program, Shepherd's Way, which takes place during the first half of the service in the undercroft (church downstairs). 

Shepherd’s Way invites children into a space and time where they can discover and express their own experience of Jesus Christ as a Good Shepherd who knows them by name, cares for them and guides them, and to whom they are exceedingly precious.