Christian Formation at St. Mary's is each Sunday morning from 10am-10:50am. Our education is aimed at lifelong growth in the knowledge, service and love of God as followers of Christ and is informed by Scripture, Tradition and Reason.
Adults meet in Martyrs Hall or the Sisters' Chapel. Children meet in the Moody Wing, and Youth meet in the Youth Room off the Crypt downstairs.
Christian Formation for 2019-20: Send your ideas!
During our period of transition, a Christian Formation team is meeting to put together a schedule for the 2019-20 spring/fall. If you have ideas for programming or people that you would like to see featured, we want to hear from you. We will continue to structure the schedule around the three concepts that guided us this past year -- INWARD (self improvement, family support, servant leadership), UPWARD (scriptural grounding, more contemplative) and OUTWARD (community and social justice, invitations to our faith). We would love to hear your ideas for what we should consider including in our Sunday morning Christian Formation time. Email your thoughts to Allison Musick amusick [at] stmarysmemphis [dot] org 901-937-4791 or contact any members of the committee: Katie Ortkiese, Zack McMillin, Jim Powell, Sarah Edwards, Pat Kelly, Evelyn Baker and Marcos Villa. We request that you make suggestions by Sunday, May 5 so that we can include them for consideration at our next meeting.
Children & Youth
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (3-6 year olds)
led by Terra Nwobilor & Julie Byrd
The themes presented in the atrium are taken from the Bible and the liturgy (prayers and sacraments) as the fundamental sources for creating and sustaining Christian life at every developmental stage, and in particular, for illuminating and nourishing the child in his/her wonder and questions.
Elementary Sunday School (6-9 year olds)
led by Vickie Baselski & Marsha Callow
This class is creatively designed to explore the stories of Scripture through the lectionary and engage the liturgical season through art, games, and snacks.
Middle School (6th-8th grade)
led by Natalie Williams
Using components of the Walkwith901 program, middle school students gather for spiritual formation and reflection on liturgical seasons through art, music, and cultural exploration to integrate principles of social justice into their day to day lives.
High School (9th-12th grade)
led by Justin Merrick
Each Sunday is a lively, open, thoughtful discussion time to discuss pertinent current topics and how as Christians we approach them. Trips to coffee shops, breakfast joints, and other local venues with various volunteers and clergy are part of this Sunday time together.