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Christian Education

Godly Play 
Godly Play is a method of Christian education and spiritual direction for children. The goal of Godly Play is to teach children the art of using religious language – parable, sacred story, silence, and liturgical action – to help them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.

In Godly Play, we tell Bible stories to children to encourage them to enter into the stories and relate them to their personal experience.

Godly Play is concerned with the spiritual development of each child as an individual and with modeling the appropriate moral behaviors expected of people living within a Christian Community.

In Godly Play, each class session follows the pattern of the church’s Sunday Service, so children will have a deeper understanding and enjoy fuller participation in the parish worship.

Godly Play was developed and classroom tested for more than twenty years by Episcopal priest, author, and teacher Jerome Berryman. The Godly Play method is currently being used in churches of many denominations throughout the world.

At Fork Church, we have three Godly Play groupings.
  Group I is for 3, 4 and 5 year olds
  Group II is for Grades 1, 2, and 3
  Group III is for grades 4 and 5

We meet in the Parish House at 10:00 am for about 40 minutes and go to church for communion. Our lead teachers for Godly Play are Boo Smythe and Ann Neri.

Youth Group;  Journey to Adulthood
Journey to Adulthood is a program of spiritual formation for young people. The goals of the program are to celebrate the transition from youth to adulthood, to explore our faith heritage, to build community and friendships, and to deal with issues that are important to teenagers. At Fork Church the J2A (Journey to Adulthood) program includes youth from the 6th grade through the 12th grade. With our continued growth,  we have divided the J2A program into two groups: Rite 13 is the 6th - 8th grades, and 'YAC' is the 9th - 12th grades. We meet twice a month for fun, fellowship, food and faith exploration. The program includes such activities as “Holy Hockey”, Frisbee Golf, bowling, swimming, community service, serving as acolytes, diocesan retreats at Shrine Mont, mission trips, Youth Sunday at church and just “hanging” out together. Contact person is Boo Smythe.

Adult Forum
In our Sunday morning meeting of men and women, we engage in open discussion of the meaning of Christianity aimed at developing a deepening capacity for growth in faith. We study the Bible and consider the works of theologians and lay writers, past and present, to guide us to awareness of the presence and availability of God's Kingdom here on earth. We invite you to join us in our journey of faith. We meet every Sunday from September through May at 9 AM in the Parish Hall. Our leaders are Don Schubert and Fr Nik.