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Youth at Fork Church

Godly Play

Christian Education is provided for children age 3 through grade 5 through Godly Play, 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.

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, explore our faith heritage, build community and friendships, and 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. 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.