Wondering about that phrase ‘life long formation’ and what it means? Learning and education don’t stop after Sunday School and youth groups. Our committee works hard to ensure that every church and every person in the Diocese of New Jersey has good, timely, quick information and up-to-date resources for education for all ages.
You’ll find a myriad of resources here to assist you in educational initiatives for every age in your parish, resources for learning on your own and seminars and workshops offered through the Ministry Institute, where you can join others interested in similar topics.
Would you like to know more? Contact the Mr. Steve Isham or Ms. Susan Legnani, co-chairs of the committee. They’ll be able to assist you with just about any question in the area of Christian formation.
To create and support educational, spiritual, and vocational programs throughout the diocese for children, youth, and lay adults and clergy in order to equip the people of God for ministry.
The committee sponsors diocesan Christian Formation events and supports workshop days sponsored by Christian Education Associates and the Ecumenical Training Associates. At these conferences, Commission members serve as sponsors and presenters.
The committee also represents the Diocese of New Jersey in the Province II Christian Education Network.
Formation411: In-Formation Consultation:
Is your Sunday School stuck in a rut? Do you have Curriculum concerns? Does your Christian Formation program need re-formation? The Committee for Life Long Christian Formation can help!
Parish Consultations by experienced Christian Educators are available for help with curriculum selection and guidance, program review, teacher resources, teacher recruitment and training, space needs and budget review. For a minimal fee of $50 (plus travel), a consultant will work with you to arrive at a variety of options to revitalize, reorganize or re-source your Parish Christian Formation program. Scholarships are available. Longer retreat days and consultation available by request (appropriate fees applicable/partial scholarships available). For more information, please contact Formation411@gmail.com.
Beulah Enterprises: Christian toys, Beulah Land felt figures, the Jesus doll, books and more.
Building Faith: Resources, articles and links for Christian Formation including Curriculum Comparison Charts, a down-loadable Christian Educator’s handbook, and seasonal resources.
Candle Press: Helen Barton provides a unique variety of materials for church seasons, baptism, confirmation, and family celebrations.
Church Publishing: Episcopal congregational resources.
Diocese of Connecticut: This website provides good reviews of the most widely used curricula for children and youth in the Episcopal church.
Episcopal Relief and Development: Outreach focused curricula for children and youth which can also be adapted for Vacation Bible School or a Youth Lock-In! Also available: Ministering to Children and Teens after a Disaster.
Godly Play Resources: The official website for Godly Play.
Leader Resources: Providers of Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood as well as many other Christian Formation curricula.
Life Long Learning Free weekly lectionary-based lessons for children, youth and adults designed for small Episcopal congregations.
Treehaus Communications: A good source of material for those who use Catechesis of the Good Shepherd or Godly Play.
Virginia Theological Seminary Center for Ministry for Teaching: Curriculum write ups, Vacation Bible School program evaluations, links and down-loadable resources, including Episcopal Children’s Curriculum lessons at no cost. Sign up here for a free on-line subscription to Episcopal Teacher, a quarterly publication for all those involved in Christian Formation.