For Children

Nursery Care

Childcare is provided each Sunday beginning at 9:30 am, and also for other parish special events, by a staff that is trained and has taken the Safeguarding God’s Children sexual malpractice course mandated by the Diocese of East Tennessee.  In addition to care and socialization, children who participate in our nursery program receive Christian formation too.

CONTACT                       Amy Harris

 

Godly Play

Godly Play is a Montessori-based Sunday school curriculum for ages 3 through 6.  The Godly Play approach helps children, who have an innate sense of the presence of God, to explore their faith through biblical story, in order to gain a feeling for religious language and encourage an imagination informed by the Bible.  Godly Play parallels the 10:00 am Sunday service, which means that children enter worship in time to receive communion with their parents.  Children’s chapel is included as part of this Godly Play approach to primary age Christian formation.

CONTACT                       Emma Veys

 

Vacation Bible School

VBS is a wonderful opportunity for children, teens, and adults to come together for fun, education and other activities that last a week during the month of June.

CONTACT                       Dawn Schnitzer

 

Other Activities

The parish offers other opportunities for children and families: our annual Halloween Party called Trunk or Treat is hosted by our youth, our annual Christmas pageant and Holy Week events, as well as fun picnics.  Children and families always enjoy the annual St. Francis of Assisi Animal Blessing at the 10 o’clock service on the Sunday nearest October 4, the date of St. Francis of Assisi Day.

 

For Youth

CONTACT                       Dawn Schnitzer

 

Tween-z

Tween refers to a child between the ages of 9 and 12. While no longer a little child but not quite a teenager, a tween is quite literally at the awkward stage of in-between. While a tween is not yet in the midst of adolescence, he or she will face a variety of obstacles in the next few years including transitioning from elementary to middle school, puberty, increasing responsibility, homework, and exposure through peer-pressure to dangerous compulsive behaviors including sex and drugs and internet security issues.

 

EYC

Episcopal Young Churchmen is our youth program for Grades 7 through 12.  It is a flexible framework designed by and for youth, with a special focus on teaching leadership skills to a next generation of Christian faithful. The traditional EYC program in an Episcopal Church is largely build around fellowship-fun activities for youth. Other components of the St. Martin of Tours program follow:

 

Lock-Ins

Activities begin at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and end at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday with youth and parental participants expected to attend worship the following morning.  The design includes teaching; fun, games, praying, eating and a whole lot more.  Hardest part of a lock-in: participates are expected to lose their cell phones for the duration.

 

Bible Study

Taught by youth themselves, most recently by former EYC’er, Kyle Sewell, the group met following the late service on Sunday mornings.

 

Confirm/not Conform

The Confirm/not Conform curriculum provides a safe place for youth to explore the breadth of the Christian tradition, to question and express doubt, and to discover what they truly believe.  This is the basis for our Confirmation teaching that is required before being presented to the bishop for the sacrament.  Confirm/not Conform is based on the premise that youth have a distinctive voice in the church that should be heard.

 

Youth Lectors

Youth read the epistle at the 10 o’clock service.

 

Outreach

Activities for youth also include planning and leading the annual Halloween party for children and a birthday for Jesus at the early service on Christmas eve; also serving the Community Kitchen.  Members actively support efforts of the Chattanooga Episcopal community on behalf of Haiti.

 

Happening

Happening is a spiritual renewal weekend designed along the Cursillo model especially for teens in Grades 10-12 at Grace Point and offered through the Diocese of East Tennessee.

CONTACT                       Jim Wallace

 

For Adults

11:20 Christian Formation Hours on Sundays

The Sunday Forum

This follows the late service on Sunday mornings and may be taught by clergy and lay alike, with a variety of topics chosen to be of interest to participants. Presentations are of short duration, usually over two or three Sundays, but can be revisited per the interest of the class.

CONTACT                       Jim Wallace

 

Sunday Book Study

Participants choose their own book to read and enjoy. Class discussion is guided in order to insure that all who attend share a meaningful time. This class also follows the late service on Sundays.

CONTACT                       Chris Schutz

 

Thursday Study and Holy Eucharist with Healing

Taught by the rector at 11:00 am, the class has included such topics as the saints, the book of Revelation, and the book of Genesis presented as the story of a dysfunctional family, and the bad girls of the Bible! A short Eucharist in the chapel with the sacrament of Healing precedes teaching in the Parish Hall. At times, lunch has been included.

CONTACT                       Jim Wallace

 

Small Group Ministry

SGM is a program of discipleship-oriented groups, intentional, face-to-face gatherings of three to seven people, regularly scheduled, with a common purpose of discovering and growing the abundant life of Christ, in which the group itself is the ministry.  SGM is a great way to make a new, best friend at church.

Education For Ministry (EFM)

A uniquely practical way to learn Christianity, this four-year course focuses on learning to do theological reflection by deliberately connecting faith resources with issues of your everyday life and contemporary society, within the context of a comprehensive study of the basics of Christian faith.  Education for Ministry may be offered when a minimum of 6 people are interested in forming a group. The group’s mentor receives training through the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, which developed and administers the Education for Ministry (EFM) program.

CONTACT                       Jim Wallace

 

CURSILLO

Cursillo is a four-day, weekend spiritual retreat for adults held twice yearly, in the fall and spring, at Grace Point and provided by the Diocese of East Tennessee. It is a time for fun, reflection, prayer, and based on a series of lecture on Christian basics – the word Cursillo in Spanish means “Short Course in Christianity – within the context of small group sharing.

CONTACT                       Ralph and Pat Coggin

 

For the Whole Family

CONTACT                       Jim Wallace

 

Wednesday Parish Family Activities

Currently all that is offered are the choir rehearsals as this program, which was offered for three years, is being reviewed and redesigned to better meet the needs of the parish community. Most recently presented, during the season of Lent, was a class about developing a personal spiritual discipline called “Growing a Rule of Life”.

 

Special Events

Activities both fun and educational are scheduled from time to time, such as a Parish Seder Meal, with attendees dancing a Jewish circle dance called the hora, for example, or a movie night, with the movie selected for its spiritual merit and Christian theme.