Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:15-16)
The ministry of spiritual formation seeks to introduce people to Jesus as Lord and Savior and help deepen their relationship with him and with one another. This is pursued through programs and opportunities for people of all ages to grow in heart, mind, and soul, and in practice of their faith.
Coordinator: Susie Harding
Key Statistics in 2015
The following people serve on the Spiritual Formation Committee:
- Trevor Black – Sunday Night Live aka SNL
- Richard Henry – Member at Large
- Susan Jones – Parish Retreat
- Tracey Kelly – Faith Factory
- Jody and Richard Leach – Texas Branch CoLeaders
- Alli Lesser – Parish Retreat
- Rob Merola – Wednesdays at Church, (WatCH)
- Anne Millen-Martini – Leadership Development
- Vicki Nelson - Small Groups and Advent Materials
- Tom O’Neill – Vacation Bible School, VBS
- Maria Palmer – Member at Large
- Mary Petersen – Mission Trips, Lenten Devotional
In addition to the committee, over 200 other volunteers supported Spiritual Formation programs.
Major Activities, Events, or Accomplishments in 2015:
- Kicked off the new year with bible based finance classes.
- Sponsored staff and two members of the vestry to attend the DRIVE conference.
- Rebranded Sunday School as Faith Factory and Youth Group as Sunday Night Live.
- Offered Children’s Chapel during the sermons.
- Published the Lenten devotional of writings by St. Matthews parishioners.
- Read Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle and gathered weekly for a community meal and discussion during Lent WatCH.
- Sponsored mission trips for youth to Philadelphia and adults to Haiti.
- Blasted 84 VBS participants and over 55 volunteers (including 40 teens) into the past in the St. Matthews time machine.
- Participated in Willow Creek Leadership Conference at the satellite location in Leesburg.
- Registered a team for the 2016 Willow Creek Leadership Conference – Come join us!
- Expanded small group offerings.
- Sponsored outside speakers for WatCH programs.
- Provided Advent resources including wreath making, devotionals and the Advent Conspiracy WatCH program.
Goals and Objectives for 2016
- Encourage all teens to attend Sunday Night Live, SNL, at least once.
- Involve all parishioners in mission through joining a mission team or supporting mission trips with money, supplies, prayers, or other needs identified by the mission coordinator.
- Expand VBS attendance to more children from the neighborhood surrounding the church.
- Offer the Education for Ministry, EFM, program for lay leaders.
- Welcome new members to the Spiritual Formation Committee.
If you are interested in helping out with Youth Leadership, please reach out to Pat Pritchett. We could really use your help!