Christian Formation Program

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Christian Formation Program

The Formation Program at St. Luke's is designed to prepare adult parishioners for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, or the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows at the Easter Vigil. It is a way for people to find their way "home" to St. Luke‘s, whether from another tradition, no tradition, or a life-time with the Episcopal Church.

The program consists of three parts, running from the beginning of October through Easter: The Discovery Series, Becoming a Candidate, and Preparing for Deeper Life in the Community. All candidates are paired with a sponsor who will help introduce them more deeply to the life and ministries of St. Luke’s Church. Candidates are expected to attend all four sessions of the Discovery Series and to participate in all subsequent meetings of the program. Please contact a member of the Clergy at 212.924.0562 for more details.

Christian Formation 2019-2020

Part I: Discovery Series

Saturdays, 10 am-2pm, Parish House

October 5: Reading the Bible
November 2: Worship and The Book of Common Prayer
December 7: Christian History and The Episcopal Church
January 4: Ethical Decision Making: & Centering Prayer Workshop

Part II: Becoming a Candidate

Retreat with Rector
January 24th - 26th, Mariandale

*Sponsor‘s Meeting* (Sponsors only)

Sunday, January 26th at 1:30 pm in the Parish House

Instructed Eucharist, Candidates & Sponsors
Thursday, February 27 at 6:15 pm in the Church

Formation Dinner with Candidates & Sponsors
Thursday, February 27 at 7:15 pm in Laughlin Hall

Induction of Candidates
Sunday, March 1 at 11:15 am Eucharist

Part III: Preparing for Deeper Life in the Community

A) Formation Classes
Sundays 1:30 to 3 pm, Laughlin Hall
March 8: Being Human: Blessings and Challenges
March 15: Jesus Christ: A New Way of Living
March 22: The Church: Following Jesus in Community
March 29: Unfinished Business: Working for God‘s Reign of Justice and Peace

B) Theology & Practice of Christian Service
Saturday, April 4 *
*(Lunch/Class/Rehearsal + 1 service project required)

Option 1: Altar Guild clean-up for Holy Week
Meet at 10 am (Sacristy)
Lunch, class meeting (Candidates and Sponsors), and rehearsal for Vigil
Meet at 1 pm (Laughlin Hall)

Option 2: Dinner preparation, Art & Acceptance
Meet at 6:30 pm (School Dining Room)

C) Easter Vigil and Concluding Meeting
Saturday, April 11: 5 pm Rehearsal with Bishop; 6 pm Reception in Rectory; 7:30 pm, Gather in Church; 8:00 pm, Great Vigil of Easter

Sunday, April 19: 1:30-3:00 pm, Final Wrap-Up in Laughlin Hall

For more information, please contact Fr. William Ogburn at