Sunday School for All Ages
Children and youth gather in the Chapel at 9:00 am to sing and share good news before moving to classes. Ages 3 – 4th grade use Godly Play, older children and youth use lessons are prepared by Brian Maves.
The Rector’s Forum meets in the Parish Hall at 9:10. This year Father Dale will begin with an introduction to the New Testament, followed by a verse by verse study of the earliest Gospel – the Gospel of Mark. Bring your Bibles!
The Lambeth Bible Study, an experiential and meditative approach to scripture, is a second option for adults. This group meets in the Conference Room at 9:10 each Sunday, and everyone is welcome.
The Sunday School year concludes on May 22 with our end of year potluck breakfast. Bring something to share – fruit, pastry, eggs, etc. – and join us in the parish hall at 9:00 am. We have lots of fun, good food, and an opportunity to support our children and thank the wonderful people who minister to them throughout the year. Come show our students, teachers, and parents how much we appreciate them, and enjoy the company of you parish family.
Wave of Prayer for Renewal & Evangelism
Bishop Martins is calling for a “wave of prayer” for the evangelization of central and southern Illinois. The term “novena” isn’t widely used in our vocabulary, but it is a nine-day period of concentrated prayer focused on a particular intercessory concern. St. George’s will be offering a novena between Ascension and Pentecost, with the special intention of asking for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to renew and evangelize people in the Diocese of Springfield and around the world. Everything begins with a Deanery-wide Ascension Day Service on Thursday evening, May 5th, 7:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edwardsville (406 Hillsboro Avenue). We conclude with the Bishop’s visit to St. George’s on Pentecost, May 15.
During this period of nine days (plus Sundays) we will also have services of Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, and/or Evening Prayer in the Chapel each day, plus the usual Wednesday morning Eucharist. Please attend as many of these services as possible (they are included in the May calendar and also listed separately on page 9).
We also have two booklets for personal or family prayers available, and we encourage you to take one home and use it. The first is based on a form provided by the Diocese, and the second has been put together by a parishioner and friends, who have been planning an ecumenical wave of prayer for this same period of time for almost a year – this must be a God thing!
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in us the fire of your love.