Something new, exciting and really different is here. “This is NOT Sunday School: A Weekly Christian Learning Opportunity” is launching September 20, 2020 from the Forma Council and assorted working groups. This is a true collaborative Episcopal Church effort that is especially welcome as we navigate these remarkable times.
The weekly Christian Learning Opportunity is for home use by individuals, families and congregations. Each session takes about one hour to complete and can be completed at a time convenient for individuals or groups. They’re working hard to make it accessible and engaging.
“Being away from church doesn’t mean we can’t continue learning about God at home,”
“Being away from church doesn’t mean we can’t continue learning about God at home,” said Melissa Rau ECF’s Staff Liaison to Forma and co-organizer of This is NOT Sunday School, “This is a dynamic opportunity for families to grow together in faith, especially around this terrific, weekly offering.” This is NOT Sunday School is coming from the Faith@Home team, which is a collaboration between Forma and Forward Movement to offer free Christian learning resources.
Free sessions of This is NOT Sunday School will launch weekly starting September 16, and you can sign up on the ChurchNext website today. Each week’s session features video teaching by a professional from the Christian formation network, Forma, as well as downloadable lessons and readings.
Sessions use Forward Movement’s Exploring the Bible curriculum, which includes many of the most famous stories in the Bible. It’s part of Forward Movement’s free Living Discipleship series for all children, youth, and adults, available in English and Spanish.
The sessions are hosted through the online learning platform of ChurchNext, a leader in offering online Christian formation. “We’re excited to develop and share this much-needed resource,” said Chris Yaw, founder of ChurchNext. “Families can pick the time and space that works for them to come together, learn about the Bible and one another, and draw closer to Jesus Christ.”
Some of the teachers for This is NOT Sunday School include Victoria Hoppes, Roger Hutchison, and Miriam McKenney. You can learn more and sign up at ChurchNext.tv.
ChurchNext offers online Christian learning for individuals and groups, and is a ministry of Forward Movement. Forma is the network for Christian formation, a ministry of Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF). Faith@Home offers free Christian learning and discipleship resources and is a collaboration between Forward Movement and ECF.
Even if we can’t physically worship and learn together, we can still draw closer to Jesus Christ; that’s the aim of each weekly learning experience. I’m excited our church has developed this wonderful resource for people of all ages.