St. Columba’s sees Christian education as an
essential part of its mission, and has recently devoted new resources and
energy to the Children's Chapel program. We want our kids to become
well-informed believers who will share the Christian faith with others. Many
adult parishioners also find their spiritual life and understanding is
strengthened by an ongoing investigation of the Bible and the Christian
story, through the classes, book studies, and forums that are offered
throughout the year.
LISTEN * LEARN * LIVE
Led by Lisa Reimer for children ages 5 and up.
9:00am – Sunday School. Lisa is using the new children’s curriculum for the
Episcopal Church, Weaving God’s Promises, which provides activities
including arts, crafts, dramas, games and more to reinforce the lessons of
the day. Come join the fun!
10:00am – Children’s Chapel. Children will gather in the Parish House
classroom for Children’s Chapel (scripture reading and prayers). They will
join their families for communion in the church.
9:00am – 11:15am Nursery available for children 3 and under.
combined youth groups from St. Columba’s and Trinity Church, Newport gather
not only for fun and fellowship (wonderful ski trip to NH), but also to work
together in Outreach projects for local agencies.
In December the Youth Groups raised over $1100 for their “Gifts for Teens”
project. They shopped for, wrapped, and delivered presents to 23 area teens,
who would otherwise have no presents to open on Christmas morning. In June
members of the Youth Group accepted an award from East Bay Community Action
for their outstanding efforts at Christmas time.
We encourage all to grow their faith at St. Columba's through a variety of
educational opportunities offered throughout the year, many of them
initiated and led by parishioners.
Currently, there are two ongoing lay-led groups - a weekly Early Bird men's
Bible Study group and an afternoon women's spiritual study group.
On Sunday mornings, time has been set aside as Reflect & Connect (9:00am) -
a newly created block of time that is used by our rector to explore issues
raised by the weekly Scripture readings, current events and to listen to
Advent and Lent offer a special opportunity for spiritual growth. During
those seasons, the rector leads a multi-week program, often using a book as
a springboard for discussion. These meetings follow the 5:30pm Wednesday
Eucharist service and begin in fellowship with a potluck dinner and then
conversation. Parishioners enjoy the opportunity to get to know one another
better in this casual setting.
There is an annual Quiet Morning in November before the hustle and bustle of
the holidays where all are invited to take time for reflection.
Throughout the year, the church hosts evening talks by parishioners and
members of the wider community on a number of topics. In the recent past,
these included: a woman's pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago, a fledging
not-for-profit's work providing electricity in Africa, healthy nutritional
practices and working through the stages of grief.
Men's Bible Study
A group of guys meets in the Parish Hall Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m. for the
Men’s Bible Study. They all swear it’s worth getting up that early.
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