Living Discipleship is an all-ages curriculum series designed to help individuals and communities know more fully the very things that Paul prayed for the Ephesians to find: the God revealed in Christ Jesus.
Living Discipleship is structured in three separate courses, each capable of running a full calendar year program for your small or large group:
Exploring the Bible: Participants will follow the vast, sweeping story of God’s extraordinary love for ordinary people, in a clear and easy-to-follow format. Each week, participants read selections from the Bible, with passages excerpted and condensed by biblical scholars for easier reading.
Practicing our Faith: Takes participants through The Book of Common Prayer, the liturgical year, the sacraments of the church, habits of daily prayer, and the teachings of Anglican Christianity.
Stepping Out in Faith: Designed for children ages 6-10, the program moves through the sacraments of the Episcopal Church, helping children to connect their daily lives to the story of God, the love of Christ, and the movement of the Holy Spirit in the world.
Celebrating the Saints: Participants will learn about twenty-six of the monks, missionaries, prophets, doctors, evangelists and more who are named saints in The Episcopal Church’s calendar.
You use one or more of the three years in any order. Each year is offered with two components: a youth/adult course and an adaptation suitable for young children and families.
Each year of the Living Discipleship curriculum features twenty-six sessions. Designed for use in weekly Sunday formation time, each session is approximately an hour long. With twenty-six sessions, this means that Living Discipleship can function as the Sunday formation curriculum in a church for an entire program year. Yet the lessons are also easily adaptable: each class stands on its own and can be used independently or rearranged in any order. Thus your parish could choose to use only a selection of the lessons, engaging in study for a semester or a season.
Alternatively, you could use the sessions as a summer curriculum or even at a time outside of Sunday morning. You could combine several sessions to create a weekend program. The possibilities are endless. This all-ages format allows families to come to church and learn about the same topic, each in their own class, and have a shared starting point from which to go home and talk, discuss, and debate about “what they learned in Sunday school.
To download a course, or purchase a companion book, visit the Forward Movement site.