At All Saints Church, we value learning, seeking to know the mind and will of God through Scripture, reason, tradition and human experience. A wide variety of educational opportunities for all ages are offered on Sundays and during the week throughout the year.
Education and Formation Office
All Saints Church offers a comprehensive adult education program that includes Bible and theology, spirituality and pastoral care, the impact of arts and literature on our lives, and practical ways to live out our commitment to peace and justice. Information about the adult education offerings each week can be found in the Saints Alive and This Week at All Saints newsletters.
At All Saints Church, the Confirmation program is a series of presentations, discussions and small group meetings designed for anyone wanting to go deeper into the history, theology and core values of the Episcopal Church. Participants include those seeking Confirmation in the Episcopal Church — described in the Prayer Book as “a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of Baptism,” those wishing to reaffirm their Confirmation or to be “received” from another tradition into the Episcopal Church. It also includes those who just want to know more about the Episcopal Church, to deepen their connections through participation in small group study and reflection or to explore their call to ministry as a member of All Saints Church.
Meeting approximately every-other week from January into May, participants discuss significant issues of Christian faith, practice and theology within the framework of the Church’s teaching and worship; its understanding of sin, evil and forgiveness; personal and social ethics; and the call to be agents of justice and peace in the world.
Education and Formation Office
EfM (EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY)
EfM is a four-year group seminar that studies Hebrew/Christian Scriptures and church history. As lay persons we face the difficult and often subtle task of interpreting the richness of the church’s faith in a complex and confusing world. We need a theological education which supports our faith and also teaches us to express that faith in day-to-day events. Through discussion and guided reflection, the seminar provides the opportunity for deeper understanding of how our lives and actions are part of our rich theological heritage.
Group members are part of a small group in which the events of each person’s life may be examined in the light of the materials being studied. By examining our own beliefs and their relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith, we can learn what it means to be effective ministers in the world. The program is produced by the University of the South, an Episcopal University. The class meets weekly on a weeknight from September through May. Tuition is approximately $350 per year.
See the Greater Pasadena EFM website here.
On Sundays at 10:15 a.m. (between services), the Rector’s Forum welcomes speakers from around the country, as well as from our congregation, to address issues of current importance. Speakers are selected by the Rector. Suggestions for dynamic speakers are welcome.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: ELEMENTARY
During the 10:15 a.m. education hour, children in kindergarten through fifth grade encounter the Bible, our Episcopal traditions and our story as a people of God. The curriculum we use is Godly Play, a Montessori-based program of Christian formation and an interactive way for the children to learn Bible stories, our traditions, and how they fit into the larger story of God’s people.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: PRESCHOOL
During Sunday morning worship, each classroom has story time, art time and snack. We welcome parents to come and take their children to Communion. If you wish to take your child to Communion, the best time to come and get them is at the Peace.
During the 10:15 a.m. education hour, children in Rooms 3, and 4 have Sunday School, taught by wonderful and dedicated volunteers. Sunday School concludes with a brief worship service from 10:45 to 11:00 a.m. During this service, children will receive Communion. Parents are welcome to join us for worship! Please check the Sunday School calendar for specific information such as themes and dates for each classroom.