E.C. – It could stand for Early Church. It could stand for Every Christian. It could stand for Episcopal Considerations. It could stand for Everyone Come. In reality E.C. is a bit of all of these. E.C. is a class for everyone who has an interest in learning a bit more about Christianity and the Episcopal Church take on Christianity. The class will be offered on Sundays beginning February 19. We usually end before Easter, but the class this year will run into Eastertide. The exact concluding date will be determined once the class starts meeting. We will meet at 12:45 (after the 11:00 service and time for coffee/non-coffee) in the Crowley Room, and conclude by 2:15. So grab your coffee (or non-coffee) and join us. By the way, if you want to bring a sandwich or something more substantial that’s fine. It is a great way to learn new stuff, brush up on stuff that may have gotten rusty, and to prepare for Confirmation or Reception if you are considering that. Bring yourself, bring a friend, bring a snack, and see how easy it is to enjoy E.C. (Feb. 19 is an overview, so come check it out.)
Growing in Faith, Sundays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Barth Hall Series: Sunday Mornings:
Prophets and Kings – When the Israelite people moved into the Promised Land, an intense battle began for the hearts and minds of God’s people. Join us as we examine the people of Israel, the Canaanite gods they are attracted to, their kings, and the prophets God sends to remind them of his covenant with them. And we see how we still struggle to serve God completely.
Bible Study with Father Alltop: The Cathedral’s Canon Vicar, the Rev’d Robert W. Alltop, leads a weekly Bible study in Guild Room 3. This class starts at 9:45 a.m.
There are many opportunities at the Cathedral for Christian Education. The programs are run by our Director of Religious Education, Mrs. Kit Ilardi, and by the Cathedral’s clergy. All of programs involve small group discussion and in many cases we meet in fellowship over breakfast or a light meal.
At the Cathedral we believe in the importance of children in worship. We believe it is important for them, and for the community of faith as a whole. Therefore, children are encouraged to attend worship with their families. A special children’s bulletin is available at the information desk in the gallery for them to use during the service. The Cathedral also runs a Vacation Bible School every summer for a week in August. It is open to both cathedral children and children from the local community. There is no charge for Vacation Bible School; the Cathedral does it as a gift to the community.
The Cathedral Youth Group meets every Sunday after the 11:00 service until approximately 2:30 pm. The group is open to young people in grades 6 through 12. The program consists of fun and games, food and conversation, Christian education and worship. Every week the group has lunch together and checks in to see what is new with each member of the group. The group has a different theme for each meeting. These range from our relationship with God to our relationships with family, friends and others. The group discussions are always lively and insightful. Some weeks the group just has fun either bowling together, going on field trips to lcoal museums, playing games or acting in skits. The Youth Group participates in service projects such as an underwear drive for the homeless, collecting shoes for Soles 4 Souls, and the Souper Bowl of Caring to collect money for food aid locally and worldwide. Members of the group also assist with the running of the Cathedral’s Vacation Bible School, the Cathedral’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Members of the group also participate in events sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan including a mission trip and Nightwatch, an overnight event at the Cathedral. Through these activities the Cathedral youth develop a lasting relationship with each other and with the church.
Young Adult and Campus Ministry
Young Adult and Campus Ministry: The Cathedral has an ongoing relationship with the local campus community and students. Several Wayne State and College for Creative Studies students regularly attend the services at the Cathedral. They are integrated into the regular parish life of the Cathedral as well as having some special perks such as regular “care packages” and lunches with members of the Cathedral clergy, staff and parishioners. In addition, the Cathedral hands out special gifts to students walking in the area. These gifts many include a bottle of water on a hot day, candy for Valentines day and Halloween and a “finals emergency kit” consisting of pens, pencils, candy, gum and a prayer for exams as well as contact information for the Cathedral and an invitation to come to the Cathedral for quiet reflection. Events are also planned for local college students including picnics and dinners at the homes of members of the Cathedral.
Our parish students who are in college either locally or out of the area als