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CHILDREN's
Spiritual Formation

Children’s formation is an important part of our parish family life. We want children to know God’s unconditional love for them and feel free to wonder out loud and ask questions about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the 21st century. Our primary vehicle for Children’s formation is Godly Play—a Montessori-based program that immerses participants in the stories of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Godly Play begins at 10:15 a.m. and children are brought up to join the congregation for the celebration of the Eucharist at the exchange of the peace. Godly Play is open to all children ages 4-12. Please contact Brooke Parker (brooke@stmarksutah.org) if you have any questions.

We also have a children’s choir that meets to rehearse on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Children’s choir members are regular participants in Sunday worship services and learn basic musical skills like singing in-tune, correct vocal technique, beginning notation, and movement. Children 6 and up are welcome.

Nursery care is available from 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. on Sunday for children under 4. The nursery is optional, and St. Mark’s welcomes the sounds of young children during its worship.

Learn more about Godly Play.

 
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YOUTH
Spiritual Formation

Youth formation at the Cathedral takes the form of a monthly diocese-wide gathering of middle and high-school youth on Monday evenings called “Go! Mondays.” This is a collaborative youth ministry that brings youth together from the Diocese of Utah and Camp Tuttle for some games, music, food, sharing, teaching, fellowship and prayer. Each month a different church will host the event, with the Priest leading the discussion for that gathering. There will be a break out session with the Jr and Sr High youth, then closing with music and prayer. If you have questions, please contact Karen Gleeson, Youth Coordinator. kgleeson@episcopal-ut.org or 801-322-4131.

 
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Adult
Spiritual Formation

The Anglican tradition often speaks about the three-legged stool—Scripture, Tradition, and Reason. Our Spiritual Formation offerings this fall are designed to address all three of these.

Sundays
9:15 AM in Bates Room

Sunday morning classes will focus on the leg of Tradition by covering the basic beliefs, practices, and theological orientations of Anglican Christianity. Attending one full Sunday morning course is one of the important steps an individual must take before baptism or confirmation.

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In September we will begin a four-week course taking an in-depth look at the liturgy of the Episcopal Church as the vehicle for making us a little more like the one we adore in Christ Jesus. We’ll explore the basic underlying shape of the liturgy, the ordo, and reflect together on deeper meaning and significance of our communal Eucharistic worship. Our text for this class with be the Reverend Dr. James Farwell’s The Liturgy Explained.

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Sundays in October and November we’ll examine together the basic doctrines of the Christian faith including—creation, the existence of evil, sin and the fall, the incarnation, the atonement, the trinity and much more. Using the Reverend Keith Ward’s book Christianity, we will explore each topic from three different perspectives.

Sundays in December we will offer a four week Advent series on the Jesus Prayer. Join Canon LeRoy Carter and Fr. Tyler for a practical exploration of this ancient, time-honored practice.

Wednesdays
10:00 AM in parlor

On Wednesdays at 10 a.m. a reading group meets in the Parlor for a fun hour of discussion and theological reflection using short fiction as the launching pad.

Wednesdays
6:00 PM in Dean’s Hall

On Wednesday nights we will turn our attention to scripture. This fall we’ll be doing a deep dive into two different books of the bible—The Gospel of Mark and The Letter to the Romans. We’ll work our way through each book in about 8 weeks, supporting our reflections with biblical commentaries. The evening will end with a service of sung Compline by candlelight in the chapel.

Thursdays
following 10:00 AM Eucharist in Bates Room

Thursday mornings we continue our tradition of holding a lively Bible Study and lunch in the Bates room after the 10 a.m. Eucharist

Download the a pdf with all the formation information.