Grits & Gospel: Sunday School over breakfast

An all-ages formation in the parish hall, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Breakfast: $3 a plate, no charge for children

September 10:Stewardship of the Plate 
We'll explore the biblical tradition of stewardship,

and ask, What’s on your plate? And wWhat can the Church provide that you’re hungry for?  

We'll have fun with paper plates, exploring what belongs on your plate.                                       

September 17: Approaching the Cross, Carrying the Cross 
Speaker & Slideshow: Wendy Walmsley
We'll learn more about the traditional designs for crosses

And children will head out on a scavenger hunt in search of crosses. 

September 24: The Flowering of Ordinary Time
We’ll explore the Church Year with flowers and learn more about our Flower Guild.  

We'll also have an update on the flowering of our Pledge Campaign. 
Children will arrange flowers to present as an offering at the offertory.              

                                                    
October 1: Canticle of the Sun: Celebrating the Gift of Creation
As we near the feast of St. Francis, we’ll give thanks for our own favorite creatures, the household pets who bless us.

After Breakfast, we'll learn about plans for our Pet Memorial Garden.  

We'll prepare a creation Altar Frontal for the upcoming Feast of St. Francis.
                                            
October 8: Celebrating our Patronal Feast: St. Francis of Assisi
One service at 10 a.m., followed by our annual Spaghetti Supper, hosted by Men’s Club

October 15: Looking ahead to St. Luke the Physician
We'll learn about St. Luke, artist and physician, and explore the holy work of tending the sick.

We'll make St. Luke's Feast Day Cards for the sick and those who minister to them.

Molly Hanna will tell us about caring for our friends and neighbors who suffer from dementia. 

October 22: Bringing in the sheaves: Gospel wisdom straight off the farm
We’ll explore agrarian themes in Holy Scripture.

​Kim Roberts will lift up the Stewardship of Creation.

                                           
October 29: Making Banners for All Saints Sunday: Local & Universal

We'll learn about the tradition of All Saints.

And as we move toward All Saints Sunday, we'll remember the faithful departed and prepare memorial banners for the saints.

November 5: What do Christian Saints, Souls, and Sinners have in common?  In a word: Jesus
We’ll prepare banners of saints ancient and local.

And we'll have an open-mic sharing of stories about sainted sinners we've known and loved. 
                                                  
November 12: Remembering Veteran’s Day 

We'll explore the prayers soldiers carry into war, and we'll hear from veterans among us.

​We'll prepare cards and gift bags to send to families of soldiers on active duty     
                                               
November 19: Bible Time: Shifting Stories with the Lectionary
There will be a small introduction to the Lectionary, focusing on the Four Evangelists.

We'll ask, What is the Word of God saying to me today?

And how does hearing the Word become living the Word in the life of our parish?

We'll make bookmarks for the Good Book, and talk about the Family Bibles we treasure in an open mic session.

November 26: Christ the King and the Sovereignty of God
We’ll ask, Who is Lord of my life? And how do I mark the sovereignty of God?

Children will decorate Crowns in celebration of the Feast of Christ the King. 

December 3: Exploring the Music of Advent
Our organist and choirmaster Keith Valade will introduce us to the settings we'll sing in Advent. 

Wreath making materials will be available for each household to prepare an Advent Wreath.

December 10: On Jordan’s Bank with John, asking, What is a Prophet?
We'll ponder the presence of wild man John the Baptist, living off honey and locusts in the season of Advent

Children will decorate beeswax candles.                                               

December 17: Honoring the Mother of Jesus
We'll prepare for Christmas with the Blessed Virgin Mary and lift up the gift of the Incarnation

We'll look at what Matthew and Luke have to say about the infancy of Jesus.

Children will explore their own holy families through the art of drawing portraits.


The Epiphany-Easter Term of Grits & Gospel will begin on Sunday, January 7.


A Word About the Twelve Days of Christmas
December 24: Christmas Eve falls in Advent this year, so  . . .
8 a.m. Advent 4, Holy Communion, Rite I
6 p.m. The Feast of Christmas, Holy Communion, Rite II, 
beginning with a Tableau Christmas Pageant

Saturday, January 6: Make plans to celebrate Twelfth Night with us!
6:30 p.m. The Feast of the Epiphany, Holy Communion, Rite II
Followed by an Epiphany Reception in the Parish Hall.


Every Sunday there is a Parish Nursery for infants and toddlers from 7:45 until 11:30 a.m.

Our nursery staff is here to bless your children with the gift of God's love and the experience of “church” as a fun place to be.  

Our staff and teachers are all certified by the Diocese of Georgia in Safeguarding God's Children. 

ST. FRANCIS OF THE ISLANDS CHRISTIAN FORMATION