Live and Learn the Fullness of Christ

Christianity is a way of life. Because it is a way of life, we are, in some way, always becoming Christians, followers of Christ.  While this process may begin at Baptism, it is a lifelong process through which we learn and live into the fullness of Christ through experience, reflection, engagement and challenge. It is the dynamic way in which our whole life is shaped by God through the work of the Holy Spirit. We call it Christian formation.

We can see the roots of Christian formation in the early church when Christian communities gathered to worship and pray, as well as to learn and support one another in the life of discipleship. In the Acts of the Apostles, we read that the newly emerging and rapidly growing Christian community devoted themselves "to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers" (2:42). Their rhythm of life was a continuation of Jesus' own ministry of gathering his friends around him so that their lives could be shaped by the contours of his life.

Because growing in the fullness of Christ is something that happens most significantly through acts of relating to Christ, each other and the world, we seek ways to integrate head learning (biblical study and theological reflection) and relationship-building at St. Andrew’s. That’s why you'll find some, but not a lot of, traditional programs at St. Andrew’s, and why much of what we do is inter-generational in nature. Christian Formation includes a rhythm of worship, a rich practice of prayer, and a commitment to learn, support, care for and enjoy one another and all God’s creation. To be formed in the fullness of Christ, join us in our fellowship gatherings, as we care for ourselves and others, and as we support our neighborhood.