Christian Formation & Education
Participation in Worship
Lay participation is encouraged at St Saviour's in a variety of ways, through welcoming, stewarding, reading and leading intercessions.
Children from the age of eight who are willing are trained to serve as acolytes - bearing candles or the processional cross in the Eucharist.
St Saviour's Church now prepares children aged 8 and over to receive Holy Communion prior to Confirmation, if their parents and the children themselves wish it. The first stream of children were prepared in a series of 6 classes, and were formally admitted to Communion at the Parish Eucharist on the 4th Sunday of Easter - April 21st 2013.
Preparation for Confirmation
Preparation for adults wishing to be confirmed (and baptised - if they have not received baptism)has previously started with 'Tokens of Trust' (see below) and then moved to more focussed personal consideration.
For children seeking confirmation, separate preparation is offered if, after discussion with parents, this seems appropriate.
Lent Courses 2015
This year, St Saviour's is offering - with its sister church, St Peter's, Belsize Park - three possible courses for study, each opening a different facet of imformation, devotion and reflection suitable for this season. Together they span the weeks before and during Lent up to Holy Week.
Tokens of Trust - exploring Christian Faith
This course was our main Initiation Programme for some years, and is still available. A Power-point presentation with discussions, based on the book 'Tokens of Trust' – An introduction to Christian belief by Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury), it examines some of the main claims of the Christian Creeds from a broad contemporary perspective.
We present a digest of Williams' book over six sessions to make it possible for people with or without a religious background to consider, without any pressure to come to church, what Christian Faith can mean to people who follow it. Equally, it invites questions from any who have been ‘turned off’ Christianity, to explore possible answers.
For queries on any of the above please ring 07971 223764