Formation Everywhere!

By Katherine Karr-Cornejo

When you hear Christian Formation, what images come to you? A Sunday School classroom? A Wednesday evening lecture? A film discussion? LEGO creations?

All of this is Christian Formation, but formation is so much more than those opportunities. God is forming us through our participation in worship, through our conversations at coffee hour, through the work we do, the play we enjoy, and the relationships we build.

We are being formed as Christians constantly!

What ministry is God calling you into? How are you being formed through those ministries?

The Education and Youth Committee of the Cathedral will be reaching out to formal ministries of the Cathedral in the coming months to ask this question and to find out ways that we can come alongside and equip people in ministry at the Cathedral to deepen their knowledge of God where they are called to be: to be formed! We look forward to these conversations, and hope that together we can strengthen the flourishing of our knowledge of Christ and our service to Christ.

Children and Youth Formation during Lent

By Lucas Kulhanek-Arenas

As we immerse ourselves into Lent, our children and youth ministry programming shifts focus.

Normally during this season, we are called to give something up as a reflection of our penitence to Christ and remembering Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert.

I would like to encourage an alternative way of observing Lent, taking on a new practice to enrich your faith. Our children and youth ministries will be taking on new observances by serving Christ in others through action and live into our identity as members of the Jesus movement.

Each Sunday morning, children and youth are invited to join us for pretzel making at 9 am. I’m currently looking for volunteers to assist with the program since I will be busy at the 9 am Family Service. Making pretzels is a great fellowship activity and way for us to raise money for donation to Episcopal Migration Ministries – an organization that works with “affiliate partners to provide refugees with the information and services they require to thrive in their new communities.”

Children’s Illustrated Ministries: A Family Journey Through Lent is a resource filled with devotionals, activity sheets and coloring pages for families to use together through Lent. This packet has seven weeks of family devotions that are simple, but meaningful. The seven devotions are based on Gospel readings for the lectionary. Each devotion includes a brief reflection, discussion questions, an activity, and a prayer for each week. They will be available shortly. Please contact Lucas if you’re interested in a copy. You can also find them on the little table as you exit the Welcome Center into the hallway of Jewett House.

During Lent, St. John’s Youth Group will focus on being a follower of Jesus and serving Christ through others.

One of the ways in which we will serve will include an evening when we will go to Cup of Cool Water to learn about the organization and assist at the facility. This organization focuses on “walk[ing] alongside youth who are homeless. Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, [they] build healthy relationships, provide services, and disciple street youth. [Cup] provide[s] a safe, peaceful space where youth can experience a respite from street culture.”

Volunteering at this organization is one of the many ways in which we can give back to our greater Spokane community.

Also during Lent, we will gather at West Central Episcopal Mission (which serves those in need in the West Central neighborhood) to serve. We will be guided in cleaning the facilities and serving the organization in any way they need assistance. This may occur on a Sunday instead of a Wednesday evening.

Young Eagles will also have the opportunity to serve at the Cathedral and potentially at other organizations such as West Central Episcopal Mission. Instilling service learning in our youngest members prepares them for a life of thoughtful inquiry and encountering God in hands-on ministry.

The Promise, A Lenten family service of joyful noise, will begin at 9 am in All Saint’s Chapel on Sundays beginning February 18th. This is a unique, welcoming Eucharist with energetic participation and an interactive liturgy especially suited for families with small children. This service lasts half an hour.

Our youngest members will be busy with serving our St. John’s Cathedral family and Spokane!

Matthew 25:35-36 says, “for I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and youth clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

We will be living into our identity as members of the Jesus Movement and as Christians. We will strive to look for Christ and serve him in others.

Formation happenings in Lent at the Cathedral

By Katherine Karr- Cornejo

Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

Have you ever wished to deepen your relationship with God? To experience a warm friendship with God? Maybe even fall in love with God – again – or for the very first time?

From 9:15-10:15 each Sunday in Lent (February 18-March 18), you are invited to enter into the Gospel of John in conversation in our community. We will pray, learn, and listen together as we seek greater knowledge of God and our relationship with the divine and one another. While we encourage participants to attend every week and to engage in the spiritual discipline of the journal during the week, all are welcome – for one Sunday or all Sundays, for mostly group work or exclusively individual reflection.

Presiding Bishop Curry invites us into Lenten conversation.

Thanks to the generosity of the Diocese, we are all invited into this Lenten offering from the Society of St John the Evangelist. Prayer journals are available at no cost at the Cathedral; free printable versions of the journals are available here.

Questions? Contact Kristi Philip or Katherine Karr-Cornejo

Everyday Holiness

Mark your calendars for our annual Lenten Wednesday series! This year, our theme is “Everyday Holiness.” Lent is often a time in which we seek out a discipline to practice – to give something up, to take on something new. In this series, we hope to cultivate an understanding of the concept of holiness and the way it can apply to our lives in this place and in this time. Please join us!

The schedule every Wednesday is as follows:

  • 5:30pm — Eucharist
  • 6:15pm — Soup Supper – watch for soup/salad/bread sign ups!
  • 7pm-8pm — Program

Childcare provided upon request

February 21: Come hear from Dr. Joy Milos CSJ, Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University as she teaches us What is Holiness?

February 28: The Rev. Canon Kristi Philip, Interim Vicar of the Cathedral, will speak on The Practice of Hospitality

March 7: Kathy Finley, Teacher, Author, and Spiritual Director, will share from her recent work Savoring God: God in the Midst of the Ordinary

March 14: Our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Gretchen Rehberg, will teach us about The Rhythm of Prayer

March 21: We welcome Rabbi Elizabeth Goldstein, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University and Rabbi to the Jewish Community of the Palouse as she educates us on The Practice of Sabbath

Questions? Contact Kristi Philip or Katherine Karr-Cornejo

Questions about the meal? Contact Dave Walker