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EYC in February

5:00 pm - Jr. EYC
6:00 pm - Dinner (Both Jr. EYC & Sr. EYC)
6:45 pm - Sr. EYC

  • 2/5 thru 2/7 - New Beginnings 35 at Camp Mikell, this is our middle school retreat
  • 2/7 - Youth Led Liturgy at 4pm. After the Liturgy, we will have the Super Bowl Party at the Watkins. Please bring 5-10 canned goods for our Souper Bowl Can Drive!
  • 2/9 - Pancake Supper from 5-8pm. This is a fundraiser for our mission trip, and we need youth help! Sign up to help!
  • 2/12 - Parents' Night Out from 6:30-9:30pm. Drop your children, 1 and up, off at the church and enjoy a night out on the town. Our middle school youth have a great night of fun activities planned out! 
  • 2/14 - Regular EYC, join us for a special lesson about Love for Valentine's Day
  • 2/19 thru 2/21 - Happening 65 at Camp Mikell, this is our high school retreat!
  • 2/21 - Regular EYC
  • 2/28 - Regular EYC, St. Paddy's Day Dinner Rehearsal


Above: Elora preached at our Youth Led Liturgy in January. Ted is preaching on February 7 at our next Youth Led Liturgy!


St. Columba's Partners with Family Promise

     We're very excited about our new partnership with Family Promise of Forsyth County!  Family Promise provides food, shelter, and support services to homeless families in our county.  A national organization, Family Promise will soon establish their presence in Forsyth.  Once established Family Promise of Forsyth will join over 135 networks across the United States.  In total, there are over 4500 congregations and 110,000 volunteers at work year-round ministering to families who are homeless helping them get back on their feet and into living arrangements that are permanent.  On average more than 70% of the families who participate in Family Promise find permanent housing.  In addition, those without jobs enter into job training, enroll in school, and become self-sufficient after a short time participating in Family Promise program.

     Sadly, the number of families who suddenly become homeless in Forsyth County is growing at an astronomical rate.  Presently there are close to 500 children who are identified as part of a homeless family by Forsyth County school system.  This number of homeless families is estimated to double when counting children under the age of 5 who are not yet part of the public school system.  The majority of these families had a place to live but through an unexpected job loss, major illness, divorce, or personal tragedy they lose everything.  If they are lucky, they can live with friends or relatives.  Many do not have even this opportunity and resort to living in expensive long-term stay motels or even in their cars.

     As a sponsoring church of Family Promise, St. Columba's will join 12 other churches in our county and provide a temporary place to sleep, a hot meal, and hospitality to several families for four weeks a year.  Each church becomes a temporary home for these families for four one-week sessions.  Participants arrive each evening and volunteers from St. Columba provide a hot meal and hospitality.  The next morning we serve a continental breakfast and a sack lunch.  Participants leave by 7am and go to the Family Promise day center where they can use the shower facilities as well as washers and dryers.  Many will go to work.  Those who do not have jobs will receive job training and help finding a job.  Children will go to school; children not old enough to attend school participate in a special program at the Day Center.  Each family participates in Family Promise for about one month.  70% of families are able to get back on their feet through the help churches and Family Promise provide.  If necessary, a family can continue in the program one additional month.

     Family Promise is not a shelter.  Family Promise provides transitional housing using space of our area churches.  The volunteers at the 13 host churches as well as additional volunteers from the community directly change these families lives and help them get back on their feet.

     How can you be a part of this phenomenal outreach ministry?  We will need approximately 45 volunteers to cover each of our four one-week sessions.  You can help cook a meal for these fourteen people.  You can volunteer as one of the two parishioners who stay one night at the church as church host.  You can come one evening and help provide hospitality and/or homework help for the children of these 3-4 families (up to 14 people maximum).  You can serve once during the four weeks we serve as a host church, or you can serve once each of the four weeks, or you can sever more often if you'd like.  

    When will our weeks be?  Family Promise is still recruiting host churches.  Once they get the number of host churches needed, we will develop a schedule.  As soon as the schedule is set, we'll publicize the dates we'll be hosting families.  Family Promise hopes to begin in Forsyth in the late Spring of 2016.  As the official beginning of the program in our county gets near, we'll have an informational meeting during the Rector's Forum on a Sunday morning as well as post volunteer sign up links on our website and in the weekly parish email.  So look for those announcements and links after Easter.  Meanwhile, pray for this phenomenal ministry and those we will be able to serve in the name of our Lord.

    Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”  (St. Matthew 24: 34-40)

Click Here to learn more about Family Promise.


First Communion Classes

February 14 – March 13, 2016

First Communion class is open to all children who are at least 6 years of age, regardless of whether they have received Communion in the past. We will be taking a deeper look at the meaning of Communion and Sacramental Grace leading up to the First Communion Mass which will take place on March 13 at 9:00 am. The class will meet for five 45-minute sessions and end with a half-day retreat, which will be on Saturday, March 7.

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What is First Communion Class?

First Communion class is a program for children of at least six years of age to help them get the most out of Mass by giving them the instruction they need to participate in a more well-informed and intentional way.

My child already receives Communion. Can she still participate?

In the Episcopal Church, every baptized Christian is allowed to receive Communion, so naturally some children have already received Communion. Other parents choose to wait until their child has had instruction before permitting them to receive Communion. But whether this is your child’s first Communion or their 300th, this class is valuable because it will give her a new and deeper experience of the Mass.

When does this class meet?

The program we are using this year is part of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Curriculum which we use in Sunday school. It has four one-hour sessions and a half-day retreat for the children. All meetings will be at the St. Columba’s Church. The meeting times recently changed based on the schedules of those currently enrolled.  The new class times are as follows:

▪   Sunday, 14 February @ 11:00 - 11:45 am

▪   Sunday, 21 February @ 11:00 - 11:45 am

▪   Sunday, 28 February @ 11:00 - 11:45 am

▪   Sunday, 6 March @ 11:00 - 11:45 am

▪   Saturday, 12 March @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

▪   Sunday, 13 March @ 9:00am - First Communion Mass

When is the First Communion Mass?

The First Communion Mass will be on Sunday, March 8 at 9:00am. The children will be front and center, and the whole parish will celebrate this important rite of passage with them. You may want to invite friends and family to join us as well.

How do I find out more?

If you have any questions, feel free to speak with Kristin Weems during the Sunday school hour (Level III Atrium, Cottage 302) or contact Father Tripp with any additional questions you may have.

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EYC in January

5:00 pm - Jr. EYC
6:00 pm - Dinner (Both Jr. EYC & Sr. EYC)
6:45 pm - Sr. EYC

  • 1/3 - Regular EYC 
  • 1/8 thru 1/10 - DYC Retreat
  • 1/10 - Youth Led Liturgy at 4pm and Movie Night to follow
  • 1/17 - Regular EYC
  • 1/24 - Regular EYC
  • 1/29 thru 1/30 - Happening Team Training at St. Philip's
  • 1/31 - Regular EYC

Above: Our Sr. EYC girls at the Christmas Party!


New Small Group Opportunities for Adults

Holy Stories, Ancient & Modern

January 17 - March 20, 2016

10:10 am (In the Library - Cottage #102)

Retelling the story central to our faith, beginning with the Magi's journey to Bethlehem and continuing through Jesus' passion of the cross, we'll discover how these ancient stories call out, inspire, move, and change us.  We'll go into the stories that make us who we are:  the beloved of God, holy people for a broken world.

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Yearning:  Practicing An Ancient Faith In A Modern World

Every Sunday beginning Sunday, February 7, 2016

5:00 pm (In the Library - Cottage #102)

This small group will offer a combination of Bible study, prayer, discussion, and felllowship as we talk about the changing face of religion and spirituality in culture and what that means as we seek to live as sacramental, spiritual followers of Christ in an increasingly complex, divided, and secular world.  We'll meet each Sunday evening from 5:00 - 6:30, and dinner will be provided.

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Killing Jesus

Thursdays, January 14 - March 17, 2016

12:30 pm (In the Narthex)

Our regular mid-week Bible study will change things up for a few weeks this winter.  We'll read Bill O'Reilly's book Killing Jesus.  This is a wonderful mid-week opportunity for lively discussion over coffee and refreshments during the lunch hour.