Sunday School is offered at Pohick for children and youth three years of age through high school, as well as for adults. Classes are held September through May from 10:1511:05 a.m. Registration for young people is normally on the Sunday after Labor Day, with classes beginning the following week, although students are welcome to enroll at any time during the year. Children who attend the 9:00 a.m. service follow behind the Crucifer at the end of worship and go directly to their classes.
Adult classes are normally held in the Annex of the Parish House and are led by the clergy or trained lay leaders. Current offerings are listed on the parish home page.
Students in Pre-K through 4th Grade follow the Godly Play Curriculum, whose lessons are based upon biblical stories and themes found in Sunday worship.
Students in Fifth Grade through High School follow the Living the Good News Curriculum, which offers age-appropriate lessons on biblical, ethical and liturgical themes.
There is at least one Adult class offered each semester, with topics varying from year to year. In the Winter through Spring, one of the clergy conducts an Adult Inquirer's Class, which seeks to educate students about our Christian faith and Anglican heritage in preparation for Confirmation or Reception by one of our bishops in June. It is also a good refresher for present church members.
A paid attendant is on duty at all Sunday services; there are also two or more assistant volunteers. Infants through preschool age are welcome. The nursery is located directly to the right of the Common Room (lower floor of the Parish House). When the Common Room is being used, please drop off and pick up children by using the outside door to the nursery.
These ministries provide a way for our youngest worshipers to participate on their level of understanding in the "Ministry of the Word" portion of the 9:00 am service, while rejoining their families in the Church for Holy Communion after the Peace is exchanged.
Pohick has a Primary EYC (Episcopal Young Churchmen) for students in the fifth through sixth grade, a Jr. EYC for students in the seventh through eighth grade, and a Sr. EYC for those in ninth through twelfth grade. All three groups participate in service projects, trips, retreats, and, of course, outings that are "just-for-fun!" The usual meeting time is on Sunday evenings in the Parish House. See our Youth Page for more details.
Either the Rector or the Assistant conducts confirmation classes for youth in grades six through twelve during the second half of the school year, normally on Sunday evenings 5-6 pm. The Rector offers an Adult Inquirer's class concurrently during the Sunday School hour. Both courses seek to educate students about our Christian faith and Anglican heritage in preparation for Confirmation or Reception by one of our bishops in June.
Vacation Bible School takes place every July for one week from 9:0012:00 noon. We welcome students from around the local community to enjoy a time of worship, singing, bible lessons, arts and crafts, and games. On the concluding Friday, the children invite their parents to a concluding program that puts on display what they have learned and done throughout the week. This is a joyous event, which offers a memorable experience for all the children who come.
Alpha. Begun at Holy Trinity, Brompton Road in London, this course has since spread around the world, offering an introduction to our Christian faith to those seeking spiritual nourishment. Pohick offers this dinner series once or twice a year in the evenings. Contact the Rev. Dr. Ruth E. Correll for more information. Click here for the current offering.
Education for Ministry. In 1985, a few stalwart parishioners formed the first Education for Ministry (EFM) class at Pohick, and since then it has met every year. A second class was added five years later. The EFM program, operated by the University of the South Theological Extension Center located in Sewanee, Tennessee, is a four-year program that focuses on the study of Holy Scripture, Church History and tradition, and theology. The comprehensive program emphasizes preparing students for ministry in Christ's name. Since 1990, mentors for EFM have come from Pohick's laity. Leave a message in the office to speak with Denise McHugh for more information.
Adult Sunday School. During the Sunday school hour (10:15-11:05 am), there are one or more adult education classes dealing with a variety of topics centered on our Christian faith. These are led by the clergy or a trained adult leaders. Current offerings are listed on the parish home page.
Brotherhood of St. Andrew. The Pohick chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew conducts a bible study at its weekly Saturday breakfast, 89 am.
Lenten Series. During the five Wednesdays following Ash Wednesday, parishioners and guests gather for a Potluck Dinner at 6:30 pm followed by a variety of course offerings for both Young People and Adults. Worship caps off the evening at 8:00 pm.
Other Study Groups. Other Study Groups may be offered at varying times throughout the year at the request of parishioners. Articles in the Parish newsletter, The Pohick Post, will notify you of these groups as they form.
Spiritual Direction. Spiritual Direction is available from the clergy for individuals seeking guidance in their spiritual lives and wishing to find ways to deepen their devotional times.