Christian Formation and Discipleship

 

 

C.F.D.

 

Christian Formation and Discipleship (CFD) is a ministry of the First Presbyterian Church of Everett. The purpose of CFD is to encourage and facilitate our congregation’s transformation into the image of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, so that we may be liberated to testify in words and deeds to the Mission and Reign of God in the world. I am in agony until Christ is formed in you (Apostle Paul: Gal. 4:9)

 

We have developed three sets of strategic principles of Christian Formation through which we seek God’s power to establish, sustain, and renew our faithful identity as God’s people:

Evangelical Principles

CHURCH PRINCIPLE: We don’t go to church; we are the church!

 

MISSION PRINCIPLE: We don’t have a mission program; we are a people in mission! (i.e. We don’t exist for ourselves but for the world God loves!)

Embodiment Principles

STORY PRINCIPLE: We order our life together according to God’s Story (Church year and Lectionary)!

 

SPECIAL EVENTS PRINCIPLE: We celebrate our unique identity together in seven annual inter-generational events (Advent Event→Christmas, Ash Wednesday→Lent, Holy Week, Pentecost Event, Vacation Bible School, All Church Retreat, Mission-Tide Series)!

 

CORE PRACTICES PRINCIPLE: Congregational life consists of six interdependent core practices (worship, listening, learning, fellowship, service and advocacy) that together express our collective redeemed humanity!

 

Empowerment Principles

REFORMED PRINCIPLE: We are a work in progress (the church reformed and always being reformed by the Word of God), called to life-long repentance!

 

HOLY SPIRIT PRINCIPLE: We seek empowerment by the Holy Spirit, learning to trust the “logic of the Spirit” (affirmation, crucifixion, transformation) in all we think, feel, and do!

 


CONFIRMATION CLASS AT FPCE 

Confirmation at FPCE, is a class designed for youth (6th – 12th grade), college students and young adults who are considering membership in the church. The biblical concept of covenant loyalty is introduced in relation to the practice of Confirmation. Because God has been loyal/faithful to us, we are called to be loyal/faithful to God. Confirmation calls us to make specific promises to God, ourselves, and the church.


Pastor Alan is leading a Confirmation class this fall, using the Big God Big Questions Confirmation for a Growing Faith curriculum. The class will focus on learning the core principles of our faith. Over the course of our confirmation class, we will study our relationship with God and with each other. We will be guided by the questions of membership from the Book of Common Worship, the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, Reformed tradition, group and mentor work and scripture study.


Confirmation class meets on the first and third Sundays. For more information, please see Pastor Alan.


Class Schedule:

Wednesday February 26th – Ash Wednesday; 5:30pm in Calvin Lounge

Theme – Will you devote yourself to the breaking of the bread? 


Sunday March 1st – 11:15am (Room TBD)

Theme – Will you devote yourself to the prayers? 


Sunday March 15th – 11:15am (Room TBD)

Theme – Are you ready? 


Thursday April 9th – Maundy Thursday; 5:30pm Calvin Lounge


Tuesday April 14th – Session Meeting; 6pm Calvin Lounge


Sunday April 19th – 10am for Worship